33D SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, a gryphon clawed foot from sinister Proper, all within a narrow border Yellow.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "VIGILANTIA FIDA VELOX IUSTITIA" in Yellow letters.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "33D SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQ" in Yellow 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 gryphon is a legendary guardian with the body of a lion (King of Beasts) and the head, wings and claws of an eagle (King of Birds). The gryphon soars effortlessly and gracefully at high altitudes searching for enemies and guarding its lair, using its claws to attack and kill any and all threats. The Latin motto, "Vigilantia Fida Velox Iustitia," translates to "Always Vigilant, Instant Justice" in English. The gryphon's claws and the motto combine to symbolize the Squadron's mission-soaring above the battlefield, ever vigilant for threats which are instantly removed upon discovery.






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