106TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE 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: Per chevron Sable and Argent, a mascle Gules interlaced by a flash bendwise and a flash bend sinisterwise Azure (Oriental Blue), between four evergreen trees in pale two and two, and two evergreen trees in fess Vert. Attached below the shield a Black and Silver scroll inscribed "THE NORTHERN WATCH" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The chevronwise division of the background together with the evergreen trees form the illusion of a snow-covered mountain against the night sky and refers to the unit's location in Alaska as well as the "around-the-clock" mission and responsibilities of "The Northern Watch." Black represents the covert, and white is for truth. Oriental blue is the primary color of the Military Intelligence branch and red is symbolic of courage. The two flashes intertwined with the mascle emphasize the complexity and interrelated nature of Military Intelligence work. They allude to electronic capabilities, speed and a strong defense and also represent the Gordian Knot of mythology. The evergreens symbolize security and need for constant alertness; their number (six) alludes to the 6th Division.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 September 1987.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron enhanced Sable and Argent, a mascle Gules interlaced by a flash bendwise and a flash bend sinisterwise Azure (Oriental Blue), between four evergreen trees in pale two and two, and two evergreen trees in fess Vert.

Crest

None.

Motto

THE NORTHERN WATCH.

Symbolism

Shield

The chevronwise division of the background together with the evergreen trees form the illusion of a snow-covered mountain against the night sky and refers to the unit's location in Alaska as well as the "around-the-clock" mission and responsibilities of "The Northern Watch." Black represents the covert, and white is for truth. Oriental blue is the primary color of the Military Intelligence branch and red is symbolic of courage. The two flashes intertwined with the mascle emphasize the complexity and interrelated nature of Military Intelligence work. They allude to electronic capabilities, speed and a strong defense and also represent the Gordian Knot of mythology. The evergreens symbolize security and need for constant alertness; their number (six) alludes to the 6th Division.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 September 1987.





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