Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard
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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 29TH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, HAWAII ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, a stylized Lei O Mano or Koa weapon (shark tooth club) Or, with twenty-nine shark teeth around its perimeter Argent, surmounting two Hawaiian pololu spears slatirewise with the ends in base carved as lightning flashes of the second; a chief embattled checky of the second and Buff.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Hawaii Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules, a dolphin embowed hauriant Argent, in its mouth a key fesswise Or.
Motto: Ikaika mau loa (Forever strong).
Distinctive Unit insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold Koa weapon, handle to base, surmounting two stylized Hawaiian spears points up saltirewise, all on a scarlet field embattled of three at top surmounting an enclosing black motto scroll with the ends doubled behind the spear points and inscribed "IKAIKA MAU LOA" in base in gold letters.
The Gold and Red Colours alludes to the traditional war garment of Hawaiian Warrior Chiefs. The Shark Tooth Weapon alludes to Hawaiian Warriors engaged in close combat. The number of the shark teeth allude to the number of the Brigade. The Spears indicate the Signal and Intelligence Mission of the Battalion. The Chief patterned in the manner of the traditional Hawaiian woven lauhala matting,signify the Engineering and Special Mission skills of the Battalion.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 17 March 2008.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army