298 Support Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a green driving tank sprocket bearing a gold closed gauntlet above a gold gear with a red center surmounted saltirewise by two blue open-end wrenches and all above a red scroll, the ends terminating at the corners of the sprocket, inscribed “IRE IN ADVERSA” in gold letters.

Symbolism
Crimson is the color traditionally associated with Maintenance, former designation of the unit. The green driving tank sprocket with gauntlet symbolizes the organization’s former service as a tank battalion during World War II in Germany and Central Europe. The gauntlet also alludes to the administration and control functions of the unit’s mission and with the tank sprocket, wrenches and gear, refers to weapons maintenance and transportation supply. The motto translates to “To Advance Against Adversities.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 298th Maintenance Battalion on 11 September 1970. It was redesignated for the 298th Composite Battalion on 15 May 1972. It was redesignated for the 298th Service Battalion on 22 March 1973. The insignia was redesignated for the 298th Maintenance Battalion on 16 November 1973. It was redesignated for the 298th Support Battalion on 29 April 1996.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Crimson, a gear Or pierced Gules superimposed by two open-end wrenches in saltire Azure fimbriated of the second, on a canton Yellow a mullet of ten Vert charged with a dexter gauntlet erect, clenched appaumé Gold.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Mississippi Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Crimson, a slip of magnolia full flower with leaves Proper behind a trident Sable.

Motto

IRE IN ADVERSA (To Advance Against Adversities).

Symbolism

Shield

Crimson is the color traditionally associated with Maintenance, former designation of the unit. The canton with its star (alluding to a tank drive sprocket) and gauntlet symbolize the unit’s World War II service as a tank battalion in Germany and the Central Europe. (Green and yellow are the traditional colors of armored units). The gear and wrenches allude to the mission of Maintenance units.

Crest

The crest is that of the Mississippi Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved for the 298th Support Battalion on 29 April 1996.





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