185TH MILITARY POLICE 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 two blue swords crossed saltirewise surmounted by a green four-pointed star bearing at its center a yellow roundel charged with a blue fleur-de-lis and all encircled by a continuous green scroll divided in four folds; the upper folds inscribed “FORGED FROM FREEDOM” in gold letters.

Symbolism
Green and yellow are the colors used for Military Police. The unit’s service as an Infantry organization during World War II in the Aleutians and in France is symbolized by the two blue swords, a polar star and a fleur-de-lis. The star is further reference to the badge of the early law enforcement officer and alludes to the basic mission of the organization. The gold roundel or bezant refers to the nickname of the State of California known as the “Land of Gold” and home area of the Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 185th Military Police Battalion on 22 April 1976. It was redesignated for the 49th Military Police Battalion on 18 June 1998. The insignia was redesignated for the 185th Military Police Battalion effective 1 September 2008.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Or, a polestar Vert, bearing a bezant charged with a fleur-de-lis Azure surmounting two swords in saltire hilts to base of the last.

Crest

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

Motto

FORGED FROM FREEDOM.

Symbolism

Shield

Green and yellow are the colors used for Military Police. The unit’s service as an Infantry organization during World War II in the Aleutians and in France is symbolized by the two blue swords, a polar star and a fleur-de-lis. The star is further reference to the badge of the early law enforcement officer and alludes to the basic mission of the organization. The gold roundel or bezant refers to the nickname of the State of California known as the “Land of Gold” and home area of the Battalion.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 185th Military Police Battalion on 24 February 1998. It was redesignated for the 49th Military Police Battalion on 18 June 1998. The insignia was redesignated for the 185th Military Police Battalion effective 1 September 2008.





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