898TH ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a castle Argent mortared Sable bearing a musket and a battle-axe saltirewise of the like with hand grip Gules, in base a wavy bar Azure fimbriated of the second. Attached below the shield a Black scroll doubled and inscribed “FIRST IN BATTLE” in Silver letters.

Symbolism
Scarlet and white are the colors traditionally associated with Engineer organizations. White is the original color of Infantry and signifies the Engineer’s alternative mission to organize as Infantry. The blue wavy bar suggests the many waterways of the Pacific Northwest, home base of the Battalion. The castle is the traditional engineer symbol. The axe symbolizes sappers and the musket is for Infantry.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 December 1994.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, a castle Argent mortared Sable bearing a musket and a battle-axe saltirewise of the like with hand grip Gules, in base a wavy bar Azure fimbriated of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Washington Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Gules, a raven with wings endorsed issuing out of a ducal coronet all Proper.

Motto

FIRST INTO BATTLE.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the colors traditionally associated with Engineer organizations. White is the original color of Infantry and signifies the Engineer’s alternative mission to organize as Infantry. The blue wavy bar suggests the many waterways of the Pacific Northwest, home base of the Battalion. The castle is the traditional engineer symbol. The axe symbolizes sappers and the musket is for Infantry.

Crest

The crest is that of the Washington Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 21 December 1994.





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