229TH ENGINEER BATTALION

229th Engineer Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia

207th Military Intelligence Brigade Coat of Arms

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height, consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a tower Argent charged with two poleaxes saltirewise Sable surmounted by a fireball of the like flamant of the first, on a canton of the like fimbriated of the second a saltire Azure, also fimbriated of the second, overall a fleur-de-lis Or. Attached below, a scroll Sable doubled and inscribed "SAPPERS LEAD" Argent.
   
         Symbolism: Scarlet and white are the branch colors of the Engineer Corps. The castle tower, a symbol of fortification and strength, is reminiscent of the Engineer Corps Branch insignia. The poleaxes symbolize the unit's mission of combat readiness and construction of bridges and forts. The fireball characterizes the military engineer's mission to handle explosives and mines. The four flames, pointing to the major geographical directions, emphasize the capacity of the Engineers to mobilize quickly, if needed, to all points of the globe. The canton, an allusion to the Confederate flag, honors the unit's campaign participation credits for Confederate service in the Civil War; the fleur-de-lis commemorates World War I and World War II service in Northern Europe and France.
   
         Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 1 July 1986.

Coat of Arms.
   
         Blazon:
   
                 Shield: Gules, a tower Argent charged with two poleaxes saltirewise Sable surmounted by a fireball of the like flamant Proper; on a canton of the first fimbriated of the second a saltire Azure also fimbriated of the second, overall with a fleur-de-lis Or.
   
                 Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Virginia Army National Guard: On a wreath Argent and Gules, "Virtus the genius of the Commonwealth dressed as an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand and holding a sword in the other; and treading on Tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown falling from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right" all Proper.
   
                 Motto: SAPPERS LEAD.
   
         Symbolism:
   
                 Shield: Scarlet and white are the branch colors of the Engineer Corps. The castle tower, a symbol of fortification and strength, is reminiscent of the Engineer Corps Branch insignia. The poleaxes symbolize the unit's mission of combat readiness and construction of bridges and forts. The fireball characterizes the military engineer's mission to handle explosives and mines. The four flames, pointing to the major geographical directions, emphasize the capacity of the Engineers to mobilize quickly, if needed, to all points of the globe. The canton, an allusion to the Confederate flag, honors the unit's campaign participation credits for Confederate service in the Civil War; the fleur-de-lis commemorates World War I and World War II service in Northern Europe and France.
   
                 Crest: The crest is that of the Virginia Army National Guard.
   
                 Background: The coat of arms was approved effective 1 July 1986.