168th Support Battalion, US Army
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168TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Celeste (Light Blue), wings conjoined in base Argent surmounted by an oak leaf palewise throughout Or; on a chief Gules, thereon a pale of the second between two mullets Argent (Silver Gray), a wheel of the third.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Celeste, a trivet Argent (Silver Gray) surmounted by a gear Crimson, superimposed by a torteau fimbriated of the first, void of the like, bearing an Indian head in profile and couped Proper.
Motto: Pursuit of excellence.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a winged oak leaf erect diagonally divided from upper left to lower right and red, bearing between two silver stars at top and bottom, the upper star with one point up and the lower with one point down, a yellow wheel with four spokes in saltire; the wings silver, elevated and issuing from the stem of the leaf. Attached below the device a blue scroll inscribed "PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE" in silver color metal letters.
The oak leaf denotes strength. The Wings stands both for swiftness and the Battalion's previous aviation maintenance role. The Wheel is for mobility and versatility. The colors bule, red and yellow stand for the varying technical companies which compromise the Battalion and for the Combat Arms which it supports. The Two stars indicates the Unit's two campaigns of World War II - the Rhineland and Central Europe. They also refer to the "COSTAR" origin of maintenance direct support Battalions. The Trivet, and iron frame used for support, alludes to the Support function. The Gear Wheel indicated the transition from Maintenance to Support Branch. The Indian head symbolises the Location at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Oklahoma was formerly known as the Indian Territory.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 16 September 2006. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was orignally approved on ? December 1966 for the 68th Maintenance Battalion. It was redesignated for the 168th Support Battalion on 16 September 2006.
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