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 548th SUPPORT BATTALION
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT

548th Support Battalion Distinguished Unit InsigniaConstituted 23 February 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 548th Quartermaster Service Battalion.

Activated 25 May 1943 at Camp Ellis, Illinois.

Battalion broken up 20 September 1943 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows:

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 548th Quartermaster Battalion

(Companies A, B, C, and D as the 3184th, 3185th, 3186th, and 3187th Quartermaster Service Companies, respectively - hereafter separate lineages)

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 548th Quartermaster Battalion, inactivated 28 September 1945 at Camp Anza, California.

Redesignated 10 January 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 548th Supply and Service Battalion, and allotted to the Regular Army.

Activated 25 March 1967 at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Reorganized and redesignated 16 November 1981 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 548th Supply and Service Battalion.

Reorganized and redesignated 16 November 1993 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 548th Support Battalion.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War II
Northern France
Rhineland
Central Europe

Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Cease-Fire

DECORATIONS

Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Streamer embroidered RESTORE HOPE

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA

DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA
(Unit Crest)

548th Support Battalion Distinguished Unit InsigniaDESCRIPTION

On a gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall, the top curving and forming an apex, a horizontal unsheathed gold sword, point to the left and surmounting a light blue five pointed star, supported by two green branches of mountain ash, the ends crossed in base all above a gold scroll bearing the motto "SUPPORTING THE SWORD" in black letters.

SYMBOLISM

The sword, a symbol of the combat arm, supported by the branches of the mountain ash, commonly known as the service tree, alludes to the support element of the organization and symbolizes the myriad activities within the support organization.  The star refers to supply activities.

Originally authorized for the 548th Supply and Services Battalion, 7 July 1967.  Redesignated effective 16 November 1993 for the 548th Support Battalion.

COAT OF ARMS
(Displayed on Battalion Flag)

548th Corps Support Battalion Coat of ArmsBLAZON

BLAZON

SHIELD: Buff, on a wreath of mountain ash Proper a mullet Celeste, overall a sword fesswise point to dexter Or.

CREST: From a wreath Or and Celeste a mural crown Gules mortared Sable superimposed by a fleur-de-lis Azure surmounted by two scimitars saltirewise of the first.

SYMBOLISM

SHIELD: Buff is the traditionally associated with Support units.  The wreath of mountain ash, commonly known as the service tree, alludes to the many activities comprising the unit's mission and is a symbol of honor and achievement. The star refers to multifunctional support.  The sword represents military preparedness. Green and blue denote growth and integrity.  Gold stands for excellence.

CREST: The fleur-de-lis refers to campaign participation credit in Northern France during World War II.  The mural crown, recalling a fortification, alludes to the Rhineland and Central Europe, where the unit participated in two further campaigns.  Scarlet denotes courage and valor.  The scimitars are crossed to reflect support and commemorate the unit's campaign service in Southwest Asia.

MOTTO: SUPPORTING THE SWORD

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