129TH SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: Tenné, four lightning flashes saltirewise throughout Celeste fimbriated Argent, overall a torch of the last enflamed Gules. Attached below the shield a black scroll inscribed "LIGHT THE FIRES" in silver.

Symbolism
Orange is the primary color traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The motto "Light the Fires" is alluded to by the torch, recalling the historic tradition of signal communications. The lightning flashes are a further reference to the Signal Corps and suggest the speed of modern global communications technology.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard on 11 May 1989. It was amended to delete reference to the Virginia Army National Guard on 11 Sep 1990.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Tenné, four lightning flashes saltirewise throughout Celeste fimbriated Argent, overall a torch of the last enflamed Gules.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Maryland Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Tenné, a cross bottony per cross quarterly Gules and Argent.

Motto

LIGHT THE FIRES

Symbolism
Orange is the primary color traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The motto "Light the Fires" is alluded to by the torch, recalling the historic tradition of signal communications. The lightning flashes are a further reference to the Signal Corps and suggest the speed of modern global communications technology.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 11 May 1989 for the Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard. It was amended on 11 Sep 1990, to delete reference to the Virginia Army National Guard.





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