223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, California Army National Guard

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223RD MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Arms of 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, California Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, California Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)



Official blazon

Shield: Argent, a lightning flash palewise Gules and a double warded key and sword saltirewise Sable, overall a hurt (Oriental Blue) gridlined Argent.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Gules, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
Motto: INSIGHT THROUGH INQUIRY.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, a lightning flash palewise Gules and a doubled warded key and sword saltirewise Sable, overall a hurt (Oriental Blue) gridlined Argent. Attached below and on either side of the shield, a Blue scroll inscribed "INSIGHT THROUGH INQUIRY" in Silver letters.

Origin/meaning

Oriental blue is a color traditionally associated with Military Intelligence units. The lightning flash denotes the unit's signal intelligence. The key is emblematic of knowledge, authority and security. The black sword is symbolic of covert operations and military preparedness; the globe reflects the unit's worldwide scope.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 27 April 1990.



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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.