158th Cavalry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard
158TH CAVALRY REGIMENT, MARYLAND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Or a mullet of eight points pieced Sable enfiled by two sabers in saltire Gules, on a chief paly of six Sable and Or a bend counterchanged.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Maryland Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (Or and Sable) a cross bottony per cross quarterly Gules and Argent.
Motto: FIRST TO THE FRONT.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Or a mullet of eight points pieced Sable enfiled by two sabers in saltire Gules, on a chief paly of six Sable and Or a bend counterchanged. Attached below the shield is a Black scroll inscribed "FIRST TO THE FRONT" in Gold letters.
Yellow is the color traditionally associated with Cavalry. The black and yellow pattern of the chief (upper portion of the shield) is an adaptation of the Calvert Coat of Arms used on the Maryland State Flag and defines the unit as Maryland Army National Guard. The sabers and spur rowel, symbolic of Cavalry, are intermeshed to indicate strength; the points of the spur rowel denote the multifaceted abilities of a Cavalry unit.
The arms and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 4 November 1981. Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information form The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.