140TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION
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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 as follows: Azure (Oriental Blue) within a orle Argent, in base a pyramid of the like and in chief a sun in splendor issuing to base five lightning flashes Or and charged with a globe of the first (Ultramarine Blue). Attached below the shield a Light Blue motto scroll turned Gold and inscribed with the words "SEMPER VIGIL" in Gold letters.

Symbolism
Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors associated with Military Intelligence. The sun represents the Greek God Helios, who, according to mythology, could bring all secrets to light; and surrounding a globe it represents the unit's worldwide military intelligence mission. The lightning flashes suggest electronic warfare and communication capabilities. The sun and lightning flashes are gold and allude to California, "The Golden State," the unit's home area. The pyramid personifies longevity and strength, and, although the unit is newly organized, suggests the foundation for long and useful service to the United States Defense Forces. The motto translates to "Always Watchful."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 15 October 1986.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure (Oriental Blue) within an orle Argent, in base a pyramid of the like and in chief a sun in splendor issuing to base five lightning flashes Or and charged with a globe of the like gridlined of the first (Ultramarine Blue).

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure (Oriental Blue), the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statute of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

SEMPER VIGIL (Always Watchful).

Symbolism

Shield

Oriental blue and silver gray (white) are the colors associated with Military Intelligence. The sun represents the Greek God Helios, who, according to mythology, could bring all secrets to light; and surrounding a globe it represents the unit's worldwide military intelligence mission. The lightning flashes suggest electronic warfare and communication capabilities. The sun and lightning flashes are gold and allude to California, "The Golden State," the unit's home area. The pyramid personifies longevity and strength, and, although the unit is newly organized, suggests the foundation for long and useful service to the United States Defense Forces.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 15 October 1986.





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