Heraldry and Insignia of the California National Guard
640th Military Intelligence Battalion
 
Distinctive Unit Insignia
 
Design Approved:24 June 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 Sable a chess knight Azure (Oriental Blue) charged with a lightning bolt palewise Or (Golden Yellow), a chief checky of the last and the second. Attached above the shield is a black scroll inscribed: "WE SHALL" in gold
 
Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray are the branch colors. Gold is emblematic of of excellence and black recalls stealth. The gold and black represent day and night plus the overt and cover operations of the units around the clock vigilance. They form the illusion of a chess board and together with the chess knight, embody strategy and determination. The flash highlights speed of operation and emphasizes the roll of combat electronic warfare on the battlefield
 
Motto: WE SHALL
 
 
Battalion Color
 
 
 
Coat of Arms
 
Shield: Per pale Argent (Silver Gray) and Sable a chess knight Azure (Oriental Blue) charged with a lightning bolt palewise Or (Golden Yellow), a checky of the last and the second.
 
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Sable, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
 
Motto: WE SHALL.
 
Symbolism:
 
Shield: Oriental blue and silver gray are the colors traditionally used by the Military Intelligence Corps. Gold is emblematic of excellence and black recalls stealth. The gold and black squares represent day and night plus the overt and covert operations of the unit's around the clock vigilance. They form the illusion of a chessboard and together with the chess knight, embody strategy and determination. The flash highlights speed of operation and emphasizes the role of combat electronic warfare on the battlefield.
 
Crest: The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.
 
Background: The coat of arms was approved on 5 Aug 1999.

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Updated 8 February 2016