509TH SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/16 inches (2.70 cm) in height overall, consisting of a demi-disc superimposed by three orange lightning bolts conjoined in base, the center bolt terminating in an arrowhead and either side bolt terminating in a demi-fleur-de-lis all superimposed at bottom by a black bipartite scroll inscribed "FACIEMUS FORTIUS" in silver.

Symbolism
Orange and white are colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The fleurs-de-lis commemorates the two campaign honors awarded the Battalion for service in Europe during World War II. The conjoined lightning bolts refer to the unit's coordination and swift provision of radio and land line communication facilities; the lightning bolt with arrowhead alludes to the organization's readiness and aggressive action. The hemisphere represents the Battalion's widespread service.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 10 February 1967. It was amended to revise the description and symbolism on 22 September 1993.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, a lightning bolt barbed between two lightning bolts flory radiating from point Tenné, a chief arched Sable.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Tenné two demi-spears with bamboo shafts Proper all in front of an Oriental dragon passant Or armed and langued Gules and garnished Vert.

Motto

FACIEMUS FORTIUS (We Shall Act Bravely).

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The fleurs-de-lis commemorates the two campaign honors awarded the Battalion for service in Europe during World War II. The conjoined lightning bolts refer to the unit's coordination and swift communication capabilities; the bolt with arrowhead alludes to the organization's readiness and aggressive action. The arch alludes to the globe and represents the scope of the organization's worldwide mission. The black and white colors symbolize the night and day vigilance of the Signal Corps.

Crest

The two spears commemorate the two campaign honors the unit was awarded for service in Vietnam. The dragon symbolizes strength and vigilance.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 September 1993. It was amended to add a crest on 29 December 1993.





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