492nd Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army
492ND CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Or, five piles in point Gules, a phoenix Purpure fimbriated and garnished of the first rising from flames Proper, all resting upon a demi-globe issuant from base Azure with gridlines
of the first bearing a copper mullet Proper.
Crest: That for the regiment and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, 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: Hope through deeds.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Glod color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Or, five piles in point Gules, a phoenix Prupure
fimbriated and garnished of the first rising from flames Proper, all resting upon a demi-globe issuant from base Azure with gridlines of the first bearing a copper mullet Proper. Attached over
the top is a Purple scroll inscirbed "HOPE THROUGH" in Gold letters. Attached below the shield, supporting a Green saguaro cactus on either side of the shield, is a Purple scroll
inscribed with "DEEDS" in Gold letters.
Purple is the primary colour of Civil Affairs Units. Gold is emblematic of Honour and High achievement. The Phoenix symbolises the Role of the Battalion to re-establish order and hope from chaos. The Globe highlights the Battalion's Worldwide mission. The Red and Yellow Rays and the Star is taken from the Flag of Arizona, and symbolises the Home base of the Battalion. This is also underscored by the Cacti in the Distintive Unit Insignia.
Both the Coat of Arms and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved 16 September 2004.
Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.