59TH SIGNAL 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: Argent, issuant from base a demi-sphere Azure gridlined of the first, debruised by a pile twice bevilled Tenné, overall a polestar of the first superimposed by a fleur-de-lis of the second. Attached below the shield, a Black bipartite scroll doubled and inscribed "VOICE OF" and "THE ARCTIC" in Silver.

Symbolism
Orange and white are the colors associated with the Signal Corps. The pile simulating a lightning bolt is indicative of communications and electronics while representing speed and suggesting the point of origin in the "North." The polestar is symbolic of the North Star and underscores the unit's Arctic location. The fleur-de-lis commemorates the Battalion's first battle honor and baptism of fire in France. Black represents strength and solidity and when combined with silver/white, highlights the unit's twenty-four hour capabilities and military preparedness.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 15 October 1992.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, issuant from base a demi-sphere Azure gridlined of the first, debruised by a pile twice bevilled Tenné, overall a polestar of the first superimposed by a fleur-de-lis of the second.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, five lightning flashes in point Azure, overall a lion's face Or.

Motto

VOICE OF THE ARCTIC.

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are the colors associated with the Signal Corps. The pile simulating a lightning bolt is indicative of communications and electronics while representing speed and suggesting the point of origin in the "North." The polestar is symbolic of the North Star and underscores the unit's Arctic location. The fleur-de-lis commemorates the Battalion's first battle honor and baptism of fire in France.

Crest

The colors blue and gold are adapted from the Alaska State flag. The five lightning bolts honor the Battalion's World War II campaigns. The lion, a symbol of strength and courage, reflects the European Theater of Operations, and the unit's World War II location and heritage.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 15 October 1992.





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