548TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall the top curving and forming an apex, a horizontal unsheathed gold sword, point to left and surmounting a light blue five pointed star, supported by two green branches of mountain ash, the ends crossed in base all above a gold scroll bearing the motto "SUPPORTING THE SWORD" in black letters.

Symbolism
The sword, a symbol of the combat arm, supported by the branches of the mountain ash, commonly known as the service tree, alludes to the support element of the organization and symbolizes the myriad activities within the support organization. The star refers to supply activities.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 548th Supply and Service Battalion on 7 July 1967. It was redesignated for the 548th Support Battalion with the description and symbolism revised effective 16 November 1993.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Buff, on a wreath of mountain ash Proper a mullet Celeste, overall a sword fesswise point to dexter Or.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Celeste a mural crown Gules mortared Sable superimposed by a fleur-de-lis Azure surmounted by two scimitars saltirewise of the first.

Motto

SUPPORTING THE SWORD.

Symbolism

Shield

Buff is traditionally associated with Support units. The wreath of mountain ash, commonly known as the service tree, alludes to the many activities comprising the unit's mission and is a symbol of honor and achievement. The star refers to multifunctional support. The sword represents military preparedness. Green and blue denote growth and integrity. Gold stands for excellence.

Crest

The fleur-de-lis refers to campaign participation credit in Northern France during World War II. The mural crown, recalling a fortification, alludes to the Rhineland and Central Europe, where the unit participated in two further campaigns. Scarlet denotes courage and valor. The scimitars are crossed to reflect support and commemorate the unit's campaign service in Southwest Asia.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 4 March 1994. It was amended to include the crest on 5 August 1994.





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