2D MILITARY INTELLIGENCE 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 overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron abased Azure (Teal Blue) and Argent, a chief dancetté of two enhanced of the last the apexes surmounted by two roundels of the first counterchanged, and in base a sphinx rampant. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "OCULI CULTUS SECRETI" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The colors, white and teal blue, symbolize the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The battalion's numerical designation and mission are suggested by two roundels or lenses directing their gaze downward. The sphinx is representative of the intelligence mission. Black alludes to the coat of arms of the Old Rhineland District of Pfalz in Germany where the unit was activated.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 2d Air Reconnaissance Support Battalion on 1 May 1962. It was redesignated on 24 October 1963, for the 2d Military Intelligence Battalion.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron abased Azure (Teal Blue) and Argent, a chief dancetté of two enhanced of the last the apexes surmounted by two roundels of the first counterchanged, and in base a sphinx rampant Sable armed Gules.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Azure (Teal Blue), three scimitars, two in saltire points up, hilts and guards Gules and blades Argent (Silver Gray), one palewise point down, hilt and guard Gules sheathed Proper, overall a heraldic rose Or garnished of the third.

Motto

OCULI CULTUS SECRETI (The Eyes of Intelligence).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors, white and teal blue, symbolize the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The battalion's numerical designation and mission are suggested by two roundels or lenses directing their gaze downward. The sphinx is representative of the intelligence mission. Black alludes to the coat of arms of the Old Rhineland District of Pfalz in Germany where the unit was activated.

Crest

Teal blue and white symbolize the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The scimitars denote military readiness and the unit's campaign participation in Southwest Asia (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait); while the scimitar and sheath alludes to "Cease Fire," suspending the battle to strive for peace. The heraldic rose, an ancient symbol of secrecy, represents the unit's mission. Scarlet signifies valor, also, indicating the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to the unit for service in Southwest Asia.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 2d Air Reconnaissance Support Battalion on 1 May 1962. It was redesignated for the 2d Military Intelligence Battalion on 24 October 1963. The coat of arms was amended to include a crest on 24 February 2004.





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