185TH SUPPORT 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 red olla enclosed by a gold band inscribed in its lower portion, "TO SERVE THE WARRIOR" in blue letters. On the red olla is a gold hawk's head above a gold crossed key and sword, and in base a white arch with blue capstone.

Symbolism
, and in base a white arch with blue capstone.
Symbolism: The red olla and hawk's head are adapted from the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Headquarters State Area Command, Iowa Army National Guard, and refers to the unit's location. The crossed sword and key allude to the capabilities of the unit. The capstone refers to the former unit's mission: supply and service. The arch is a symbol of the unit's support of the soldier through its services. The state of Iowa is represented by the blue and red, adapted from the Iowa State flag. The hawk's head refers to the state of Iowa's well-known sobriquet, "The Hawkeye State."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 134th Supply and Service Battalion on 18 March 1986. It was redesignated with the description and symbolism revised for the 185th Support Battalion on 13 March 1994. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2000, for the 134th Quartermaster Battalion. The insignia was redesignated for the 185th Support Battalion on 10 October 2006.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Buff a sword, hilt to base guard to sinister and a key, ward up and out, the bow in the form of an olla saltirewise Or; debruised by a fess arched Argent charged with a capstone throughout Azure in chief a hawk's head erased Yellow garnished of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Iowa Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Buff, a hawk's head erased Proper.

Motto

TO SERVE THE WARRIOR.

Symbolism

Shield

Buff and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with support units. The arch is symbolic of the unit's support of the soldier. The capstone denotes the battalion as a vital link in that support. The sword and key, with its handle in the form of an olla, are symbolic of unit "stores" and stand for the unit's protection and distribution of goods to the Brigade. The hawk head refers to the Battalion's home location and the state of Iowa's well-known sobriquet, "The Hawkeye State."

Crest

The crest is that of the Iowa Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 185th Support Battalion on 13 March 1994. It was redesignated effective 1 September 2000, for the 134th Quartermaster Battalion. The insignia was redesignated for the 185th Support Battalion on 10 October 2006.





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