78TH RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Or, a bushmaster viper Proper, head couped facing dexter, surmounting a hurt, all within a narrow border Black.

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

Attached below the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "78TH RECONNAISSANCE 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 bushmaster, or mute rattler, a native of Central America, is one of the few pugnacious reptiles greatly feared by man and beast. The Squadron has many characteristics similar to those of the viper. A bushmaster lies quietly waiting, attacking its adversary quickly and effectively by complete surprise. Similarly, the unit without warning may deal a deadly blow from protecting clouds or from out of the sun. Often, the Bushmaster stalks its prey, seeks it out from hiding, or pursues it relentlessly and upon contact, gives battle that is ended only in victory or death. Likewise, this unit searches out, attacks and destroys its enemy. The bushmaster is always prepared, it is keenly alert, relentless in pursuit, most dangerous in battle and knows no fear.






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