Air Defense School, US Army

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AIR DEFENSE SCHOOL, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the Air Defense School, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per chevron reversed and debased Azure and Gules, two electrical flashes on partition line Or, on the first a pile throughout Argent, surmounted by a shell of the second, winged of the third. Crest: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure) a clenched dexter gauntlet fesswise a falcon perched Proper. Motto: Militant.

Origin/meaning

The escutcheon represents the coordinated activity of the different elements of the Antiaircraft Artillery. The base of red is the Artillery color. The thunderbolts indicate the employment of electrical power. A searchlight beam pierces the night sky of blue. In the shaft of light rises a winged projectile, flying swiftly and surely to its target. The thunderbolts are power; the shaft of light, the illustration of truth through knowledge; the sky, the illimitable regions of the upper air that Antiaircraft Artillery must conquer; the winged projectile, the spirit of the School, young, rising, indomitable.


The device was originally approved on 1942-10-20 for the Antiaircraft Artillery School. It was redesignated for the Antiaircraft and Guided Missiles Branch of the Artillery School' on 1952-07-15. On 1957-07-26 the device was redesignated for the U. S. Army Air Defense School.


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