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. As the Phoenix symbolizes rebirth and a continuous rising from the ashes, so has the Squadron risen numerous times. Beginning as a troop carrier squadron flying cargo gliders in 1942, the unit has flown C-47, C-46, C-119, C-130 and KC-135 aircraft. The proud tradition of not remaining dormant long most recently occurred on 2 October 2009 when the unit stood up as a KC-135 active associate unit of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, NH. The unit now stands ready with New Hampshire Air National Guard forces to defend America. The fire demonstrates the unit's willingness to bear any burden to succeed. The lightning bolt grasped by the Phoenix's left talon symbolizes the Squadron's ability to unleash or harness the power contained within its operations, maintenance and support personnel. Lightning strikes swiftly and is always ahead of the cacophony of thunder, so the 64th Air Refueling Squadron leads the way for the forces that it supports. The olive branch held in the right talon of the Phoenix represents the unit's ability to foster peace through strength. The olive branch can be extended by opening the talon or remain within the Phoenix's grasp, depending on the requirements of the civilian and military leadership.