418th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army
418TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Purpure, a lion rampant guardant Argent, armed and langued Gules, grasping in dexter paw a scimitar Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath 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: PROUD READY
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Purpure, a lion rampant guardant Argent, grasping in dexter paw a scimitar Or. Attached below the shield a bipartite purple scroll inscribed, "PROUD READY" in silver.
Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. The rampant lion and scimitar are symbolic of strength and courage and reflect the Battalion's campaign participation in Southwest Asia, while underscoring the unit's motto "Proud Ready."
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 8 March 1993. Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons nad Olompvo on Pinterest. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.