Special Troops Battalion, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard
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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 33RD INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, three piles Or surmounted in chief by three mullets, the center mullet between two smaller Azure.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Illinois Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules upon a grassy field the Block House of old Fort Dearborn Proper.
Motto: For love of country.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: Gules, three piles Or surmounted in chief by three mullets, the center mullet between two smaller Azure. Attached below a Light Blue motto scroll inscribed "FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY" in Gold letters between two stylized Gold cannon shells.
The three gold piles charged with light blue stars allude to infantry and are a canting reference to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The Three stars also symbolises the three missions of the Battalion: to prepare subordinate units for their mission, ensure their force protection and to proved administrative and sustainment support.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Inisgnia, was both approved on 1 June 2007.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army