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U.S. Air Force Symbol

U.S. Air Force Medallion
  • First Year of Use: 2004
  • Designed By: US Air Force and unnamed commercial company
  • Design: The upper portion of the symbol features stylized blue wings. The wings are divided into six sections and are very angular in design. The lower half of the symbol features a blue circle and three blue diamonds. The white space between the circle, diamonds, and wings forms a five-point star.

History

The Official Symbol of the U.S. Air Force

Compared to other U.S. military symbols, The Official Symbol of the U.S. Air Force was created relatively recently. In the 1990's, the senior leadership of the Air Force recognized that an official symbol was needed in order to encourage youths to join, encourage airmen to stay in the force, and to create an appreciation and support for the U.S. Air Force. A commercial company was contracted to research and develop a new and different symbol. I long study was conducted by this company, who traveled all throughout the Air Force and major US cities to become familiar with the culture and heritage of the Air Force. Finally, in 1999, the final draft of the symbol was presented to and approved by the Air Force. In 2000 a trademark registration was filled out for the symbol, and May of 2004 the US Air Force Chief of Staff designated the symbol as the "Official Symbol of the Air Force".

Symbolism

The design of the Official Symbol of the U.S. Air Force has a great deal of symbolism hidden within it. The wings symbolize strength, and are divided into six sections to represent six distinct capabilities of the Air Force: air and space superiority, global attack, rapid global mobility, precision engagement, information superiority, and agile combat support. The circle that is in the middle of the state symbolizes the earth and the Air Force's promise to work for "Global Vigilance". The five-point star symbolizes outer space and the Air Force's part in our nation's space force. And finally, the three diamonds represent the core values of the Air Force: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in "all we do".