Ordnance Training Detachment-Gordon (OTD-G)

Ordnance and 73d Symbolism

The Ordnance Corp Regimental  Crest

The flaming bomb with crossed  cannons is the oldest military device of the United States Army. Adopted in May  1833, it was first used by the Ordnance Department as a button. The flaming  bomb with crossed cannons was also used by the Artillery until 1834, when they  adopted their traditional crossed cannons. The flaming bomb first appeared by  itself in 1848. Before its adoption by the Army, the flaming bombOrdnance Regimental Crest  was the  insignia of the British Grenadier Guards, Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal  Engineers. Today, it represents the armament of days gone by, while the energy  it connotes is applicable to our modern weapons. The Ordnance escutcheon,  consisting of crossed cannons, the flaming bomb and a cannoneers’ belt over and  across the cannons, embossed with the words "Ordnance Department U.S.A."  was also adopted in 1833. In 1950, the wording was changed to read  "Ordnance Corps U.S.A."   The belt represents the traditional association between munitions and armament.  The white background symbolizes the peace in our motto "Armament for  Peace." On October 28, 1985, the Ordnance regimental system was approved  and the branch insignia was adopted as the Ordnance regimental crest. When  wearing this device, one wears an emblem that represents 173 years of devoted  service to the United States  Army Ordnance Corps.

Ordnance Soldier's Creed

As an Ordnance soldier of the  United States Army, I will  utilize every available talent and means to ensure that superior mobility,  firepower, and communications are advantages enjoyed by the United States  Army over its enemies. As an Ordnance soldier, I fully understand my duty to  perform under adverse conditions and I will continually strive to perfect my  craft. I will remain flexible so that I can meet any emergency. In my conduct,  I will abide by the soldier's code. In my support mission in the field, I will us every available skill to maintain Superiority. As an Ordnance soldier, I have  no greater task.

The Army Ordnance Song Arms For the Love of America

On land and on the sea  and in the air       We've got to be there,  We've got to be there.       America is  sounding her alarms       We've got to have arms,  We've got to have arms.       Arms for the love of America       They speak in a foreign  land, with weapons in every hand.       What ever they try  we've got to reply in language they understand.       Arms for the love of America       And for the love of  every mother's son       Who's depending on the  work that must be done       By the man, behind the  man, behind the gun       They're in the camps  and in the training schools       Now give them the  tools, they've got to have tools.       We called them from the  factories and farms       Now give them the arms,  They've got to have arms.       Arms for the love of America.       We've got to get in the  race, and work at a lively pace.       They say over here  we've nothing to fear but let's get ready just in case.       Arms for the love of America.       And for the love of  every mother's son.       Oh the fight for  freedom can be lost or won       By the man, behind the  man, behind the gun.

Ordnance Song - Instrumental | Vocal Ordnance Bomb

Ordnance Bomb Origin

The flaming bomb  became the Ordnance Insignia after the War of       1812. Now, as then, it symbolizes  the energy of those who wear it. It is the oldest military insignia of the  United States Army, and before its adoption by Ordnance, was the insignia of  British Grenadier Guards, Royal Engineers and Royal Horse Artillery.

73rd Ordnance Unit Crest

A gold shield blazoned with three blue swords  pointing skyward symbolizing victory. The three swords represent courage,  ingenuity, and perseverance. Below the shield, a blue scroll inscribed with the  motto "AD ALTA" in gold letters meaning " To The Heights".  Blue is for honor and gold is for courage.

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