8TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, a bezant bearing a stylized blackbird bendwise sinister, head to base body Sable, wings Argent, fimbriated of the second; all within a narrow border Black.

Attached above the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "BLACKBIRDS" in Black letters.

Attached below the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "8 SOS" in Black 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 stylized blackbird conveys movement and flight. The flight direction is indicative of the Squadron's low-level mission. The body of the stylized blackbird reinforces the unit's unconventional warfare role and operations during darkness. The wings symbolize the Squadron's unique CV-22 mission and the twin proprotors of the Osprey's tilt rotor design.






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