6TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A black enamel, grizzly bear passant above a stylized red enamel scroll bearing the inscription "CERTO DIRIGO ICTU" in gold letters.

Symbolism
The design is adapted from the crest of the Coast Defenses of San Francisco where the old regiment and the majority of the companies of same were stationed since 1901 and where the new regiment will be organized and assigned. The motto "CERTO DIRIGO ICTU" (I Aim With a Sure Blow) is indicative of the character of the bear.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 6th Coast Artillery on 20 May 1924. It was redesignated for the 6th Coast Artillery Battalion on 26 Feb 1945. On 8 Mar 1951 the insignia was redesignated for the 6th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. The insignia was cancelled on 15 May 1959. The distinctive unit insignia was reinstated on 1 Sep 1971 for the 6th Air Defense Artillery.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Parti per pairle Argent, Gules and Azure, in chief a mullet of five points of the second and in fess debased two fleurs-de-lis Or.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules a grizzly bear passant Sable langued Gules.

Motto

CERTO DIRIGO ICTU (I Aim With a Sure Blow).

Symbolism

Shield

The field of the shield, an adaptation of the flag of the Philippine Insurgents, alludes to the Regiment's service in the Philippine Insurrection. The scarlet star refers to Artillery, its five points indicative of the number of engagements in which a battery of the old 6th Artillery participated during the Insurrection. The two fleurs-de-lis denote service in France, World War I.

Crest

The crest is taken from that of the Coast Defenses of San Francisco where the old regiment and the majority of its batteries were stationed.

Motto

''Certo Dirigo Ictu'' (I Aim With a Sure Blow) is indicative of the character of the bear and is applicable to the personnel of the Regiment in the performance of duty.


Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 6th Coast Artillery on 3 May 1924. It was redesignated for the 6th Coast Artillery Battalion on 26 Feb 1945. On 8 Mar 1951 the coat of arms was redesignated for the 6th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. It was cancelled on 15 May 1959. On 1 Sep 1971 the coat for arms was reinstated for the 6th Air Defense Artillery.





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