915th Support Battalion, US Army

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915TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 915th Support Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 915th Support Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Per fess Gules and Purpure, on a fess Or a stylized writing pen of the second and a sword Sable saltirewise points up, debruised by a pale of the third surmounted by another of the fourth bearing a horseshoe nail point down; on either side in chief a demi-horse couped rampant and respectant, in base the Greek letters alpha and Omega of the second.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, Sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: For want of a nail.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in hieght overall consisting of a shiled blazoned: Per fess Gules and Purpure, on a fess Or a stylized writing pen of the second and a sword Sable saltirewise points up, debruised by a pale of the third surmounted by another of the fourth bearing a horseshoe nail point down; on either side in chief a demi-horse couped rampant and respectant, in base the Greek letters Alpha and Omega of the second. Attached around the bottom and side of the shield is a Black scroll inscribed "FOR WANT OF A NAIL" in Gold letters.

Origin/meaning

The Horses and Horseshoe Nail alludes to the Motto. Which originates from a famous medival rhyme showing that small actions can result in large consequneces. The Pale alludes to Support. The Pen and Sword represents contracting capabilities and military preparedness respectively. The Alpha and Omega refers to the contracting process.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 16 May 2009.


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Literature: Images and further Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.