179TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Azure and Gules, a saltire Gray fimbriated Argent between in chief the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 31st Division Proper (on a White disk edged with a Red border a Red capital letter “D” addorsed with its reverse of the like) in sinister fess a prickly pear cactus of the fourth. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “IN BELLO PACEQUE PRIMUS” in Red letters.

Symbolism
The shield is blue to represent the Infantry origin of the organization and is dived with red to represent the organization’s present assignment as Artillery. The gray saltire represents Confederate service during the Civil War, the cactus service on the Mexican Border, and the 31st Division shoulder sleeve insignia service in that Division during World War I. The motto was that of the Gate City Guards, the oldest existent company of the 179th Field Artillery.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 179th Field Artillery Regiment on 24 August 1940. It was redesignated for the 179th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 August 1943. It was redesignated for the 179th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 26 September 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 179th Artillery Regiment on 25 April 1961. It was redesignated for the 179th Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 18 February 1999.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per bend Azure and Gules, a saltire Gray fimbriated Argent between in chief the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 31st Division Proper (on a White disk edged with a Red border a Red capital letter “D” addorsed with its reverse of the like) in sinister fess a prickly pear cactus of the fourth.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Georgia Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Azure, a boar’s head erased Gules, in his mouth an oak branch Vert fructed Or.

Motto

IN BELLO PACEQUE PRIMUS (First in War and Peace).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is blue to represent the Infantry origin of the organization and is dived with red to represent the organization’s present assignment as Artillery. The gray saltire represents Confederate service during the Civil War, the cactus service on the Mexican Border, and the 31st Division shoulder sleeve insignia service in that Division during World War I. The motto was that of the Gate City Guards, the oldest existent company of the 179th Field Artillery.

Crest

The crest is that of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 179th Field Artillery Regiment on 24 August 1940. It was redesignated for the 179th Field Artillery Battalion on 17 August 1943. It was redesignated for the 179th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 26 September 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 179th Artillery Regiment on 25 April 1961. It was redesignated for the 179th Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 18 February 1999.





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