711TH 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 shield blazoned: Tenné, on a saltire Argent a lightning flash and arrow, point up, crossed saltirewise Gules. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "SMASH TO THE STARS" in Black letters.

Symbolism
Orange and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps, the original unit designation. The saltire taken from the State Flag of Alabama alludes to the Confederate Flag and symbolizes the organization's Civil War service. The arrow refers to the Battalion's service in the Indian Wars against the Creeks and the lightning flash is a symbol of celerity and force.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 711th Command Signal Operations Battalion on 11 November 1974. The insignia was redesignated for the 711th Signal Battalion on 23 November 1979. It was redesignated for the 711th Support Battalion with the symbolism updated on 22 October 2008.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Tenné, on a saltire Argent a lightning flash and arrow, point up, crossed saltirewise Gules.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Alabama Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Tenné) a slip of cotton plant with full bursting boll, Proper.

Motto

SMASH TO THE STARS.

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps, the original unit designation. The saltire taken from the State Flag of Alabama alludes to the Confederate Flag and symbolizes the organization's Civil War service. The arrow refers to the Battalion's service in the Indian Wars against the Creeks and the lightning flash is a symbol of celerity and force.

Crest

The crest is that of the Alabama Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 711th Command Signal Operations Battalion on 23 September 1974. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 711th Signal Battalion on 23 November 1979. It was redesignated for the 711th Support Battalion with the symbolism updated on 22 October 2008.





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