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431st Civil Affairs Battalion

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 31 October 1996. The black shield symbolizes solidity, strength, and responsibility necessary to fulfill the Civil Affairs mission. Purple and white represent the Civil Affairs Branch.

The sun refers to the universal need for service and sustenance and, with black, alludes to day and night responsiveness to mission needs. The crescent and world reflect the unit's campaign credit for Southwest Asia service. The lightning flash denotes speedy response; the sword indicates readiness. The parchment scroll signifies the administrative expertise common to Civil Affairs operation. Gold denotes excellence.

The coat of arms was approved on 31 October 1996. The black shield symbolizes solidity, strength, and responsibility necessary to fulfill the Civil Affairs mission. Purple and white represent the Civil Affairs Branch. The sun refers to the universal need for service and sustenance and, with black, alludes to day and night responsiveness to mission needs. The crescent and world reflect the unit's campaign credit for Southwest Asia service. The lightning flash denotes speedy response; the sword indicates readiness. The parchment scroll signifies the administrative expertise common to Civil Affairs operation. Gold denotes excellence. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, Sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.



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