143D ORDNANCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a shield adapted from the coat of arms blazoned as follows: Or, on a saltire Gules (Crimson) a fireball Sable fired Tenné charged with a gear wheel Argent pierced; on a chief of the second fimbriated of the first an anvil of the like. Attached below the shield is a Crimson motto scroll inscribed with the words "PROFESSIONALS IN GEAR" in Gold letters.

Symbolism
Yellow and crimson are the colors associated with Ordnance. The saltire suggests support of the Army mission. The fireball symbolizes the Ordnance mission, the four flames implying the four corners of the earth, indicating the worldwide scope of the United States defense. The gear wheel alludes to the unit's motto. The chief symbolizes the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded the unit in World War II. The anvil alludes to repair and the unit's World War II designation as an Ordnance Maintenance Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 11 March 1987.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, on a saltire Gules (Crimson) a fireball Sable fired Proper charged with a gear wheel Argent pierced; on a chief of the second fimbriated of the first an anvil of the like.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules (Crimson), in front of a spoked wheel Or a double-headed demi-eagle displayed Sable armed of the first langued Gules and charged on the breast with a fleur-de-lis Argent.

Motto

PROFESSIONALS IN GEAR.

Symbolism

Shield

Yellow and crimson are the colors associated with Ordnance. The saltire suggests support of the Army mission. The fireball symbolizes the Ordnance mission, the four flames implying the four corners of the earth, indicating the worldwide scope of the United States defense. The gear wheel alludes to the unit's motto. The chief symbolizes the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded the unit in World War II. The anvil alludes to repair and the unit's World War II designation as an Ordnance Maintenance Battalion.

Crest

The wheel recalls the unit's history as an Ordnance Automotive Maintenance Battalion. The eagle refers to the unit's World War II campaign participation in the Rhineland. The fleur-de-lis suggests the unit's campaign participation in Central Europe.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 11 May 1987.





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