96TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54cm) in height overall consisting of two gold semi-sunbursts (one on each side) each behind a purple enamel mountain peak and in front of the upper part of a gold globe with gold grid lines, surmounted overall a white enamel unrolled scroll behind a vertical gold sword, point up, all above a gold scroll inscribed "ADVISE MAINTAIN CREATE" in black enamel letters.

Symbolism
The sunburst on the left is used to represent 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. Purple and white are colors used by Civil Affairs units.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 96th Civil Affairs Group on 6 Jun 1969. It was redesignated on 1 Jul 1980 to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion and the symbolism revised to reflect the current location of the unit.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

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.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Purpure, upon a grassy mound Proper a compass rose Gules garnished Or between two palm trees of the third.

Motto

ADVISE, MAINTAIN, CREATE.

Symbolism

Shield

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.

Crest

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.

Background
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.





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