734th Transportation Battalion
The 195th Armor Battalion of the Nebraska National Guard, were deactivated on Sunday September 2, 2001. Its elements were redesignated as the 734th Transportation Battalion (Motor Support).
The 734th Transportation Battalion was part of Kearney's "Presidential Task Force" assembled by local leaders during a vist by President Clinton in December 2000. The unit stored the presidential motorcade and provided several trailers, including one that served as a stand for media covering the president's arrival.
The coat of arms was approved on 7 February 2001, consisting of a shield: Or, three piles Gules (Brick Red) a plain point Vert; on a chief Sable a covered wagon pilled by two oxen of the first. The Crest is that for the regiments and separate battalions of the Nebraska Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red), an ear of corn in full ear partially husked Proper. Brick red and golden yellow are the colors traditionally used by the Transportation Corps. The three red rays symbolize the confluence of the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails that would become Kearney, Nebraska, location of the unit. This area has a rich heritage shaped by pioneers who boldly crossed this country in search of opportunity, which is symbolized by the gold rays. The green area alludes to the prairie. The covered wagon embodies the hardships and heroism of that great migration that helped to make America great.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 7 Feb 2001, consisting of a shield blazoned: Or, three piles Gules (Brick Red) a plain point Vert; on a chief Sable a covered wagon pulled by two oxen of the first. Attached around bottom and sides of the shield a Black scroll doubled and inscribed "PRAIRIE STEEL" in Gold.
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