188TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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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 shield blazoned: Per chevron Gules and Or, in chief a demi-sun with seven rays Or and n base a drawn bow with fire arrow point and Gules. Attached below the shield a Red scroll inscribed "FOREVER VIGILANT" in Gold.

Symbolism
Red and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with the U.S. Army Artillery. Red is indicative of the unit's courage, vitality and zeal. The gold refers to leadership, achievement and excellence. The demi-sun with seven rays represents the seven Indian tribes of North Dakota. A bow and arrow device is an established emblem of the North Dakota Army National Guard. The bow and flaming arrow also symbolize the significant Indian heritage which the state bears. The fiery arrow aimed skyward is emblematic of the Air Defense mission. The bow is fully drawn to highlight the unit's military preparedness and awesome striking power as well as characterizing the unit's motto.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 17 November 1988.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron Gules and Or, in chief a demi-sun with seven rays Or and in base a drawn bow with fire arrow point up Proper.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the North Dakota Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a sheaf of three arrows Argent armed and flighted Gules behind a stringed bow fesswise Or with grip of the second (Gules).

Motto

FOREVER VIGILANT.

Symbolism

Shield

Red and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with the U.S. Army Artillery. Red is indicative of the unit's courage, vitality and zeal. The gold refers to leadership, achievement and excellence. The demi-sun with seven rays represents the seven Indian tribes of North Dakota. A bow and arrow device is an established emblem of the North Dakota Army National Guard. The bow and flaming arrow also symbolize the significant Indian heritage which the state bears. The fiery arrow aimed skyward is emblematic of the Air Defense mission. The bow is fully drawn to highlight the unit's military preparedness and awesome striking power as well as characterizing the unit's motto.

Crest

The crest is that of the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 17 November 1988.





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