Special Troops Battlion, 26th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Massachusetts Army National Guard

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SPECIAL TROOPS BATTLION, 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, MASSACHUSETTS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Arms of Special Troops Battlion, 26th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Massachusetts Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of Special Troops Battlion, 26th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Massachusetts Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Per pale Celeste (Bluebird) an Azure, between a lightning bolt Or and a bayonet Proper fimbriated Argent pilewise, a torch with bowl embattled of the last flamant Gules; ona chief per fess enahnced embattled of the fourth (Silver Gray) and the fifth an arrowhead point down of the fourth.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Massachusetts Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Celeste (Bluebird), a dexter arm embowed clothed Blue and ruffed White Proper grasping a broad sword Argent the pommel and hilt Or. Motto: Fighting spirit.

Distinctive Unit insignia, Description: Asilver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale Celeste (Bluebird) an Azure, between a lightning bolt Or and a bayonet Proper fimbriated Argent pilewise, a torch with bowl embattled of the last flamant Gules; ona chief per fess enahnced embattled of the fourth (Silver Gray) and the fifth an arrowhead point down of the fourth. Attached around the bottom of the shield is a Blue scroll doubled and inscribed with "FIGHTING SPIRIT" in Silver.

Origin/meaning

The Celest Blue refer to the lighter infantry Blue and the Darker Azure refer to the Colour of the Massachusetts Flag. The Colour Red and the crenelated Wall refer to the Engineer part of the Battalion. The Indian Arrowhead stands for thew service of the Massachusetts Citizen-Soldiers dating back to the French and Indian Wars. The Torch recalls leadership and the origins of the Unit Headquarters as the Springfield Train Band that was established in the mid 1600s.The Lighning Bolt symbolises speed and the Signal part of the Battalion. The Bayonet represents the Military Intelligence Corps function upon the field of battle.


The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 31 July 2007.


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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army