Special Troops Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard
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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 34TH INFANTRY DIVISION, MINNESOTA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Celeste, on a pile Argent, a bovine skulle Gules, in base two mullets Or, two flanches Azure (Dark Blue) charged in dexter with akey in pale, ward downward and outward and in sinster a lightning bolt palewise of the fourth.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Minnesota Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Celeste, a sheaf of wheat Proper.
Motto: Support The Attack.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device blazed as follows Celeste, on a pile Argent, a bovine skulle Gules, in base two mullets Or, two flanches Azure (Dark Blue) charged in dexter with akey in pale, ward downward and outward and in sinster a lightning bolt palewise of the fourth. Attached below a Dark blue scroll inscribed "SUPPORT THE ATTACK" in gold. The device is 1/8 incehs (2.86 cm) in width.
Dark blue is the colour traditionally associated with Infantry Units. The Red Bovine Skull is from the Insignia of the 34th Infantry Division. The Light Blue background alludes to the flag of Minnesota, the Home State of the Battalion. The Two Stars denote the Divisional Headquarters, that the Battalion supports. The Key signifies the Supply and Services responsibilities; the lightning bolt illustrates the communication capabilities provided by the Battalion.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 26 June 2009.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army