260TH 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: Gules, on a pile bendwise Or two projectiles Sable between in chief a billet Argent surmounted by a lozenge of the first charged with a fleur-de-lis of the second and in base a prickly pear cactus of the like. Attached below the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed "FERIO, TEGO" in Black.

Symbolism
The service of the former organization, the 260th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, is indicated by a red shield for Artillery. The white oblong bearing the red diamond was the device used on the guns, tractors, and other property of the 2d Battalion, 60th Regiment Coast Artillery, from which the battle credits of the 260th Coast Artillery are derived. The fleur-de-lis denotes service in France. The prickly pear cactus symbolizes the Mexican Border service of the Cavalry and Field Artillery units assigned to the 260th Coast Artillery. The pile with the two projectiles represents the constitution of the unit as one searchlight battery and two gun batteries when the assignment to antiaircraft armament was made. The motto translates to "I Strike, I Defend."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 260th Coast Artillery Regiment on 15 May 1928. It was redesignated for the 260th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 7 January 1944. It was rescinded (cancelled) on 24 January 1975. The insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the 260th Regiment with the description and symbolism revised on 14 July 1997.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, on a pile bendwise Or two projectiles Sable between in chief a billet Argent surmounted by a lozenge of the first charged with a fleur-de-lis of the second and in base a prickly pear cactus of the like.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the District of Columbia Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules, the dome of the United States Capitol Proper in front of a rising sun Or.

Motto

FERIO, TEGO (I Strike, I Defend).

Symbolism

Shield

The service of the former organization, the 260th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, is indicated by a red shield for Artillery. The white oblong bearing the red diamond was the device used on the guns, tractors, and other property of the 2d Battalion, 60th Regiment Coast Artillery, from which the battle credits of the 260th Coast Artillery are derived. The fleur-de-lis denotes service in France. The prickly pear cactus symbolizes the Mexican Border service of the Cavalry and Field Artillery units assigned to the 260th Coast Artillery. The pile with the two projectiles represents the constitution of the unit as one searchlight battery and two gun batteries when the assignment to antiaircraft armament was made.

Crest

The crest is that of the District of Columbia Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 260th Coast Artillery Regiment on 16 May 1928. It was amended to correct the blazon of the crest on 18 June 1928. It was redesignated for the 260th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 7 January 1944. It was rescinded (cancelled) on 24 January 1975. The insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the 260th Regiment with the blazon and symbolism revised on 14 July 1997.





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