469TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue benzene ring bearing vertically throughout a blue pole arm surmounted by a red circular shield between six blue flames issuing horizontally from inner edge of benzene ring, all bordered by two gold stylized lightning flashes at the top, a gold stem of bearded wheat at the sides, and in base a gold scroll bearing the motto "ASSIST TO VICTORY" in black letters.

Symbolism
The wheat refers to baking service, the spear to supplies, the benzene ring, flames and lightning flashes to chemical radiological processes, and the shield to military protective equipment ? all symbolic of the overall mission of the organization. The shield and spear are also symbols of Pallas Athene (Roman Minerva), goddess of guidance and military assistance, who is depicted on the seal of California, the unit's present home.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 469th Supply and Service Battalion on 17 March 1971. It was redesignated effective 16 September 2006, for the 469th Support Battalion.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron enhanced Gules and Or, a stylized benzene ring (hexagonal) bearing palewise throughout a pole-arm Azure surmounted by a disc-shaped shield Gules pierced at center between six flames of the third issuing from within dexter and sinister sides of the hexagon, all between two stems of bearded wheat Or fimbriated of the first; in chief two lightning flashes chevronwise of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

ASSIST TO VICTORY.

Symbolism

Shield

Gold represents excellence and achievement and refers also to the traditional branch color, buff. Scarlet, the second branch color, denotes courage and sacrifice. The chevron division of the shield symbolizes support. The hexagonal benzene ring, flames and the lightning flashes refer to the various elements essential to the mission: chemical and radiological processes and speedy response and implementation. The shield and spear allude to military protective equipment and to Pallas Athene, goddess of guidance and military assistance and a seal of California symbol, the unit's original home state.

Crest

The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 23 February 2006.





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