227TH ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold Koa weapon, handle to base, surmounting two stylized Hawaiian spears, points up saltirewise, all on a scarlet field embattled of three at top surmounting an enclosing black motto scroll with the ends doubled behind the spear points and inscribed "IKAIKA MAU LOA" in base in gold letters.

Symbolism
Gold and red are symbolic of the traditional colors of the garments worn in battle by the ancient Hawaiian warrior chiefs. The shark tooth weapon recalls the Hawaiian infantry warrior engaged in close combat, the twenty-nine teeth refer to the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The lightning flash tips of the spears represent the signal and intelligence missions of the Battalion and denote speedy response. The embattled chief signifies the engineering and special mission skills of the Special Troops Battalion and represents the Iolani Barracks. Respectively, scarlet and gold represent courage and excellence. The motto translates to "Forever Strong."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on 17 March 2008. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2014, for the 227th Engineer Battalion with the symbolism revised.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a stylized Lei O Mano or Koa weapon (shark tooth club) Or, with twenty-nine shark teeth around its perimeter Argent, surmounting two Hawaiian pololu spears saltirewise with the ends in base carved as lightning flashes of the second; a chief embattled checky of the second and Buff.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Hawaii Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules, a dolphin embowed hauriant Argent, in his mouth a key fesswise Or.

Motto

IKAIKA MAU LOA (Forever Strong).

Symbolism

Shield

Gold and red are symbolic of the traditional colors of the garments worn in battle by the ancient Hawaiian warrior chiefs. The shark tooth weapon recalls the Hawaiian infantry warrior engaged in close combat, the twenty-nine teeth refer to the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The lightning flash tips of the spears represent the signal and intelligence missions of the Battalion and denote speedy response. The woven embattled chief, patterned in the manner of traditional Hawaiian woven lauhala matting, signifies the engineering and special mission skills of the Special Troops Battalion. Respectively, scarlet and gold represent courage and excellence.

Crest

The crest is that of the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on 17 March 2008. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2014, for the 227th Engineer Battalion with the symbolism revised.





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