A gold metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold Burmese lion on a gold pedestal in front of a gold wheel on a red disc. In base a gold scroll bearing the inscription "READY RELIABLE EXACT" in black letters.
Crimson is a color traditionally associated with Maintenance organizations, the original allocation of the unit. The predecessor Battalion's service in World War II is symbolized by the wheel (dharma chakra) for India and the Burmese lion for Burma. The pedestal alludes to support and refers to the organization's basic mission.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 7th Maintenance Battalion on 30 December 1966. It was amended to revise the description and symbolism on 31 December 1992. The insignia was redesignated with the symbolism revised for the 17th Support Battalion effective 16 October 1993.