Per fess indented of two Argent and Purpure and ensigned at top with two suns in splendor Tenné, in base a roundel Celeste fimbriated, gridlined and charged with a scroll of the first, overall a sword Or, grip Gules.
From a wreath Argent and Purpure, upon a grassy mound Proper a compass rose Gules garnished Or between two palm trees of the third.
ADVISE, MAINTAIN, CREATE.
Purple and white are the colors traditionally used by Civil Affairs units. The sunburst on the left represents the Presidio of Monterey, California, where the unit was first activated, and symbolizes the setting sun in the West. The sunburst on the right represents the unit's current location at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and symbolizes the sun rising in the East. The globe refers to the organization's global capabilities. The scroll with the sword alludes to the organization's ability to bring and maintain civil order.
The palms and grassy mound suggest Grenada and the unit's campaign service there. The compass rose symbolizes worldwide response capabilities and total military preparedness.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion on 9 Aug 1995. It was amended on 10 Oct 1995 to include a crest.