372nd Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army
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372ND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Sable, a quill and key bow and nib to base, saltirewise Or superimposed by a torch Proper, all debruised by a fess chequey Azure (Oriental Blue) and Argent.
Crest:That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Sable, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: In Serach of Truth
Distinctive Unit Insignia: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Sable, a quill and key bow and nib to base, saltirewise Or superimposed by a torch Proper, all debruised by a fess chequey Azure (Oriental Blue) and Argent. Attached below the shield is an oriental blue scroll inscribed "IN SEARCH OF TRUTH" in gold.
Shield: Oriental Blue is the primary color traditionally used by the Military Intelligence Branch. Gold alludes to the nickname of California, "The Golden State." The contrasting black and gold underscore night and day vigilance as well as covert and overt missions. The torch embodies leadership with its flames symbolizing the "gift of tongues," hence the linguistic capabilities of the battalion. The key refers to the mission of Military Intelligence organizations. The quill highlights the unit’s role in transcribing and interpreting information. The checkered area, emblematic of a chessboard, represents military strategy. Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.
The Coat of Arms and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was authorized on 19 Aug 1998.