2D SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, above in base a demi-sun Or, two bayonets in saltire, points up, blades Argent, grip, hand guard and pommel of the second, between the bayonet points two mullets of the like, over all a stylized scorpion Sable, detailed of the third, eyed Gules; all within a narrow Yellow border.

Above the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Blue border and inscribed "SEMPER VIGILANS" in Blue letters

Below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Blue border and inscribed "2D SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQ" in Blue letters.


Symbolism

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The 2nd SOS traces its lineage to the 2nd Balloon Company of WWI. "Semper Vigilans" ("Always Vigilant") was the unit's original motto and reflects both the heritage and readiness of the 2nd SOS. The 2nd Balloon Company was activated in time of conflict. Each star on the original WWI insignia represented unit involvement in a major campaign or combat operation; likewise, the 2nd SOS was activated to conduct operations in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The two stars on the Squadron's emblem signify involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The scorpion characterizes the airborne mission capabilities of the unit. It is a predatory animal known for its ability to conceal itself and strike rapidly with deadly results. The tail and stinger represent reach and lethal power. The pedipalps (claws) are covered with sensory setae that detect airborne vibration and signify intelligence gathering and collection. The eyes atop the head symbolize the ability to see in the night and conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The commando dagger, with its double-edged blade, symbolizes the versatility, assuredness and balanced war-fighting capability of Air Force Special Operations. The two crossed commando daggers represent the Squadron's ability to coordinate strikes, conduct joint special operations and build partnerships with other Service components.






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