38TH PERSONNEL SERVICES 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 three gold rays issuing from the top of a black chess rook, the center ray surmounting a red fleur-de-lis all above a gold scroll bearing the inscription "TO PROVIDE WITH PRIDE" in black letters.

Symbolism
The mission and capabilities of the 38th Personnel Services Battalion in providing command, staff, administration, and supply is symbolized by the heraldic chess rook which, as in the game of chess, moves alternately until the mission is accomplished. The three rays and fleur-de-lis taken from the mariner's compass refer to the unit's capabilities. They further refer to the three battle honors earned in France, Germany, and Central Europe in World War II.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 38th Replacement Battalion on 13 June 1967. It was redesignated for the 38th Personnel and Administration Battalion on 3 October 1972. The insignia was redesignated for the 38th Personnel Services Battalion with the description and symbolism revised effective 16 November 1994.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess Gules and Azure (Dark Blue) on a fess enarched and rayed to chief of three the center one flory Or, a chess rook Sable.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Gules a demi-sun in splendor superimposed by a quill of the second and a sword hilt to base saltirewise Argent grip Gules.

Motto

TO PROVIDE WITH PRIDE.

Symbolism

Shield

The arched fess suggests the sun's corona over the earth and alludes to the worldwide aspects of replacement, alluding to the unit's former designation as a Replacement Battalion. The rays emanating from the fess form a compass rose and further reflect the global aspects of personnel replacement. The flory ray between the two rays stands for the unit's World War II battle honors in France, Germany, and Central Europe. The chess rook which, in the game of chess, moves alternately until the game is complete, symbolizes the Battalion and its capabilities in providing command, staff, administration, and supply.

Crest

The rising sun refers to the unit's outstanding contributions to victory in Europe during World War II, thereby contributing to the dawn of a new era in the peace and development of the region. The sword symbolizes readiness and service to the individual soldier. The quill indicates superior administrative capabilities. Scarlet represents courage and sacrifice; gold denotes excellence.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 27 June 1994. It was amended to include a crest on 7 November 1996.





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