290TH REGIMENT
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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 a shield blazoned: Argent, three bayonets palewise in fess Gules debruised by a fess embattled, counter-embattled Azure bearing a powder horn of the first. Attached below the shield is a Blue scroll inscribed "PREPARED PORFESSIONALS" in Silver.

Symbolism
Red, white and blue are our national colors. Blue is traditionally associated with the U.S. Infantry and red is emblematic of valor and sacrifice. The three bayonets symbolize combat readiness and honor the unit's World War II campaigns: Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. The battlements represent a strong defense and allude to the castles of Europe and the unit's service there. The powder horn, a symbol of military preparedness and ready response, highlights the Regiment's affiliation with the Army Reserve.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 10 January 1995.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, three bayonets palewise in fess Gules debruised by a fess embattled, counter-embattled Azure bearing a powder horn of the first.

Crest

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

Motto

PREPARED PROFESSIONALS.

Symbolism

Shield

Red, white and blue are our national colors. Blue is traditionally associated with the U.S. Infantry and red is emblematic of valor and sacrifice. The three bayonets symbolize combat readiness and honor the unit's World War II campaigns: Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. The battlements represent a strong defense and allude to the castles of Europe and the unit's service there. The powder horn, a symbol of military preparedness and ready response, highlights the Regiment's affiliation with the Army Reserve.

Crest

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

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 10 January 1995.





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