278th Chemical Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard
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278TH CHEMICAL BATTALION, ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Argent, a saltire Gules fimbriated Or, cantoned by four mullets Azure, overall a dragon segreant Vert, armed and langued of the third.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Alabama Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Gules, a slip of cotton plant with full bursting boll, Proper.
Motto: Defensori visium (Protectors of the Force)
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in ehight overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, a saltire Gules fimbriated Or, cantoned by four mullets Azure, overall a dragon segreant Vert, armed and langued of the third. Attached below the shield a cobalt blue scroll inscribed "DEFENSORI VISIUM" in Gold.
The Dragon symbolises Chemical Warfare and the Saltire is from the Flag of Alabama. The Blue Stars symbolises the four major European Campaigns during World War II.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 28 March 2003.
Literature: Images and Information from the Institute of Heraldry, US Army.