186 Artillery Regiment
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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 shield blazoned: Per fess abased Gules and barry wavy of six Or and Azure, a pale Argent between in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis and in sinister chief a prickly pear cactus of the second, the pale charged with an apple slipped and leafed of the first bearing a white figure “2” and in chief a Roman sword in sheath (From the Spanish War Medal of the third. Attached below and to the side of the shield a Red scroll inscribed “AD OMNIA PARATI” in Gold letters.

Symbolism
The colors scarlet and yellow are used for Artillery. The apple with the white figure “2” alludes to the badge of the old 2d Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, to indicate the parent unit which was known as the “Appleknockers.” The descent of the present unit from the 105th Infantry Regiment thru the 186th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, New York National Guard, is depicted by elements from their coats of arms and the colors blue and white for Infantry. These elements are the Roman sword, prickly pear cactus and fleur-de-lis. The organizations three campaign awards for service in the Pacific area, World War II are represented by three wavy blue bars. The motto translates to “Ready For All Things.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 31 December 1962.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per fess abased Gules and barry wavy of six Or and Azure, a pale Argent between in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis and in sinister chief a prickly pear cactus of the second, the pale charged with an apple slipped and leafed of the first bearing a white figure “2” and in chief a Roman sword in sheath (From the Spanish War Medal of the third.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the New York Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, the full-rigged ship “Half Moon” all Proper.

Motto

AD OMNIA PARATI (Ready For All Things).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors scarlet and yellow are used for Artillery. The apple with the white figure “2” alludes to the badge of the old 2d Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, to indicate the parent unit which was known as the “Appleknockers.” The descent of the present unit from the 105th Infantry Regiment thru the 186th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, New York National Guard, is depicted by elements from their coats of arms and the colors blue and white for Infantry. These elements are the Roman sword, prickly pear cactus and fleur-de-lis. The organizations three campaign awards for service in the Pacific area, World War II are represented by three wavy blue bars.

Crest

The crest is that of the New York Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 31 December 1962.





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