AF SPECIAL OPERATIONS TRAINING CENTER
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

Per bend Smoke and Silver Gray, a bend Azure, bordered by flashes Or, between in sinister chief a hurt within an annulet Argent, bearing a mullet of the last, charged with a torteau and in dexter base a lamp of the fourth, flamed Gules; all within a diminished bordure Or.

Attached below the shield, a White scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "AF SPECIAL OPERATIONS TRAINING CTR" 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 lightning bolts and diagonal bend signify the electronic continuum and link between the battlefield Airmen and air power. The General Hap Arnold star is a symbol that marks the origin of the Army Air Corps and early Air Commandos. It also represents the special operations origins in the European Theater during WWI and the link to the clandestine missions flown under codename "Operation Carpetbagger." The mission of AFSOC Training Center is to turn Airmen into Air Commandos. The lamp and flame are recognized symbols of knowledge and military wisdom, which are key characteristics of the training center. All elements combined symbolize the Training Center's mission to train and educate special operations airmen. It pays homage to the Special Missions Operational Test and Evaluation Center (SMOTEC), a former AFSOC group-equivalent organization de-activated in the 1990's. The emblem is also a tribute to the origins of special operations and Air Commandos during WWII.






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