Heraldry and Insignia of the California
749th Maintenance Battalion
749th Ordnance Battalion
749th Service Battalion
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78cm) in
height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Or, on a fess
abased Gules (Crimson) over a pale of the like a spanner fesswise
of the first. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed
"QUITAR FIJAR Y REPONER" (Remove Repair Replace) in
Symbolism: Crimson and yellow are used for
the Ordnance, the unit's former designation. The bands represent
Alameda ("public walk" in Spanish) the unit's original
home. The spanner is for ordnance.
Background: The distinctive unit insignia
was originally authorized for the 749th Ordnance Battalion, California
National Guard on 14 Aug 1957. It was redesignated for the 749th
Maintenance Battalion on 26 Jun 1986. On 23 Mar 1973, the insignia
was redesignated for the 749th Support Battalion. The distinctive
unit insignia was redesignated for the 749th Maintenance Battalion
on 30 Sept 1980, with description and symbolism revised.
Motto: QUITAR, FIJAR Y REPONER (Remove,
Repair and Replace)
Date Approved: 14 August 1957
Shield: Or, on a shield fess abased Gules
(Crimson) over a pale of the like a spanner fesswise of the first.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate
battalions of the California National Guard: From a wreath of
the colors Or and Gules (Crimson), the setting sun behind a grizzly
bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
Motto: QUITAR FIJAR Y REPONER, (Remove,
Shield: Crimson and yellow are the colors
of the Ordnance Corps, the former designation of the unit. The
intersecting bands refer to Alameda, the Spanish word for public
walk, and denote the battalion's home area. The spanner, a tool
used for adjusting a wheel-lock musket, represents Ordnance.
Crest: The crest is that of the California
Army National Guard.
Background: The coat of arms was originally
approved for the 749th Ordnance Battalion, California Army National
Guard on 14 Aug 1957. It was cancelled on 26 Jun 1968. On 10
Jan 1997, the coat of arms was reinstated and redesignated for
the 749th Maintenance Battalion, California Army National Guard.