187TH ORDNANCE 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 a black disc bearing two crossed gold artillery shells in base surrounded by a blue circular motto scroll bearing the words "GEARED TO MAINTAIN" arcing in base in gold letters surmounted at the top of the scroll by a red gear wheel of seven spokes and eight teeth with eight blue flames extending to the middle of the black disc.

Symbolism
Crimson and yellow are the colors associated with Ordnance. The gear wheel with radiating flames has long been associated with the unit, denoting maintenance of equipment and simulating the unit's numerical designation: i.e., one wheel, eight gear teeth and seven spokes. The rays represent the zeal of personnel in performance of their duties. The shells allude to weaponry and the unit's mission and further suggest the two campaign credits for service in Europe during World War II. Black refers to oil and petroleum lubricants which denote smooth operation of the wheel.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 March 1987.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, a cog wheel of seven spokes and eight teeth Crimson, radiated Azure.

Crest

None

Motto

GEARED TO MAINTAIN.

Symbolism

Shield

Crimson and yellow are the colors associated with Ordnance. The functions of the organization are symbolized by the cog wheel denoting smooth cooperation and continuous maintenance of equipment. The numerical designation is indicated by the wheel (1), the seven (7) spokes and the eight (8) teeth; the rays between the teeth represent the zeal of the personnel as they pursue their duties.

Crest

None

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 187th Ordnance Battalion on 26 January 1943. It was redesignated on 29 July 1975. The coat of arms was reinstated for the 187th Ordnance Battalion effective 27 July 1992.





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