302D 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 fess abased Argent and Azure (Teal Blue), in chief a Red fox's mask Proper charged on the forehead with a billet fesswise Sable, and in base a key palewise between two stylized lightning flashes of the first. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "LOYALTY, VIGILANCE, PRIDE" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The colors, white and teal blue, are symbolic of the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The battalion's war service as a Signal unit is shown by the colors of the fox's mask and background. Intelligence functions of the unit are represented by the censor's stamp on the fox's mask. The key is for the first battle honor (Normandy) of World War II and also alludes to Signal and Intelligence Battalions. The lightning flashes symbolize radio reconnaissance and the five charges are for the five battle honors of the unit.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 302d Communications Reconnaissance Battalion on 16 July 1956. It was amended to change the date of the authority for approval on 5 December 1956. It was redesignated for the 302d Army Security Agency Battalion on 19 March 1957. It was assigned for use to the 318th U.S. Army Security Agency Battalion on 2 August 1965. The use of the insignia by the 318th U.S. Army Security Agency Battalion was revoked on 13 March 1975. The insignia was redesignated for the 302d Military Intelligence Battalion and its symbolism amended to reflect Intelligence Battalions on 19 October 1983.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess abased Argent and Azure (Teal Blue), in chief a Red fox's mask Proper charged on the forehead with a billet fesswise Sable, and in base a key palewise between two stylized lightning flashes of the first.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure (Teal Blue) a fleur-de-lis barry of ten of the second and first, the outer petals serrated, the inner charged with a bayonet Or point up, and on the crosspiece of the fleur-de-lis a bar couped Tenné with two barrulets Argent.

Motto

LOYALTY, VIGILANCE, PRIDE.

Symbolism

Shield

The colors, white and teal blue, are symbolic of the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The battalion's war service as a Signal unit is shown by the colors of the fox's mask and background. Intelligence functions of the unit are represented by the censor's stamp on the fox's mask. The key is for the first battle honor (Normandy) of World War II and also alludes to Signal and Intelligence Battalions. The lightning flashes symbolize radio reconnaissance and the five charges are for the five battle honors of the unit.

Crest

The fleur-de-lis represents campaign participation in Europe. The colors blue and white suggest the unit's former designation as branch unassigned. The outer petals of the fleur-de-lis, suggestive of electronic flashes, reflect the unit's service in Communications Reconnaissance. The bar on the crosspiece is divided into five segments representing participation in five campaigns in Europe during World War II and is orange and white referring to the unit's original designation as Signal Service. The bayonet suggests the Army's offensive spirit and reflects the unit's association with U.S. Army, Europe.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 302d Communications Reconnaissance Battalion on 16 July 1956. It was amended to change the date of the authority for approval on 5 December 1956. It was redesignated for the 302d Army Security Agency Battalion on 19 March 1957. The insignia was redesignated for the 302d Military Intelligence Battalion and its symbolism amended to reflect Intelligence Battalions on 19 October 1983. It was amended to add a crest on 14 March 1984.





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