Special Troops Battalion, 55th Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 55TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 28TH INFANTRY DIVISION, PENNSYLVANIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per pale Azure and Or, Between a keystone Gules fimbriated Argent (Silver Gray) and a mullet of the first, a demi-sword hilt up of the fourth gripped of the third issuant from a wall embattled in base with a corner faceing outward of the fourth charged with a fleur -de-lis of the first.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Azure, a lion rampant guardant Proper, holding in dexter paw a naked scimitar Argent hilted Or and in sinister an escutcheon Argent on a fess Sable three plates. Motto: Fight through.
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 icnhes (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: Per pale Azure and Or, Between a keystone Gules fimbriated Argent (Silver Gray) and a mullet of the first, a demi-sword hilt up of the fourth gripped of the third issuant from a wall embattled in base with a corner faceing outward of the fourth charged with a fleur -de-lis of the first. Attached below the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "FIGHT THROUGH" in Silver letters.
The Shield is Blue for Infantry and Gold for Armor, the two ancestral Regiments of the Battalion. The Keystone symbolises assignment to the 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized). The Castle Wall symbolises Protection, Defence and Strength. The Sword symbolises the Warrior's Power and represents the command and Control of the Differnet Companies that make up the Battalion. The Star is for honours earned in world War II and the Fleur-de-lis for World War I.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit insignia, was both approved on 1 November 2007.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army