KY National Guard History eMuseum

Crests of the Kentucky Army National Guard

A display of current and historical crests (Distinctive Unit Inisignias) of the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Headquarters State Area Command


The two clasped hands are from the crest for Army National Guard units of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, known as the Bluegrass State. The hands, symbolizing the state motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall," additionally refer to the state's courageous fighting forces united for victory. The blue background is from the state flag. The fifteen stars in staggered rows of three stars each refer to Kentucky, the fifteenth state admitted to the Union, and a historic arrangement of the stars on the 1795 national flag of the U.S.


Design approved: 14 April 1971.

1st & 2nd Battalion 123rd Armor
123rd Armor Crest
123rd Armor

Blue commemorates the initial formation in 1846 as the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Mexican War service is represented by the cactus and snake from the Mexican flag. Civil War service is represented by the white saltire cross voided blue from the Confederate flag. Service during World War I is represented by the ermine chief from the arms of Brittany and Nantes.

MOTTO: "ESTO PERPETUA" (May She Endure Forever).

Design approved: 10 December 1925.

103rd Forward Support Battalion
103rd FSB Crest
103rd FSB 

The crossed arms of a statesman and a pioneer refer to the figures on the seal of Kentucky, the unit's home state, and their position reflects the basic mission of support. The blue field refers to the Pacific area, where the battalion participated in the World War II campaigns of New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon, represented by the three stars. The sea lion and scarlet triangle are adapted from the first seal of the President of the Philippines, indicating an award of the Philippine Presidential Unit Cit ation, and the scarlet scroll denotes the streamer of the Meritorious Unit Commendation received for service on Luzon.


Design approved: 12 October 1971.

149th Armor Brigade
149th Armor Brigade
149th Armor

The hand in gauntlet represents the striking power of the armored unit. The color blue on the gauntlet cuff refers to the unit's infantry heritage and the three segments to the World War II campaigns in which the unit participated.


Design approved: 2 February 1971.

2nd Battalion 138th Field Artillery
2nd of 138th FA Crest
2nd of 138th

The mullets represent four wars the unit participated in: Mexican, Civil, Spanish, and World War I. The blue of the chief is symbolic of the unit's history as infantry. The cardinal is for Kentucky.

MOTTO: "ARMA PARATO FERO" (I Carry Arms In Readiness).

Design approved: 4 August 1934.

138th Field Artillery Brigade
138th FA Brigade Crest
138th Brigade

The gunner's quadrant and cannon are symbolic of control and direction. The blue grass is for Kentucky's Lexington area, the unit's homestation.


Design approved: 8 June 1971.

1st Battalion 623rd Feild Artillery
1st Battalion 623rd FA Crest
623rd FA

The field of the shield is red with fleurs-de-lis for the 106th AAA AW Battalion's service and many battle honors awarded in World War II as artillery. The two blue pallets are for service as infantry in the Spanish-American War and World War I; credit for which came from the consolidation in 1921 of this unit with the 138th Machine Gun Battalion (formerly the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment Infantry). The Mexican and Civil Wars are represented by the chief. The chief is yellow for cavalry. The saltire is gray for Confederate service. The cactus is for Mexican War service.


Design approved: 1 May 1952.

201st Engineer Battalion
201st EN BN
201st EN 

The Battalion is descended from the 4th Battalion of Infantry organized in 1882 and broken up and consolidated in 1917 to form the 149th Infantry. The design reflects the history of the 242nd Tank Battalion, the former 2nd Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment. Mexican War service is symbolized by the cactus and snake from the Mexican flag. Civil War service is represented by the saltire. The chief is adapted from the ermine in the arms of both Brittany and Nantes, where the unit saw service in World War I.

MOTTO: "LIBERTATIS CUSTODES" (Guardians Of Liberty).

Design approved: 6 July 1956.

206th Engineer Battalion
206th EN BN
206th EN

The rifle and powderhorn represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Army National Guard. The rifle also refers to accuracy and military preparedness. The bridge refers to the engineer's mission and capabilities to overcome all obstacles. The cogwheel refers to mobility, mechanization, and technical expertise of the modern engineer battalion. Thirteen teeth on the wheel recall the original thirteen states of the Union and the principles and ideals that the Battalion uphold and are prepar ed to defend.

MOTTO: "PER EXCELLENTIAM LIBERTAS" (Liberty Through Excellance).

Design approved: 26 September 1988.

1st Battalion 149th Infantry
1st 149th Crest
1-149th Crest

The cactus and serpent, from the flag of Mexico, shows service in the Mexican War. The Philippine sun refers to service in the Pacific, World War II, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.


Design approved: 10 April 1967.

198th Military Police Battalion
198th MP Crest
198th MP BN

The fasces, an ancient badge of authority used by Roman magistrates, symbolizes the enforcement of law and order and the maintenance of high disciplinary standards, the basic mission of the organization. The arrowhead and the colors blue, white, and red of the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation commemorate the unit's service as an artillery organization in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Yellow and red are colors of the national flag of South Vietnam and refer to service in that country.


Design approved: 21 May 1976.

63rd Aviation Brigade
63rd Avn
63rd Avn

Blue is the color traditionally associated with the Aviation units. The shield represents defense. The arrowhead signifies readiness; pointing up, indicates the spirit of the aviation mission. The Pegasus symbolized the Brigade's mission of flight, alluding to the unit's location, Kentucky, the horse capital of the world. The stars suggest constancy; the two rows of stars, six and three, alluded to the number "63," the Brigade's designation.

MOTO: "Unbridled Thunder"

Design approved: 30 August 2007.

Previously Authorized Crest

Old 63rd Avn Crest
Old 63rd Avn

Ultramarine blue is the color traditionally used by aviation units, while the light blue represents the sky and the unit's theater of operations. The Pegasus refers to the group's home and heritage as well as its mission and capabilities.

MOTO: "Surpass the Standard"

Design approved: 27 July 1995.


Last Updated 6/11/2008