394th Support Battalion, US Army
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394TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Vert, a fillet cross throughout Or, surmounted by a triangel Gules (Crimson) fimbriated of the second and surmounted in base by a bomb Sable enflamed Proper charged with a hawk's eye of the like.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert , 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.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of a green background quartered in gold, surmounted overall by a red (crimson) triangle; in base and in front of the triangle and extending below it a bleck firebomb emitting a gold flame, the firebomb charged in the center with a simulated hawk eye, all below semi-circular scroll of three sections inscribed "MISSION SUPPORT SUCCESS" in black letters.
The Green Background quartered in gold symbolises the geometric landscape of Iowa, the home location of the Battalion. The Red and Yellow Colours and the Firebomb allude to the Unit's Ordnance heritage. The Hawk's Eye alludes to the nickname of Iowa as the "Hawkeye State", it also symbolises vigilance. The Triangle stands for support.
Th Coat of Arms was approved on 16 September 1995. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 394th Ordnance Battalion on 16 March 1970. It was redesignated with description and symbolism revised effective 16 September 1995.
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Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.