FSB Unit Crest History

In 1969, the army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at St. John's University adopted a portion of the University crest as the design for its distinctive institutional insignia. The medallion, a radiant gold sun on a black shield surrounded with Latin inscription "Induamur Arma Lucis," became a part of the official uniform insignia for all ROTC cadets at St. John's University. 

The medallion, with its inscription which means "Put on the armor of Light, " was approved by the Department of the Army's Institute of Heraldry, the division which ensures that all military decorations meet certain standards of design, originality, and historical accuracy.

The phrase "Put on the Armor of Light" comes from St. Paul's letters to the Romans (13:12) in the New Testament. Paul exhorts the Romans to disavow immorality, adopt the teachings of Jesus Christ, and share in the mutual enlightenment of the worship of God and the fellowship of man.

Father Walter Reger, O.S.B., a former dean of the college, and Father Angelo Zankl, O.S.B., developed the design and adopted the phrase for the university crest over 60 years ago. The insignia, containing both the sun, a symbol of academic enlightenment, and the shield, a symbol of military science is especially appropriate for both disciplines.