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489th Civil Affairs Battalion

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 14 June 1993. A gold color metal and enamel device , consisting of a shield blazoned: Purpure, a torch Or, overall a parchment scroll Argent charged with a palm frond Or. Attached below the shield a tripartite red scroll doubled and inscribed "VIS AMPLIFICANS VIM" in gold. Purple is the primary color traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. The parchment scroll and torch are adapted from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch. The palm frond recalls the unit's participation in the action to liberate Kuwait during the Gulf War and stands for victory. Red stands for courage and sacrifice.



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