1st Personnel Service Battalion, US Army
1ST PERSONNEL SERVICE BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure, a chevron Gules fimbriated Or between a branch of palm fesswise and a compass rose within an annulet Or.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Azure, a demi-sun in spendor superimposed by a lion passant Gules.
Motto: First in soldier support
DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a chevron Gules fimbriated Or between a branch of palm fesswise and a compass rose within an annulet Or. Attached below the shield a blue scroll inscribed "FIRST IN SOLDIER SUPPORT" in gold.
Dark blue and scarlet are the colours traditionally associated with Personnel Services units. The Chevron represents support and the unit's motto. The Compass rose symbolizes the battalion's capability and potential for service wherever required. The palm denotes victory and highlights the unit's campaigns in the Pacific and Southwest Asia. The red lion symbolizes the battalion's meritorious unit citation: the sun, which alludes to excellence suggests the Pacific.
The arms were authorized on 1 May 1998. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 1st Personnel Services Battalion on 7 April 1995 and a correction to the distinctive unit insignia was made on 1 May 1995.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army