217TH ANTIAIRCRAFT ARTILLERY BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

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: Gules, a winged 40mm shell Or with Gray projectile surmounting in base a lightning flash of the second issuing from sinister fesswise. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Red scroll turned Gold inscribed “AGITE PRIMO FIRMITER AGITE” in Gold letters.

Symbolism
Red is the Artillery color. The projectile represents the type of organization (antiaircraft), and the lightning flash is symbolic of its striking power. The motto translates to “Do It First, Do It Well.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 140th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 11 January 1952. It was redesignated for the 140th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons) on 4 January 1955. The insignia was rescinded on 28 July 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, a winged 40mm shell Or with Gray projectile surmounting in base a lightning flash of the second issuing from sinister fesswise.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.

Motto

AGITE PRIMO FIRMITER AGITE (Do It First, Do It Well).

Symbolism

Shield

Red is the Artillery color. The projectile represents the type of organization (antiaircraft), and the lightning flash is symbolic of its striking power.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 140th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 11 January 1952. It was redesignated for the 140th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons) on 4 January 1955. The insignia was rescinded on 28 July 1961.





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