49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard

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49TH MISSILE DEFENSE BATTALION, ALASKA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


Coat of arms (crest) of 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Coat of arms (crest) of 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Sable, a bald eagle displayed with wings inverted resting on the arctic region of a Celestial globe issuant from base all Proper, in chief a mullet of four points Argent between two lightning bolts chevronwise reversed Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Alaska Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Sable, the aurora borealis blended from dexter base Purpure through Gules, Tenné, Or, to Vert to chief and repeated inversely to sinister base behind a totem pole of three figures, an eagle, a bear and a walrus palewise affronté all Proper.
Motto: DEFENSIMUS PATRIAM (Defending the Homeland).

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: Sable, a bald eagle displayed with wings inverted resting on the arctic region of a Celestial globe issuant from base all Proper, in chief a mullet of four points Argent between two lightning bolts chevronwise reversed Or. Attached around the bottom of the shield is Black scroll inscribed “DEFENSIMUS PATRIUM” in Gold.

Origin/meaning

The eagle, symbol of power and vigilance, on the Arctic Region of the globe represents our presence in Alaska to provide an active defense against ballistic missiles. The bald eagle also exemplifies our principles of freedom and echoes the Battalion’s motto of defending the homeland. The polestar signifies guiding principles and the northern latitudes. The lightning flashes represent the detection, identification and elimination of ballistic missiles launched at the United States and its allies. Black represents outer space, the area of operation of ballistic missile defense tactics.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 17 August 2005.

Literature: Image from Olompvo on Pinterest. DUI from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army


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