224TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Quarterly Azure (Oriental Blue) and Gray (Silver Gray) a griffin sejant Or grasping two flashes saltirewise Gules. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "VIGILANCE ABOVE" in Red letters.

Symbolism
Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors associated with the Military Intelligence Branch of the US Army. The crosswise arrangement of the background is a reference to the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded to the unit for service in Vietnam, 1970-71. The griffin is a heraldic creature combining the strength and courage of a lion with the vigilance and awareness of an eagle; as such it is well suited to represent the ideals and capabilities of an intelligence unit. Its wings refer to the airborne mission, and the flashes it grasps denote the electronic data collection mission of the unit.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 October 1981.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Quarterly Azure (Oriental Blue) and Gray (Silver Gray) a griffin sejant Or grasping two flashes saltirewise Gules.

Crest

None.

Motto

VIGILANCE ABOVE.

Symbolism

Shield

Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors associated with the Military Intelligence Branch of the US Army. The crosswise arrangement of the background is a reference to the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded to the unit for service in Vietnam, 1970-71. The griffin is a heraldic creature combining the strength and courage of a lion with the vigilance and awareness of an eagle; as such it is well suited to represent the ideals and capabilities of an intelligence unit. Its wings refer to the airborne mission, and the flashes it grasps denote the electronic data collection mission of the unit.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 21 October 1981.





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