257TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/64 inches (2.66 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale Or and Gules, two chevronels counterchanged in dexter chief a horse's head Sable, eyed of the first within an annulet of the third. Attached above on a wreath Or and Gules a badger couchant Proper. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "FOLLOW ME" in Black letters.

Symbolism
Yellow (Or) for the Cavalry service, is impaled with the scarlet for the Regiment's conversion into Field Artillery during World War I. The two chevronels represent the two chevrons of a year's overseas service. The ringed horse's head device is that of the Light Horse Squadron, organized in Milwaukee in 1880, in which the Regiment had its origin. The motto "Follow me" is the keynote of modern cavalry tactics.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 126th Field Artillery Regiment on 7 June 1973. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2008, for the 257th Support Battalion.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per pale Or and Gules, two chevronels counterchanged in dexter chief a horse's head erased with an annulet Sable.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Wisconsin Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a badger couchant Proper.

Motto

FOLLOW ME.

Symbolism

Shield

Yellow (Or) for the Cavalry service, is impaled with the scarlet for the Regiment's conversion into Field Artillery during World War I. The two chevronels represent the two chevrons of a year's overseas service. The ringed horse's head device is that of the Light Horse Squadron, organized in Milwaukee in 1880, in which the Regiment had its origin. The motto "Follow Me" is the keynote of modern Cavalry tactics.

Crest

The crest is that of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 105th Cavalry Regiment (1st Wisconsin National Guard) on 30 January 1923. It was redesignated for the 126th Field Artillery Battalion on 19 May 1942. It was redesignated for the 126th Artillery Regiment on 30 December 1963. The insignia was redesignated for the 126th Field Artillery Regiment on 27 September 1972. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2008, for the 257th Support Battalion. It was amended to correct the crest symbolism on 28 March 2011.





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