Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, US Army

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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 1ST BRIGADE, 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per fess embattled Azure (National Flag Blue) and Or, between a lion’s head erased in chief and a fleur-de-lis in base all counterchanged, a bend Gules bearing a compass rose and scimitar point to base of the second.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Azure (National Flag Blue) between four mullets crosswise of the first, four arrows points up, two and two parallel in saltire Proper, bearing a shield blazoned: “Gules, three pallets, a palm frond palewise in dexter Or.”
Motto: VICTORY THROUGH VERSATILITY.

Origin/meaning

Scarlet, the color of sacrifice and courage, honors the unit being awarded the Valorous Unit Award for Al Anbar Province in Iraq. The Valorous Unit Award is one of the highest unit decorations and is awarded for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. The compass rose, alluding to the sun, and scimitar highlight the unit’s war service in Southwest Asia. The fleur-de-lis is for World War I service in Europe. The lion, symbol of strength and courage, is associated with both Europe and Middle Eastern heraldry and art. The embattlements signify fortification and defense. Gold is emblematic of honor and excellence. Crest: The four stars commemorate the number of decorations awarded the unit. The red and gold shield represents the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm award. This award is for accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting an enemy force. The four arrows represent the campaign participation credits for World War I, Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and the War on Terrorism. The Coat of Arms was approved 16 September 2009.


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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.