222nd Aviation Regiment, US Army
222ND AVIATION REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure, three pairs of wings addorsed conjoined in triangle Argent, overall an Orange voided of the First.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure), four pheons crosswise, points convergent Or, ferrules banded Gules, debruising an annulet of stylized bamboo Proper.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver colored metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of three pairs of silver wings, back to back, issuing, in the shape of a spiral, from a central blue disc.
Coat of Arms: Ultramarine blue and golden orange are the colors traditionally associated with Aviation units. The wings, in the shape of a spiral are representative of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and refer to the two types of aircraft used by the unit in performing their mission of tactical transport and logistical support. The three pairs of wings also allude to the unit's numerical designation "222." The blue disc at the center denotes the sky and the Pacific area where the unit was originally activated. Crest: The unit's combat service in Vietnam is emphasized by the colors of the design elements (yellow, red and green) and characterized by the convergence if the pheons "on target." They form a cross, alluding to the four awards of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm earned by the unit. They are banded in scarlet to acknowledge the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The bamboo annulet is symbolic of Vietnam and signifies the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The wings in the shape of a spiral stand for both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. They refer to the two types of aircraft used by the Battalion in performing their mission of tactical transport and logistical support. In addition, the three pairs of wings allude to the unit's numerical designation, i.e., "222". The blue disc from which the wings issue stands for the sky and for the Pacific area where the Battalion was activated.
The arms were originally approved on 25 February 1988. It was revised to add a crest on 21 November 1988. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 31 August 1966.
Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry.