142D SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall, consisting of two gold keys in saltire overlapping a buff disc bearing at its center a Taeguk; overall in pale a gold sword point up with its handle in front of the motto scroll at base; surrounding the buff disc a blue continuous scroll inscribed "SUPPORT FOR STRENGTH" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Buff is a color traditionally associated with Supply and Service and Quartermaster organizations, the original allocations of the units. The gold keys reflect control over supplies and refer to the unit's origin as the 142d Quartermaster Battalion. The buff color also symbolizes sand and refers to the former unit's World War II campaign credits earned in Africa and the Middle East. The Taeguk reflects that Battalion's service during the Korean War. The short sword exemplifies the unit's motto and alludes to combat participation.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 142d Supply and Service Battalion on 10 February 1981. It was amended to include metric measurements in the description and revise the symbolism on 18 February 1993. The insignia was redesignated for the 142d Support Battalion, with description revised on 23 June 1993.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Buff, two keys saltirewise wards up and out Or, surmounted by a Taeguk Gules and Azure, overall a sword palewise point to chief of the second.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Buff a mill rind Gules interlaced by a scimitar and a sword hilts to base saltirewise and an African quiver containing a tufted arrow palewise and charged with a Taeguk Proper.

Motto

SUPPORT FOR STRENGTH.

Symbolism

Shield

Buff is a color traditionally associated with Supply and Service and Quartermaster organizations, the original allocations of the units. The gold keys reflect control over supplies and refer to the unit's origin as the 142d Quartermaster Battalion. The buff color also symbolizes sand and refers to the former unit's World War II campaign credits earned in Africa and the Middle East. The Taeguk reflects that Battalion's service during the Korean War. The short sword exemplifies the unit's motto and alludes to combat participation.

Crest

The mill rind represents the Support mission. World War II campaigns in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are recalled by the straight sword, quiver with arrow, and the scimitar respectively. The scimitar also represents Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns. The Taeguk refers to service during the Korean War. Scarlet denotes courage and sacrifice.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 142d Supply and Service Battalion on 18 February 1993. It was redesignated for the 142d Support Battalion with symbolism revised on 23 June 1993. It was amended to include a crest on 16 October 2006.





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