A silver color and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a silver ring containing a disc divided into quarters alternately from upper left of silver gray and black centered in front of two blue griffins seated back to back all upon a horizontal silver platform, the griffins each holding in a claw at chest level the upper fold of a silver scroll curving downward in three folds, the smaller fold centered below the platform and the scroll inscribed in black letters with the motto "WATCHFUL AND VIGILANT" one word on each fold the free ends draped below either end of the platform.
Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors used for Military Intelligence. The griffin, a mythological creature of exceeding alertness and acute hearing, represents qualities necessary to the Military Intelligence mission. The scroll held up in his claws alludes to the assimilation of Military Intelligence data and the disc at center, quartered in light and dark colors representing night and day, suggests the importance of constant vigilance. The silver circle refers to the State of Ohio, the unit's home area.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 20 September 1971.