Twenty-eight Soldiers in the Electronic Warfare Specialist Basic Course were the first students to receive the new EW collar insignia at a graduation and cresting ceremony, Dec. 13, 2012, at Fort Sill, Okla. The Electronic Warfare crest features a lightning bolt, key and shield. The lightning bolt represents the Army's intent to rapidly, decisively and precisely strike at the adversary with an electronic attack. The key symbolizes the means by which Soldiers unlock access to knowledge of the adversary, and the safekeeping of friendly capabilities and knowledge through electronic support and protection. The shield represents the unconditional commitment to electronically protect people, information and equipment from danger and harm. Together they represent the Army's commitment to control the electromagnetic spectrum to gain and maintain the advantage in the operational environment.