338TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, an oval sphere Azure (Oriental Blue) gridlined of the field, overall a key wards up palewise of the last superimposed by a sphinx's head Or; on a chief embattled Sable two flashes saltirewise Gules. Encircled at top and sides by a Blue scroll and inscribed "INVENI ET USURPA" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
Oriental blue is the primary color traditionally associated with the Military Intelligence Corps. The embattled division of the shield signifies defense and military preparedness while black and white suggest night and day capabilities. The globe denotes the far-reaching scope of the unit's mission. The key symbolizes security, the sphinx alludes to vigilance and strength. The red flashes indicate speed and action while representing electronic communications and technology. The motto translates to "Find and Exploit."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 28 March 1990.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, an oval sphere Azure (Oriental Blue) gridlined of the field, overall a key wards up palewise of the last superimposed by a sphinx's head Or garnished Sable; on a chief embattled Sable two flashes saltirewise Gules.

Crest

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

Motto

INVENI ET USURPA (Find and Exploit).

Symbolism

Shield

Oriental blue is the primary color traditionally associated with the Military Intelligence Corps. The embattled division of the shield signifies defense and military preparedness while black and white suggest night and day capabilities. The globe denotes the far-reaching scope of the unit's mission. The key symbolizes security, the sphinx alludes to vigilance and strength. The red flashes indicate speed and action while representing electronic communications and technology.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 28 March 1990.





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