395TH SUPPORT 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 heraldic escarbuncle in gold having eight bands radiating from a blue rim around a buff-colored hub, the four saltirewise bands ending with key bows, the two lateral and the lower vertical bands ending with grape leaves and the upper vertical band capped with a demi-fleur-de-lis in blue, all on a gold oblong background enclosed by a continuous blue scroll (concave at the sides where the grape leaves overlap and convex at top and bottom) and inscribe in gold letters with the motto "THE NUCLEUS" at top and "OF SUPPORT" at bottom.

Symbolism
The colors buff and yellow are used by Supply and Service, former designation of the unit. Blue refers to the unit's Quartermaster origin, and the fleur-de-lis pointer stands for northern France, where the battalion was activated and campaigned during World War II. The escarbuncle is a heraldic charge derived from the patterns of iron bands placed on the backs of ancient shields to strengthen them; it symbolizes the unit's basic mission of support. The key sections refer to the function of supply, and the grape leaves are adapted from the seal of the battalion's home state, Connecticut, which contains a coat of arms charged with three grape vines.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 395th Supply and Service Battalion on 19 February 1971. It was redesignated for the 395th Quartermaster Battalion with the description and symbolism revised effective 16 September 1996. The insignia was redesignated for the 395th Support Battalion effective 17 September 2006.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, an escarbuncle Or, the spike palewise to chief capped with a demi-fleur-de-lis of the field fimbriated of the charge, the four in saltire capped with key bows and the remaining three with grape leaves garnished blue all radiating from a hurt voided Buff and fimbriated Yellow.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

THE NUCLEUS OF SUPPORT.

Symbolism

Shield

The colors buff and yellow are used by Supply and Service, former designation of the unit. Blue refers to the unit's Quartermaster origin, and the fleur-de-lis pointer stands for northern France, where the battalion was activated and campaigned during World War II. The escarbuncle is a heraldic charge derived from the patterns of iron bands placed on the backs of ancient shields to strengthen them; it symbolizes the unit's basic mission of support. The key sections refer to the function of supply, and the grape leaves are adapted from the seal of the battalion's home state, Connecticut, which contains a coat of arms charged with three grape vines.

Crest

The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 395th Quartermaster Battalion on 2 July 1996. It was redesignated for the 395th Support Battalion effective 17 September 2006.





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