502D 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 width overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure (Dark Blue), a gauntlet in base holding a wreath of laurel Or interlaced with two quills saltirewise of the second and Gules. Attached below the shield a Gold tripartite scroll inscribed "OPTIMI SUSTINENT OPTIMOS" in Dark Blue.

Symbolism
Dark blue and scarlet are the colors traditionally associated with Personnel Services units. The gauntlet and wreath signify the Battalion's mission and underscore the unit's motto. The quills, crossed for strength, denote the unit's capabilities and responsibilities. Red stands for courage and sacrifice, gold for excellence. The motto translates to "The Best Support The Best."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 6 February 1995.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure (Dark Blue), a gauntlet in base holding a wreath of laurel Or interlaced with two quills saltirewise of the second and Gules.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Azure (Dark Blue), two scimitars saltirewise hilts to base Or supporting an annulet of bamboo Or enclosing a fleur-de-lis Azure.

Motto

OPTIMI SUSTINENT OPTIMOS (The Best Support The Best).

Symbolism

Shield

Dark blue and scarlet are the colors traditionally associated with Personnel Services units. The gauntlet and wreath signify the Battalion's mission and underscore the unit's motto. The quills, crossed for strength, denote the unit's capabilities and responsibilities. Red stands for courage and sacrifice, gold for excellence.

Crest

The scimitars commemorate service in Southwest Asia, while service in Vietnam is symbolized by the bamboo annulet. Campaigns in Europe during World War II are recalled by the fleur-de-lis.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 6 February 1995.





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