88TH SUPPORT 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 scarlet penta-foil bearing a silver pentagon, corners terminating in fleurs-de-lis and charged with a black annulet embattled of five, in base a silver scroll bearing the motto in black letters "GIVE WAY."

Symbolism
Scarlet and white are the colors used for the Engineers, the original unit designation. The penta-foil refers to the five component elements of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Engineer Battalion (Depot). The pentagon fleury device and gear allude to embattled depot areas and to the organization's five battle honors received in World War II. The motto "Give Way" of the former Engineer Construction Battalion is retained as a historical connection to the present Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 88th Engineer Battalion on 6 April 1966. It was redesignated for the 88th Supply and Service Battalion on 14 July 1967. The insignia was redesignated effective 16 September 2007, for the 88th Support Battalion with description and symbolism updated.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, on a penta-foil Argent a pentagon ensigned at each corner with a fleur-de-lis of the first, charged with a pentagon of the second, bearing a gear Sable.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Gules, a fesse embattled couped reversed of the second surmounted by two sledge hammers in saltire, handles bamboo of eight segments Proper, the hammer head Sable, overall a dagger palewise, point up, hand guard of the third edged of the first, the blade Gris.

Motto

GIVE WAY.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the colors used for the Engineers, the original unit designation. The penta-foil refers to the five component elements of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Engineer Battalion (Depot). The pentagon fleury device and gear allude to embattled depot areas and to the organization's five battle honors received in World War II. The motto "Give Way" of the former Engineer Construction Battalion is retained as a historical connection to the present Battalion.

Crest

The fesse embattled couped alludes to the operation symbol for Engineers and the unit's past branch affiliation. The three crenels denote the Meritorious Unit Commendations awarded to the battalion for duty in Vietnam. The sledge hammers denote the unit's construction function and each segment of the handles suggest the Vietnam campaign credits. The dagger signifies military readiness.

Background
The coat of arms was approved for the 88th Support Battalion effective 16 September 2007.





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