533rd Support Battalion, US Army
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533RD SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, issuant from base, a battle axe Or, surmounted by a knapsack Sable, buckles and a pendant bearing a key, ward to base and outward, all of the second, the shouldes strap entiwined with the axe head; on a chief of the third edged of the second a lion passant guardant of the last garnished Sable.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, 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: Standard of Excellence.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall consisting of a black knapsack with gold buckles and charged with a gold Normandy lion Pendant from the upper left hand corner of the knapsack a gold key, all in front of a gold axe, and entwined throughout with a black shoulder strap, arched in base and bearing the inscription "STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE" in gold letters.
The Knapsack and Key alludes to the support function of the Battalion. The Battle-Axe symbolises the sustainment of the fighting soldier. The Lion symbolises participation in the Normandy Landing in 1944.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 16 September 2008. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 533rd Supply and Service Battalion on 16 March 1967. It was redesignated on 16 September 2008 for the 533rd support Battalion, with the description and symbolism updated.
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Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.