210TH SUPPORT 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: Sanguine, on a bend cottised dancetté Argent a ski pole of the first entwined by a serpent Vert langued of the field. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "FORTES DEFENSORES VITAE" in Maroon letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Army Medical Service, the predecessor organization. The serpent, a classical symbol of healing, indicates the medical function of the parent unit. The ski pole represents the unit's activation at Camp Carson, Colorado. The two jagged bands allude to the former unit's two European World War II campaign honors awarded for service in the North Apennines and the Po Valley. The motto translates to "Courageous Defenders of Life."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 10th Medical Battalion on 12 May 1955. The authorization was updated on 30 May 1985. It was redesignated for the 210th Support Battalion with the description and symbolism revised on 15 March 1991.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Sanguine, on a bend cottised dancetté Argent a ski pole of the first entwined by a serpent Vert langued of the field.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Sanguine (Maroon) a wreath of laurel of the first in front of a mount Vert and two swords in saltire Argent with handgrips Sable.

Motto

FORTES DEFENSORES VITAE (Courageous Defenders of Life).

Symbolism

Shield

Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Army Medical Service, the predecessor organization. The serpent, a classical symbol of healing, indicates the medical function of the parent unit. The ski pole represents the unit's activation at Camp Carson, Colorado. The two jagged bands allude to the former unit's two European World War II campaign honors awarded for service in the North Apennines and the Po Valley.

Crest

The green mountain, stylized in a manner peculiar to Italian heraldry, is symbolic of the former unit's World War II service in the North Apennines and Po Valley campaigns in Italy. The crossed swords represent the combat troops who benefitted from the services of the battalion and form a representation of the Roman numeral ten, a canting reference to the former battalion's numerical designation. The wreath suggests the noble cause and merciful purpose of the former unit's mission.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 10th Medical Battalion on 12 May 1955. The authorization was updated on 30 May 1985. It was amended to add a crest on 4 September 1985. The insignia was redesignated for the 210th Support Battalion with the symbolism revised on 15 March 1991.





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