314th Support Battalion, US Army
314TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess Gules and Buff, on two chevrons conjoined Argent, between in chief a firebomb Sable fimbriated of the third, enflammed Proper, bearing a fleur-de-lis Or and in base two swords in saltire.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Gules, the Lexington Munite Man Proper. The Statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor) stands on the common if Lexington. Massachusetts.
Motto: Sustaining Freedom's fight.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a buff background bearing two crossed silver swords, blades up, surmounted by a black fire bomb with red flame, all below two white chevrons conjoined. Attached below and to the sides, a red scroll inscribed "SUSTAINING FREEDOM'S FIGHT" in silver.
Buff and red are the colours of the Support Units. The Fleur-de-lis, chevrons, and wavys suggest the Unit's European campaign credits, during World War II. The Firebomb symbolises the origin as an Ordnance Unit. The chevrons and buff background allude to the "basin surrounded by mountains", describing the site of the City of Las Vegas the location of the Battalion. The crossed swords symbolises military readiness.
The Coat of Arms and The Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 16 February 2007. Literature: Images from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.