83D CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Purpure a pall surmounted by an octagon Argent voided of the field, overall a stag's head and antlers affronté Or (Translucent Yellow) in chief a mullet of the second. Attached below the shield a triparted Purple scroll inscribed "ORDER AND BALANCE" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
Purple and white are the Civil Affairs branch colors. Purple signifies loyalty and patience. White signifies the five virtues of humility, beauty, purity, clarity and innocence. The eight sided octagon and the three pronged pall suggest the unit's numerical designation. The stag is a symbol of strength, harmony and fortitude and also represents one who does not fight unless provoked. The mullet represents the third cadency within the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade as well as the Brigade's organization in Texas, the "Lone Star State." Yellow represents nobleness, goodwill, vigor and magnanimity.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 September 2012.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Purpure, a bordure Argent a pall surmounted by an octagon of the like voided of the field, overall a stag's head with antlers Proper, in chief a mullet of the second.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Purpure, a formy cross and swords in saltire Or, overlaid by an eight point star of the last fimbriated Gules and bordered Vert charged with two bars of the fourth couped between these are the Roman Numerals XLI Sable.

Motto

ORDER AND BALANCE.

Symbolism

Shield

Purple and white are the Civil Affairs branch colors. Purple signifies loyalty and patience. White signifies the five virtues of humility, beauty, purity, clarity and innocence. The eight sided octagon and the three pronged pall suggest the unit's numerical designation. The stag is a symbol of strength, harmony and fortitude and also represents one who does not fight unless provoked. The mullet represents the third cadency within the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade as well as the Brigade's organization in Texas, the "Lone Star State." Yellow represents nobleness, goodwill, vigor and magnanimity.

Crest

Purple and white are the Civil Affairs branch colors. Purple signifies loyalty and patience. White signifies the five virtues of humility, beauty, purity, clarity and innocence. The formy cross and swords in saltire are taken from the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry medal, the eight point star suggests the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor medal fimbriated and bordered in the ribbon colors of green and red. The two red bars represent the two Meritorious Unit Commendations. These four awards recall the lineage of the 41st Civil Affairs Company which is the reason for the Roman Numeral XLI. Yellow signifies nobleness, goodwill, vigor and magnanimity. Red signifies valiance. Green signifies honor.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 16 September 2012.





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