45TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, an owl affronté Gules, breasted and seven clawed Or, perched upon a cloud Argent, his eyes of the same, bloodshot of the second, iris of the first, pupils Sable, voided of the fourth, emitting from the eyes two lightning bolts descending to dexter and sinister base of the third, all within a narrow border Yellow.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "SCIMUS UT VINCAMUS" in Yellow letters.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "45TH INTELLIGENCE 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 emblem has historic significance related to the unit's predecessor, the 15th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron. The owl is the wisest of all birds of prey and represents the unit's ability to provide superior intelligence to military leaders and decision makers as they hunt down our nation's adversaries in both daylight and darkness. The owl is firmly perched on a white cloud, signifying its sovereignty in the Air Force domain. The owl's bloodshot eyes demonstrate relentlessness and determination in support of combat operations around the clock. The lightning bolts emanating downward from the eyes symbolize near real time speed and mastery of the electromagnetic spectrum collecting and disseminating intelligence around the globe. The seven claws of the owl represent the seven continents of the earth, illustrating the global reach of the units' intelligence enterprise. The Latin motto, "SCIMUS UT VINCAMUS," translates to "We Know So That We May Conquer" in English.









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