421ST REGIMENT
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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: Per fess abased dancette Gules and Or, overall issuing from the fess point of an ogress in base the rising cloud of an atomic bomb explosion Proper fimbriated of the second. Attached above the shield the crest of the Nevada Army National Guard. Attached below the shield a Yellow scroll inscribed "SOBRE TODO" in Black.

Symbolism
The service of the former organization, the 221st Artillery is indicated by the jagged gold section which represents the Spring Mountains to the west of Las Vegas, the headquarters of the Battalion. The black circle indicates the Nevada Atomic Proving Grounds, which is a short distance from the Las Vegas Armory. The atomic bomb burst signifies that the Battalion was the first National Guard unit in history to witness and participate in one of the atomic exercises at the Proving Grounds. The motto translates to "Above The Rest."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 422d Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 8 December 1953. It was redesignated for the 221st Artillery Regiment on 20 May 1960. The insignia was redesignated for the 421st Regiment with the description and symbolism revised on 21 April 1997.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess abased dancette Gules and Or, overall issuing from the fess point of an ogress in base the rising cloud of an atomic bomb explosion Proper fimbriated of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Nevada Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules, within a garland of sagebrush a sledge and miner's drill crossed in saltire behind a pickax in pale Proper.

Motto

SOBRE TODO (Above The Rest).

Symbolism

Shield

The service of the former organization, the 221st Artillery is indicated by the jagged gold section which represents the Spring Mountains to the west of Las Vegas, the headquarters of the Battalion. The black circle indicates the Nevada Atomic Proving Grounds, which is a short distance from the Las Vegas Armory. The atomic bomb burst signifies that the Battalion was the first National Guard unit in history to witness and participate in one of the atomic exercises at the Proving Grounds.

Crest

The crest is that of the Nevada Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 422d Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 8 December 1953. It was redesignated for the 221st Artillery Regiment on 20 May 1960. The insignia was redesignated for the 421st Regiment with the blazon and symbolism revised on 21 April 1997.





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