24th Transportation Battalion, US Army
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24TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules (Brick Red), a pilot's wheel within an orle of rope Or, on a chief of the like a bar wavy Sable
Crest: From a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red) a wreath of palm Vert superimposed by a sword and scimitar saltirewise points down Argent with grips of the foirst surmounted by a polestar of the like voided Gules interlaced by an annulet Azure.
Motto: Service is our product
Distinctive Unit Insignia: Description : A Gold volored base metal and enamel insignia 1 1/4 Inches (3.18 cm) overall consiting of a gold pilot's wheel fo eight spokes
with a brick red rim in saltire two parallel gold diagonal lines surmounted by a black wavy diagonal band; all above a gold scroll interlaced with the five lower handles
of the wheel , and inscribed "SERVICE IS OUR PRODUCT" In black letters
The pilot's wheel symbolises the Battalion's mission of providing command staff direction to attached units. The rope alludes to terminal service facilities
for loading and unloading and for the tansshipment of cargo and personnel. The Wavy band is from the Arms of the Rhineland and symbolises the Campaigns of World War II
The Crest The points of the polestar commemorate the unit's four decorations, Red för the Meritorious Unit Commandation. Blue, White and gold are the colours of the Joint Meritorious Award. The Blue annulet alludes to a Globe and thus the Worldwide mission of the Battalion. The Sword and Scimitar symbolises World War II and Southwest Asia service. Vietnam War service is symbolised by the Palm Branches.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 22 April 1966 and the Coat of Arms on 25 September 1998, it was amended to include a Crest on 13 Jauary 1999.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army