SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 2D BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 1ST ARMORED DIVISION
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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 blazoned as follows: Vert, between a pale Sable edged and surmounted by another bretessed Or, a double-ward key, wards downward and a lightning bolt palewise of the last, a point pointed Gules masoned of the third. Attached below the device a Black scroll inscribed "OPTIMUS SUSCIPIO" in Gold.

Symbolism
The pales emulate a tank track; the colors green and yellow, traditionally associated with Armor, indicate the Special Troops Battalion's affiliation. The following images illustrate the branches encompassed within the Special Troops Battalion - the double ward key suggests the security and the Military Intelligence function, the lightning bolt refers to the Signal capabilities, and the red masoned base signifies the Engineer responsibilities. The motto translates to "Support The Best."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 September 2010.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Vert, between a pale Sable edged and surmounted by another bretessed Or, a double-ward key, wards downward and a lightning bolt palewise of the last, a point pointed Gules masoned of the third.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Vert, in front of a triangular gad Argent (Silver Gray), two mortar shells erect surmounted by another, all Sable, the last shell charged with five barrulets arched downward, all above a stylized arrow Or.

Motto

OPTIMUS SUSCIPIO (Support The Best).

Symbolism

Shield

The pales emulate a tank track; the colors green and yellow, traditionally associated with Armor, indicate the Special Troops Battalion's affiliation. The following images illustrate the branches encompassed within the Special Troops Battalion - the double ward key suggests the security and the Military Intelligence function, the lightning bolt refers to the Signal capabilities, and the red masoned base signifies the Engineer responsibilities.

Crest

The triangular gad, the heraldic symbol for iron, alludes to 2d Brigade Combat Team being identified as the Iron Brigade. The three mortar shells signify the unit's campaign participation during World War II, Southwest Asia and the Global War on Terrorism. The five gold bars denote the decorations awarded. The stylized arrow suggests military readiness.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 16 September 2010.





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