46TH ADJUTANT GENERAL 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 consisting of a Gold triangle, one point surmounted by a shield blazoned: Azure, two lightning bolt swords in saltire Gules hilted Or and overall a quill Argent; on a chief embattled of the third between two palm fronds fesswise Vert a mullet of the first. Attached below the shield a Red scroll doubled and inscribed "BEGIN WITH THE BEST" in Gold.

Symbolism
Dark blue and scarlet are the branch colors of The Adjutant General's Corps; gold is symbolic of excellence. The quill represents the administrative mission of The Adjutant General's Corps. The swords stand for combat readiness and their red lightning bolt blades symbolize action and courage. The "embattled" division of the shield resembles a fortress and denotes military strength and preparedness. Combined with the color gold, it refers to Fort Knox, the national gold reserve, and the location of the unit. The two palm branches, emblems of victory, honor the unit's two World War II campaign participation credits for New Guinea and Luzon. The star symbolizes its Philippine Unit Citation. The unit's location and affiliation with the Armor School and Center are represented by the triangle, a symbol long associated with Armor and typifying strength, support and stability.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 September 1987.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, two lightning bolt swords in saltire Gules hilted Or and overall a quill Argent; on a chief embattled of the third between two palm fronds fesswise Vert a mullet of the first.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure a mountain peak Vert charged with a sea lion grasping a sword in dexter claw all Or armed and langued Gules.

Motto

BEGIN WITH THE BEST.

Symbolism

Shield

Dark blue and scarlet are the branch colors of The Adjutant General's Corps; gold is symbolic of excellence. The quill represents the administrative mission of The Adjutant General's Corps. The swords stand for combat readiness and their red lightning bolt blades symbolize action and courage. The "embattled" division of the shield resembles a fortress and denotes military strength and preparedness. Combined with the color gold, it refers to Fort Knox, the national gold reserve, and the location of the unit. The two palm branches, emblems of victory, honor the unit's two World War II campaign participation credits for New Guinea and Luzon. The star symbolizes its Philippine Unit Citation.

Crest

The sea lion, adapted from the Philippine Presidential flag, commemorates the unit's Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The green mountain peak highlights the lush, green terrain of the Philippines and neighboring islands. Both the mountain and sea lion are expressive of might and power. Green and gold (yellow) representing the Armor branch and U.S. Army Armor Center, emphasize the assignment of the Battalion.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 4 September 1987.





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