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401st Civil Affairs Battalion

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 5 March 1993. A gold color metal and enamel device consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess dancetty Purpure and Or, in chief a lion passant of the second grasping in dexter paw a scimitar Argent; in base a palm frond fesswise Vert. Attached below the shield a purple scroll doubled and inscribed "CIVILIAN MILITARY COOPERATION" in gold. Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. Gold is emblematic of honor and achievement. The two parts of the shield highlight cooperation and unity. The lion and sword represent the military mission to restore order and stabilization; the palm symbolizes victory. The zigzag division of the shield alludes to the sand dunes of the Middle East. The scimitar and palm also are indicative of Southwest Asia and commemorate the unit's campaign participation and baptism of fire.

The coat of arms was approved on 5 March 1993. Purple and white are the colors traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. Gold is emblematic of honor and achievement. The two parts of the shield highlight cooperation and unity. The lion and sword represent the military mission to restore order and stabilization; the palm symbolizes victory. The zigzag division of the shield alludes to the sand dunes of the Middle East. The scimitar and palm also are indicative of Southwest Asia and commemorate the unit's campaign participation and baptism of fire.



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