16th Ordnance Battalion, US Army

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Arms of 16th Ordnance Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 16th Ordnance Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Or, between two arced lighting bolts Gules a bomb Sable enflamed of the first garnished of the Second, superimposed by a gauntlet issuing from sinister base holding a sword palewise of the Frist with a blade Argent
Crest: From a wreath Or and Gules a demi-annulet of the like fimbriated Argent superimposed by a Torii Sable entwined with a laurel branch bendwise of the Frist.
Motto: We train to maintain

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a gold disc encircled by a red scroll folded back upon itself in base and inscribed "WE TRAIN TO" on the left and "MAINTAIN" on the right in gold letters, over all a black bomb emitting gold flames to top and two lightning bolts, one on either side, arcing to base, all superimposed by a gold right hand gauntlet grasping an upright gold sword with white blade.


The flaming bomb suggests the unit's mission; the two lightning bolts respresent the unit's World War II combat action: the campaign streamer for Air Offensive, Japan and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the Pacific Theater. The lightning bolts are red in reference to the Mertitorious Commandation and the Rising Sun of the Japanese Flag. The Gauntlet grasping the Sword symbolises the Unit's readiness and its determination to accomplish its military mission. The Torii gates symbolises the service against Japan during World War II. The Laurel Branch symbolises excellence and High Achievement. The Red demi-annulet honours the Battalion's Meritorious Unit Commendation and alludes to the Sun Symbols of Japan and the Pacific Theater. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved 13 November 1986 and the Coat of Arms on 21 October 1999.

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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.