Heraldry and Insignia of the California State Military Forces
980th Quartermaster Battalion (Fifth California)
 
Distinctive Unit Insignia
 
Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess wavy Buff and Celeste three swords palewise in fess points up to dexter, two keys wards up saltirewise to sinister Or; in chief a demi-sphere Azure (Ultramarine Blue) charged with a demi-sunburst of nine points of the first. Attached below the device a Gold motto scroll inscribed “SERVICIO APOYO VICTORIA” in Ultramarine Blue letters.
 
Symbolism: The color buff (gold) traditionally represents the Quartermaster branch. The burst of nine rays refers to the nine classes of supply the Battalion supports and recalls unit origins in San Jose, California. Light blue refers to Infantry, ultramarine blue alludes to the ocean and unit location. The swords denote combat readiness on land, sea and in the air, the keys signify the logistical missions of Service and Support and their interdependence. The motto, in Spanish, recognizes the large Hispanic presence within the Battalion and region of San Jose. Gold denotes excellence and achievement.
 
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 June 2004.
 
Coat of Arms
 
Blazon:
Shield: Per fess wavy Buff and Celeste three swords palewise in fess points up to dexter, two keys wards up saltirewise Or; in chief a demi-sphere Azure (Ultramarine Blue) charged with a demi-sunburst of nine points of the first.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Celeste, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
Motto: SERVICIO APOYO VICTORIA (Service Support Victory).
 
Symbolism:
Shield: The color buff (gold) traditionally represents the Quartermaster branch. The burst of nine rays refers to the nine classes of supply the Battalion supports and recalls unit origins in San Jose, California. Light blue refers to Infantry, ultramarine blue alludes to the ocean and unit location. The swords denote combat readiness on land, sea and in the air, the keys signify the logistical missions of Service and Support and their interdependence. The motto, in Spanish, recognizes the large Hispanic presence within the Battalion and region of San Jose. Gold denotes excellence and achievement.
Crest: The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.
Background: The coat of arms was approved on 4 June 2004. It was amended to correct the English translation of the motto on 12 October 2004.
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