369TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue shield charged with a silver rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike.

Symbolism
The rattlesnake is a symbol used on some colonial flags and is associated with the thirteen original colonies. The silver rattlesnake on the blue shield was the distinctive regimental insignia of the 369th Infantry Regiment, ancestor of the unit, and alludes to the service of the organization during World War I.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 369th Infantry Regiment on 17 April 1923. It was redesignated for the 369th Coast Artillery Regiment on 3 December 1940. It was redesignated for the 369th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on 7 January 1944. It was redesignated for the 569th Field Artillery Battalion on 14 August 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 369th Artillery Regiment on 4 April 1962. It was amended to correct the wording of the description on 2 September 1964. It was redesignated for the 569th Transportation Battalion and amended to add a motto on 13 March 1969. The insignia was redesignated for the 369th Transportation Battalion and amended to delete the motto on 14 January 1975. It was redesignated for the 369th Support Battalion and amended to revise the description and symbolism on 2 November 1994. The insignia was redesignated for the 369th Sustainment Brigade and amended to revise the description and symbolism on 20 July 2007.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron Azure and Gules, a chevron wavy Argent between in chief five poplar trees Or, and in base a rattlesnake ready to strike of the third.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the New York National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Azure the full rigged ship "Half Moon" all Proper.

Motto

DON'T TREAD ON ME.

Symbolism

Shield

Blue, white and red represent the Tricolor of France and signify that the entire combat service of the predecessor organization was as a unit of the French Army during World War I. The wavy chevron represents the first front line sector held by the Regiment at the junction of the Aiane and Tourbe Rivers. The principal military achievement of the Regiment was its participation in the Meuse-Argonne battle; the five poplar trees represent the Argonne Forest and denote the five days the Regiment was in the attack in that battle (26 September-1 October 1918). The rattlesnake perpetuates the distinctive regimental insignia adopted early in April 1918, and worn by the organization throughout the remainder of its service in World War I. The motto, "DON'T TREAD ON ME," was adopted at the same time as the insignia.

Crest

The crest is that of the New York Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 369th Infantry Regiment on 5 April 1923. It was amended to correct the colors in the blazonry of the crest on 12 January 1928. It was redesignated for the 369th Coast Artillery Regiment (AA) on 3 December 1940. It was redesignated for the 369th Antiaircraft Gun Battalion on 12 January 1944. The insignia was redesignated for the 569th Field Artillery Battalion on 14 August 1956. It was redesignated for the 369th Artillery Regiment on 4 April 1962. It was redesignated for the 369th Support Battalion with the blazon and symbolism revised on 2 November 1994. The coat of arms was cancelled on 20 July 2007, when the distinctive unit insignia was redesignated for the 369th Sustainment Brigade.





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