157TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Silver color metal and enamel shield shaped device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall blazoned as follows: Azure (Flag Blue), on a fess of the first, edged Argent (Silver Gray) between in dexter chief a sea lion rampant grasping a dagger and in sinister chief a fleur-de-lis and in base a tomahawk bendwise, blade head upwards, point down, all Or, a stylized snowcapped mountain range Proper, all within a bordure of the second bearing an orle of barbed wire Sable. Attached below the shield is a Dark Blue scroll inscribed “RIFLES UP” in Silver.

Symbolism
Dark blue and white are the historic colors associated with Infantry units. Black implies fortitude. The fess/horizontal bar conveys readiness to service. Gold denotes insight. The sea lion with dagger symbolizes service in the Asian-Pacific Theater; the fleur-de-lis indicates France campaign. The tomahawk alludes to the rich Native American heritage of the state of Colorado and the unit’s adopted emblem, encouraging esprit de corps. The four peaks of the mountain range signify the mountains on the front range of state – Long’s Peak, Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak and Mount Blanco, the home station of the Regiment. The gold and silver colors represent the mining history of Colorado. The border suggests the escalation of recognition. The barb wire suggests reinforcement, alluding to the taming and the tradition of the west.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 January 2014.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Azure (Flag Blue), on a fess of the first, edged Argent (Silver Gray) between in dexter chief a sea lion rampant grasping a dagger and in sinister chief a fleur-de-lis and in base a tomahawk bendwise, blade head upwards, pointing down, all Or, a stylized snowcapped mountain range Proper, all within a bordure of the second bearing a orle of barb wire Sable.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Colorado Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Azure (Flag Blue), a fasces paleways Proper with ribbon of Red, White and Blue.

Motto

RIFLES UP.

Symbolism

Shield

Dark blue and white are the historic colors associated with Infantry units. Black implies fortitude. The fess/horizontal bar conveys readiness to service. Gold denotes insight. The sea lion with dagger symbolizes service in the Asian-Pacific Theater; the fleur-de-lis indicates France campaign. The tomahawk alludes to the rich Native American heritage of the state of Colorado and the unit’s adopted emblem, encouraging esprit de corps. The four peaks of the mountain range signify the mountains on the front range of state – Long’s Peak, Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak and Mount Blanco, the home station of the Regiment. The gold and silver colors represent the mining history of Colorado. The border suggests the escalation of recognition. The barb wire suggests reinforcement, alluding to the taming and the tradition of the west.

Crest

The crest is that of the Colorado Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 January 2014.





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