88TH SURGICAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Silver Gray, above in base a pair of scalpels crossed at the base Sable, a shield Azure, fimbriated of the second, charged with a cross couped Gules, surmounted by a Rod of Aesculapius of the second, serpent Argent, langued of the fourth, eyed of the second, all within a narrow border Yellow.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "88TH SURGICAL OPERATIONS SQ" in Yellow letters.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "MANUS PERITA CHALYBS ACCURATUS" 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 shield alludes to the protection and safety the unit provides its patients. The cross represents the Squadron's core mission and competency as medics and signifies the duality of the unit's health profession and military mobility commitment. The Rod of Aesculapius symbolizes the unit's primary mission to provide care to the sick and injured. Crossed scalpels signify the cutting edge surgical capability of the unit and its determination to maintain professional growth. The Latin motto, "MANUS PERITA CHALYBS ACCURATUS," translates in English to "Skilled Hands, Precision Steel."








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