11th Aviation Regiment, US Army

11TH AVIATION REGIMENT, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 11th Aviation Regiment, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Azure, between and issuing from two wings conjoined and elevated two spears palewise Argent.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Azure, two swords salterwise Or, hilts Gules, superimposed on a group of five bamboo plants proper, overall an arrowhead point down Argent charged with a broad arrow, also point down Gules.
Motto: EXEMPLA PROPONERE (To Set Forth Examples).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver colored metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of two silver vertical spears between two silver wings on a blue field, all above a silver scroll inscribed "EXEMPLA PROPONERE" in blue.

Origin/meaning

Coat of Arms: Ultramarine blue is the primary color associated with aviation and is symbolic of the sky. Additionally, the silver wings allude to combat readiness and also simulate the numeral "11," the designation of the unit. Crest: Yellow, green and red recall the United States Army Vietnam Campaign streamer and combat service in that country. The bamboo is reminiscent of the United States Army Vietnam Campaign Medal. The unit received five Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry. The swords are adapted from that award and are crossed to represent strength in military preparedness. The arrowheads symbolize battle action and denote the Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The bamboo, indicative of Vietnam, also signifies the unit’s several Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medals awarded the unit.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The blue field refers to the sky while the silver wings are symbolic of Aviation. The two silver spears allude to combat readiness and also simulate the numeral "11," the designation of the unit.

The arms were originally authorized on 17 November 1987. It was amended on 20 December 1988 to add the crest. On 24 April 1991 the coat of arms was amended to correct the blazon of the crest. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 11th Combat Aviation Battalion on 3 August 1967. It was redesignated for the 11th Aviation Regiment on 17 November 1987.

Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army


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