172nd Support Battalion, US Army
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172ND SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure and per chevron rayonne palewise Argent, in base a mullet of eight points Gules.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a silver metal flame surmounted by two silver metal hands grasping a red eight pointed mullet, the hands enveloped at the wrists by a blue scroll inscribed "SUPPORT" in silver metal letters.
The Chevron is used to denote support. The same is in the Distinctive Unit Insignia symbolises by the Hands holding the Star. The rayonne represent the Northern Lights and the Blue refers to the Infantry. The Eight pointed Star symbolises the Seven Stars of the Constellation Big Dipper plus the Northern Star, thus alluding to the location in Alaska.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 28 September 1965 and the Distinctive Unit Insignia on 5 January 1966.
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Literature: Images and Infromation from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.