890th Quartermaster Battalion, California Army National Guard
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890TH QUARTERMASTER BATTALION, CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess wqavy Buff and Celeste three swords palewise in fess points up to dexter, two keys wards up saltirewise Or, in chief a demi-sphere Azure (Ultramarine Blue) charged with a demi-sunburst of nine points of the first.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Celeste, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
Motto: Servicio apoyo victoria (Service support Victory).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess wqavy Buff and Celeste three swords palewise in fess points up to dexter, two keys wards up saltirewise Or, in chief a demi-sphere Azure (Ultramarine Blue) charged with a demi-sunburst of nine points of the first. Attached below the device a Gold motto scroll inscribed "SERVICIO APOYO VICTORIA" in Ultramarine Blue letters.
Buff (Gold) traidtionally represents the Quartermaster Corps. The Burst of nine rays, symbolises to the nine classes of supply the Battalion support and recalls Unit origins in San José, California. Light blue refer to Infantry and Ultramarine Blue to the Ocean. The Sword denotes combat readiness on Land, Sea and in the Air. The Keys signify the logistical mission of Service and Support and their interdependence. The Motto is in Spanish which recognizes the Hispanic presence in the Battalion and in San José.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 4 June 2004. The English translation of the Motto was corrected on 12 October 2004.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army