70th Support Battalion, US Army
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70TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per chevron enhanced Or and Vert, issuing from a powder horn fesswise, large part to dexter and resting on a quill, shaft point to dexter; with the sling entwining both are three chevronels braced with sinister legs beveled twice of the first; a bordure quarterly Buff and Gules.
Motto: Vis per sustentationem (Strength through Support).
Distinctive Unit insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamle device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a green area bearing three gold chevrons with the right leg of each simulating a lightning flash, all interlaced above a horizontal buff area and the whole enclosed across the top by an enarched red scroll inscribed "VIS PER SUSTENTATIONEM" in gold, and across its base by a gold 18th century powder horn, with its sling entwining a gold feather that passes along the lower edge of the horn with its hsaft and the large part of the horn to the left.
Scarlet and Buff are the colors of the Support Units. The Powder horn and Quill indicates the occupational equipment of Captain Merriweather Lewis, who established the first Camp site in the Fort Lewis Area, the Original Unit Location. The Fort was named in the Captain's Honour. The Chevrons symbolises support and the Mountainous region where the Fort is located. The Green Field alludes to Washington State "The Evergreen State", indicating the location of Fort Lewis to that State. The Lightning flashes suggests the Insignia of the US Strike Command, which refer to the historical scope of the Unit's logistic support.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 28 September 2007. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 28 January 1970, it was amended to update the description and revise the symbolism on 28 September 2007.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army