31ST SURGICAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, throughout a globe voided to the field, gridlined Sable, issuant from base flames Gules, crested Or, overall a winged Staff of Aesculapius Argent, the encoiled snake of the fourth, eyed of the third, all within a narrow border Black.

Attached above the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "A CUT ABOVE THE REST" in Black letters.

Attached below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "31ST SURGICAL OPERATIONS SQ" 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 globe represents the unit's efforts to keep service members healthy for the fulfillment of the Air Force global mission. The Staff of Aesculapius, consisting of a rod with a snake entwined around it, symbolizes the ancient art of medicine. The wings represent the speed associated with Mercury, the messenger god, and emphasize the unit's membership in the Air Force. The flame embodies the passionate devotion of the unit to the cause of healing Air Force warriors. The motto, "A CUT ABOVE THE REST," denotes the unit's guiding principles.






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