709TH MILITARY POLICE 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 overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, in base a bar gemel wavy Or, issuant from the upper bar a galley of the like charged on the sail with a fleur-de-lis Azure. Attached at the sides and below the shield a Green and Gold scroll doubled and inscribed "SECURITAS COPIARUM" in Gold.

Symbolism
The colors green and yellow are for the Military Police. The fleur-de-lis and galley, taken from the arms of the city of Paris, have a two-fold meaning as charges. Together they indicate service in the area around Paris; singly, the fleur-de-lis represents service in Northern France; and the galley symbolizes the early assignment of the organization?escorting prisoners from North Africa. The two wavy bars represent two trips in this capacity.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 28 April 1952. It was amended to correct the spelling of the motto on 8 October 1952. The insignia was amended to update the description on 21 June 2001.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Vert, in base a bar gemel wavy Or, issuant from the upper bar a galley of the like charged on the sail with a fleur-de-lis Azure.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Vert a portcullis Sable garnished of the first surmounted by a laurel wreath of the like superimposed by two swords hilt to base saltirewise Proper; overall a fleur-de-lis Azure above a stylized non-lethal cartridge in base of the fourth.

Motto

SECURITAS COPIARUM (Guardians of the Troops).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors green and yellow are for the Military Police. The fleur-de-lis and galley, taken from the arms of the city of Paris, have a two-fold meaning as charges. Together they indicate service in the area around Paris; singly, the fleur-de-lis represents service in Northern France; and the galley symbolizes the early assignment of the organization?escorting prisoners from North Africa. The two wavy bars represent two trips in this capacity.

Crest

The portcullis symbolizes security and recalls the Battalion's World War II mission of detaining and escorting prisoners. The swords denote readiness and combat participation. The fleur-de-lis refers to the unit's campaign in France during World War II. The cartridge recalls the use of direct fire non-lethal munitions in Kosovo, the first use of this armament by U.S. Army personnel, in April 2000. The wreath recalls the awards gained by the unit in Northern Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Gold represents the branch and signifies excellence; black denotes strength and solidarity and blue indicates worldwide capabilities.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 28 April 1952. It was amended to correct the spelling of the motto on 8 October 1952. The insignia was amended to add a crest on 21 June 2001.





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