Heraldry and Insignia of the California State Military Forces
250th Military Intelligence Battalion
 
Distinctive Unit Insignia
 
Design Approved:15 December 1998
 
Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale Argent (Silver Gray) and Vert, to dexter a rose Azure surmounted by a dagger, hilt to base Gules, and to sinister a key, ward to base Or; on a chief Celeste seven mullets forming the "Big Dipper" constellation Or; attached below the shield is a blue scroll inscribed "KNOWLEDGE POWER FREEDOM" in gold.
Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the branch colors. The "Big Dipper" constellation, known also as Ursa Major or the Big Bear, represents the immense scope of the military intelligence mission and recalls California's state animal, the bear. The stars refer to California's gold strike. The rose refers to the secrecy required by the mission, The color blue recalls the Pacific Ocean and indicates world wide capability. The dagger signifies readiness and the quiet violence of intelligence activities. Red represents blood shed by participants and their resources of courage. Green symbolizes land, country and freedom, The key denotes security and the protection of knowledge and data in war and peace. Gold signifies excellence.
 
Motto: KNOWLEDGE, POWER, FREEDOM
 
 
 
Organizational Color
 
Coat of Arms
 
Shield: Per pale Argent (Silver Gray) and Vert, to dexter a rose Azure seeded and fructed Celeste (Oriental Blue) surmounted by a dagger, hilt to base Gules, and to sinister a key, ward to base Or; on a chief Celeste seven mullets forming the "Big Dipper" constellation Or.
 
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Vert, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
 
Motto: KNOWLEDGE POWER FREEDOM.
 
Symbolism:
 
Shield: The color oriental blue and silver gray represent the Military Intelligence branch. The "Big Dipper" constellation, known also as Ursa Major or the Big Bear, represents the immense scope of the military intelligence mission and recalls California's state animal, the bear. The stars refer to California's gold strike. The rose refers to the secrecy required by the mission. The color blue recalls the Pacific Ocean and indicates worldwide capability. The dagger signifies readiness and the quiet violence of intelligence activities. Red represents blood shed by the participants, and their resources of courage. Green symbolizes land, country and freedom. The key denotes security and the protection of knowledge and data in war and peace. Gold signifies excellence.
 
Crest: The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.
 
Background: The coat of arms was approved on 14 September 1999.

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