17th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 17th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

Coat of arms (crest) of 17th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Per chevron reversed Argent and Sable a pile Silver Gray, in base a sunburst of seventeen environed by six lightning bolts radiating from nombril Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts
Motto: Win with words.

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a black disc bearing six gold lightning bolts radiating from center below three triangle sections radiating from center gray between white. Attached above a gold scroll inscribed "WIN WITH WORDS" in black letters.


Shield: The black shield represents the untruth. The sunburst and lightning bolts symbolize the unit’s ability to enlighten error by the incursion of fact. The degree of truth is suggested by the white and gray areas of the shield: white denotes the truth and gray partial truth. The seventeen rays of the sunburst allude to the unit’s designation.

The arms were approved on 26 June 1996. The blazon and symbolism was amended on 2 August 1996. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 306th Psychological Operations Battalion on 22 August 1967. It was redesignated for the 17th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 June 1996.

Literature: Image from http://www.milbadges.com/

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