229TH ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height, consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a tower Argent charged with two poleaxes saltirewise Sable surmounted by a fireball of the like flamant of the first, on a canton of the like fimbriated of the second a saltire Azure, also fimbriated of the second, overall a fleur-de-lis Or. Attached below, a scroll Sable doubled and inscribed "SAPPERS LEAD" Argent.

Symbolism
Scarlet and white are the branch colors of the Engineer Corps. The castle tower, a symbol of fortification and strength, is reminiscent of the Engineer Corps Branch insignia. The poleaxes symbolize the unit's mission of combat readiness and construction of bridges and forts. The fireball characterizes the military engineer's mission to handle explosives and mines. The four flames, pointing to the major geographical directions, emphasize the capacity of the Engineers to mobilize quickly, if needed, to all points of the globe. The canton, an allusion to the Confederate flag, honors the unit's campaign participation credits for Confederate service in the Civil War; the fleur-de-lis commemorates World War I and World War II service in Northern Europe and France.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 1 July 1986.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a tower Argent charged with two poleaxes saltirewise Sable surmounted by a fireball of the like flamant Proper; on a canton of the first fimbriated of the second a saltire Azure also fimbriated of the second, overall with a fleur-de-lis Or.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Virginia Army National Guard: On a wreath Argent and Gules, "Virtus the genius of the Commonwealth dressed as an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand and holding a sword in the other; and treading on Tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown falling from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right" all Proper.

Motto

SAPPERS LEAD.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the branch colors of the Engineer Corps. The castle tower, a symbol of fortification and strength, is reminiscent of the Engineer Corps Branch insignia. The poleaxes symbolize the unit's mission of combat readiness and construction of bridges and forts. The fireball characterizes the military engineer's mission to handle explosives and mines. The four flames, pointing to the major geographical directions, emphasize the capacity of the Engineers to mobilize quickly, if needed, to all points of the globe. The canton, an allusion to the Confederate flag, honors the unit's campaign participation credits for Confederate service in the Civil War; the fleur-de-lis commemorates World War I and World War II service in Northern Europe and France.

Crest

The crest is that of the Virginia Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 1 July 1986.





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