Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, US Army

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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 3RD BRIGADE, 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Celeste (Oriental Blue) a cross formy Sable fimbriated Or surmounted by a fret, the bend and bendlet Or, the mascle a stylized hexagon Azure (Cobalt Blue) fimbriated of the last; on a chief embattled Vert edged Or a lightning flash of the third.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Celeste (Oriental Blue) a stylized Croix de Guerre of bronze Proper, the swords of the first, surmounted in base by two palm fronds Proper, overall a fleur-de-lis Azure with a band Gules edged Or.
Motto: VALIANT WARRIORS.

Origin/meaning

Shield: The integration of various branches to form the Brigade Special Troops Battalion is symbolized by the colors oriental blue, cobalt blue, and green, which refer respectively to Military Intelligence, Chemical, and Military Police. Combat Engineer and Signal branches are recalled by the stylized fret and the lightning flash in chief. The stylized hexagon and embattled chief refer again respectively to the Chemical and Combat Engineer organizations. The black cross formy recalls the unit’s proud affiliation with the Duke Brigade. Black also denotes strength of purpose, yellow or gold signifies excellence.

Crest: The bronze cross represents the three-time award of the French Croix de Guerre for World War II campaigns. The palms refer also to the Croix de Guerre and recall campaign participation in the Vietnam Conflict and service in Iraq 2004 to 2005. Three Meritorious Unit Commendations for service in Vietnam are represented by the scarlet and gold band on the fleur-de-lis which in turn denotes distinguished World War II service in Northern France, Normandy, Algeria-French Morocco and areas in Central Europe. Campaign participation in France during World War I is also recalled by the fleur-de-lis. The two swords in saltire signify combat readiness and national defense capabilities.Gold denotes excellence.

The Coat of arms was approved 7 September 2007.


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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.