72D SUPPORT 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 two diagonal crimson lightning flashes with points conjoined and terminating in base forming a "V" supporting in the angle a white bomb burst encircling a black six-pointed star, all interstices gold, and tops of the flashes extending over an encircling crimson scroll inscribed in base "SECURITY AND RELIABILITY" in gold.

Symbolism
Crimson and yellow are colors traditionally associated with the Ordnance Corps. The Battalion's campaign participation in Northern France, World War II, is denoted by the six-pointed black star from the coat of arms of Cherbourg, France, which is near Quetthou where the Battalion performed its initial combat support mission. The two lightning flashes, "V"-shaped, and the white circular form are suggested by the shoulder sleeve insignia for European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, worn by the unit in World War II. The flashes supporting the bomb burst also signify the former munition support mission of the Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 72d Ordnance Battalion on 20 July 1973. It was amended to include metric measurements on 26 February 1993. The insignia was redesignated for the 72 Support Battalion with the symbolism updated effective 17 July 2011.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Crimson, on a pile Or a bomb burst Argent fimbriated Sable bearing a radiating mullet of six of the last between two lightning bolts in pile throughout Argent.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Crimson, in front of a chevron Gules, a dragon sergeant Argent (Steel), eyed and fanged Argent, pupil of eye of the third, charged on the wing, two fleurs-de-lis of the third and a mullet of the fifth.

Motto

SECURITY AND RELIABILITY.

Symbolism

Shield

Crimson and yellow are colors traditionally associated with the Ordnance Corps. The Battalion's campaign participation in Northern France, World War II, is denoted by the six-pointed black star from the coat of arms of Cherbourg, France, which is near Quetthou where the Battalion performed its initial combat support mission. The two lightning flashes, "V"-shaped, and the white circular form are suggested by the shoulder sleeve insignia for European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, worn by the unit in World War II. The flashes supporting the bomb burst also signify the former munition support mission of the Battalion.

Crest

The chevron signifies support, representing the branch affiliation of the unit. The gray heraldic dragon, a symbol of assertiveness and a courageous defender, implies the unit's special designation "STEEL DRAGONS." The two red fleurs-de-lis indicate the Battalion's campaign participation during World War II in Northern France. The star is reminiscent of the star from the Texas state flag, alluding to the state where the 72d Support Battalion will activate.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 72d Ordnance Battalion on 26 February 1993. It was redesignated for the 72d Support Battalion and amended to add a crest effective 17 July 2011.





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