170TH SUPPORT GROUP
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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 light blue field, at the top a gold bow drawn, with a gold arrow point up and extending above the bow, the arrow shaft surmounted by a white heraldic rose with gold details, in base two white wavy bars, all above a semi-circular scarlet scroll with gold lining, folded back over the strings of the bow at each end and inscribed "SERVICE WITH HONOR" in gold letters.

Symbolism
The bow and arrow symbolizes the mission of the Group to provide command and control of combat service support units. The bow and arrow also alludes to the Kecoughtan Indians; Hampton was originally called Kecoughtan and the streets of the city follow a bow-and-arrow pattern. The color blue with the wavy bars symbolizes Hampton Roads, the heraldic rose representing Hampton the oldest English community in America and the location of the unit's origin. White roses are also found on the coat of arms of Southampton, England: Hampton, Virginia was named after the Earl of Southampton.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 27 July 1971.





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