1ST MAINTENANCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 31/31 (2.46cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a pale Or. Attached below the shield a gold scroll inscribed "FIRST TO MAINTAIN" in red letters.

Symbolism
Crimson and yellow are colors traditionally associated with the Ordnance Corps. The division of the shield is representative of the numerical designation of the unit.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 1st Ordnance Battalion in 21 Mar 1942. It was approved for the 1st Maintenance Battalion on 23 Jun 1966. The insignia was amended on 8 Aug 1966 to change the motto. On 11 Jan 1993, the distinctive unit insignia was amended to revise the description and symbolism of the design.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a pale Or.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules (Crimson), a sea lion affronté of the first armed and langued of the second grasping in its dexter paw a coconut palm branch stemmed Or leaved Vert and in his sinister paw a pommé charged with two triangles interlaced (Solomon's Seal) Or.

Motto

FIRST TO MAINTAIN

Symbolism

Shield

Crimson and yellow are colors traditionally associated with the Ordnance Corps. The division of the shield is representative of the numerical designation of the unit.

Crest

The sea lion alludes to the arms of the President of the Philippines; it commemorates the action in World War II for which the parent organization was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The green roundel bearing the Seal of Solomon stands for the Solomon Islands and refers to the parent unit's participation in that campaign. The branch of coconut palm stands for service on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine Islands, which lead the world in the growing of coconut. The palm is a symbol of military victory; also, because of its extensive use for food, clothing and shelter, it refers to the maintenance function of the Battalion.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 1st Ordnance Battalion on 21 Mar 1942. It was rescinded on 10 Oct 1955. The insignia was approved for the 1st Maintenance Battalion and amended to add a crest and change the motto on 14 Feb 1967. The coat of arms was amended with blazon of the crest and symbolism revised on 11 Jan 1993.





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