368th Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army

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368TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 368th Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 368th Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Azure (Oriental Blue) a helm Argent (Silver Gray) garnished of the first superimposed by a sword palewise Sable; a bordure wavy Gules fimbriated Argent.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Azure (Oriental Blue), the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: VANGUARD OF THE PACIFIC.

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure (Oriental Blue) a helm Argent (Silver Gray) garnished of the first superimposed by a sword palewise Sable; a bordure wavy Gules fimbriated Argent. Attached below the shield is a black scroll inscribed "VANGUARD OF THE PACIFIC" in silver.

Origin/meaning

Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors traditionally used by the Military Intelligence Corps. Red denotes valor and zeal; the wavy border alludes to the Pacific rim, the ring of fire. The blue represents the Pacific Ocean. Black is the color of stealth and together with gray represents the Military Intelligence unit’s night and day vigilance and covert and overt missions. The helmet and sword highlight the organization’s combat preparedness. The unsheathed sword implies the vanguard position thus reinforcing the motto.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insigniawas authorized for the 368th Military Intelligence Battalion on 11 September 1998.


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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.