205th Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army
205TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure (Oriental Blue), on a pale Argent (Silver Gray) a torch Sable enflamed Gules superimposed by a sword Argent hilt Or grip garnished Gules, between two quills palewise Argent.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Azure (Oriental Blue), a lightning flash palewise Gules rising from a wreath of palm Proper, overall an Oriental dragon passant Or armed Gules and garnished Azure (Oriental Blue).
Motto: PACIFIC VIGILANCE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure (Oriental Blue), on a pale Argent (Silver Gray) a torch Sable enflamed Gules superimposed by a sword Argent hilt Or grip garnished Gules, between two quills palewise Argent. Attached below the shield a Black scroll doubled and inscribed "PACIFIC VIGILANCE" in Silver.
Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors traditionally associated with Military Intelligence units. Blue conveys devotion and loyalty, red is indicative of courage and zeal, while white portrays integrity. Gold reflects excellence, achievement and high ideals; black reflects covert capabilities. The quills symbolize the unit's analytical functions; the torch signifies guidance, leadership and knowledge. The sword is symbolic of military preparedness. Crest: The lightning flash indicates speed and accuracy and alludes to the Battalion's heritage and association with the Signal Corps. It is red to indicate the Meritorious Unit Commendation received by the unit during World War II. The palm fronds stand for victory while the Oriental dragon personifies vigilance and preparedness. They suggest the Pacific Theater and reflect the unit's motto.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 6 January 1993.
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