411th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army
411TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY
Blazon: Argent, a pile Purpure bearing a torch Or, overall two scimitars saltirewise of the like, grips Gules.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Purpure, 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: ASSISTANCE, VICTORY, PEACE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in width overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, a pile Purpure bearing a torch Or, overall two scimitars saltirewise of the like. Attached around the sides and base of the shield a red scroll inscribed "ASSISTANCE VICTORY PEACE" in gold.
Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs units. The torch represents leadership and guidance. The swords recall the baptism of fire during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 15 March 1993.
Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.
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