426th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

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426TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Per pale point in point indented Purpure and Argent, a torch Or enflamed 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: EXCEEDING THE STANDARD

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale point in point indented Purpure and Argent, a torch Or enflamed Gules. Attached below the shield a tripartite Purple scroll doubled and inscribed "EXCEEDING THE STANDARD" in gold.

Origin/meaning

Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs. Gold reflects excellence and high ideals; red is indicative of courage, vitality and zeal. The torch signifies guidance, leadership, and knowledge while underscoring the unit's motto, "EXCEEDING THE STANDARD."

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 15 April 1993.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Inforamtion from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.