551ST 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 overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, on a pile Tenné a bell of the first, two flaunches of the second, fretty of the field; attached below the shield a Silver scroll doubled Orange and inscribed "VIDEO ET MONEO" in Black letters.

Symbolism
In the orange and white of the Signal Corps, the wedge-shaped pile is symbolic of the driving force of the organization, the bell representing contact. The V-shaped pile is also symbolic of victory; the interlacing or grill on each side represents the plotting functions of the organization. The motto is translated "I WATCH AND WARN."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion on 20 December 1942. It was redesignated for the 551st Signal Battalion effective 16 September 1986.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, on a pile Tenné a bell of the first, two flaunches of the second, fretty of the field.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Tenné a sea lion Or gorged with a collar barry of three Azure, Argent and Gules and grasping in dexter claw a lightning bolt barbed palewise Celeste.

Motto

VIDEO ET MONEO (I watch and warn).

Symbolism

Shield

In the orange and white of Signal Corps, the wedge-shaped pile is symbolic of the driving force of the organization, the bell representing contact. The V-shaped pile is also symbolic of victory; the interlacing or grill on each side represents the plotting functions of the organization.

Crest

The sea lion, adapted from the Philippine Presidential flag, commemorates the unit's campaign participation in the Philippines during World War II, and the collar reflects the colors of the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation as well as our national colors. Electronic capabilities are represented by the lightning bolt, whose barbs allude to combat readiness, while light blue refers to the South Seas and the geographical area of Philippines.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion on 20 December 1942. It was amended to correct the blazonry of the shield on 15 January 1943. It was redesignated for the 551st Signal Battalion effective 16 September 1986. The coat of arms was amended to include a crest on 11 February 1997.





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