Special Troops Battalion 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas Army National Guard
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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION 37TH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, ARKANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Celeste (Teal Blue), a key bendwise sinister, ward upward and inward surmounted by a dagger in saltire, point up, Or, overall a lightning bolt palewise Tenné, fimbriated of the second; on a chief crenelleé of the last, a bar wavy Azure charged with an arrow Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Arkansas Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Celeste (Teal Blue), above two sprays of apple blossoms Proper a diamond Argent charged with four mullets Azure one in upper point and thre in lower within a bordure of the last bearing twenty-five mullets of the second.
Motto: Utrinque paratus (Ready for anything).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall blazoned as follows: Celeste (Teal Blue), a key bendwise sinister, ward upward and inward surmounted by a dagger in saltire, point up, Or, overall a lightning bolt palewise Tenné, fimbriated of the second; on a chief crenelleé of the last, a bar wavy Azure charged with an arrow Or. Attached below the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "UTRINQUE PARATUS" in Gold.
The Key symbolises Military Intelligence, the Lightning Bolt Signal Capabilities. The embattled chief indicate the Engineer function. The Bowie Knife signifies the roots as Light Infantry and the current name "Bowie Team". The Arrow on the Wavy Bar indicating a River, allude to the name "Arkansa" or "Arkansas".
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 16 October 2006.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Further information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.