301ST INFORMATION OPERATIONS 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: Argent, two pallets Sable surmounted by a sword of the first (Silver Gray), grip Gules point up and a lightning bolt of the like saltirewise, issuant from sinister base overall a cubit arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty bendwise grasping a torch flamant palewise Or. Attached around the bottom and sides of the shield a Black scroll doubled and inscribed "LIGHT THE PATH" in Gold letters.

Symbolism
The hand and arm grasping the torch from the Statute of Liberty represents the Battalion's activation in New York and the importance of freedom. The torch symbolizes knowledge and wisdom, as well as, providing a better light on past, present, and future operations. The sword refers to the warrior spirit. The lightning bolt alludes to zeal, action, courage, communication, and the necessity to synchronize all forms of communication for the success of the mission. The motto "LIGHT THE PATH" pertains to the ability of knowledge and information to shape and synchronize the battlefield. The teal color is linked to Information Operations as a branch immaterial field.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 September 2009.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, two pallets Sable surmounted by a sword of the first (Silver Gray), grip Gules, point up and a lightning bolt of the like saltirewise, issuant from sinister base overall a cubit arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty bendwise grasping a torch flamant palewise Or.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Sable, 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

LIGHT THE PATH.

Symbolism

Shield

The hand and arm grasping the torch from the Statute of Liberty represents the Battalion's activation in New York and the importance of freedom. The torch symbolizes knowledge and wisdom, as well as, providing a better light on past, present, and future operations. The sword refers to the warrior spirit. The lightning bolt alludes to zeal, action, courage, communication, and the necessity to synchronize all forms of communication for the success of the mission. The motto "LIGHT THE PATH" pertains to the ability of knowledge and information to shape and synchronize the battlefield. The teal color is linked to Information Operations as a branch immaterial field.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 16 September 2009.





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