The Unit Crest, or Distinctive Unit Insignia
, for the 10th Mountain Division is replete with symbolism. In the background, a white mountain symbolizes the unit’s combat in the Northern Apennines in Italy, as well as lofty, noble aspirations; the blue wave denotes the waters of the Po River. Crossed swords historically indicate combat, but here they also form the Roman numeral X for the division’s numerical designation; their scarlet color represents both danger and the courage required to face it. (The same crossed swords are found in the unit’s CSIB, or Combat Service Identification Badge
.) Appropriately, the motto “Climb to Glory” is found at the top, or peak, of the insignia.