380TH SPACE CONTROL SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Celeste, a triangle inverted Azure, fimbriated Or, charged with a white-tailed eagle displayed Proper grasping in its talons a bomb Vert, detailed of the third, in base seven mullets in chevron reversed to nombril point of the last, all within a narrow bordure Yellow.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "FORTE FORTUNA JUVA" in Yellow letters.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "380TH SPACE CONTROL 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. Reminiscent of the World War ll-era shield of the 12th Air Force, to which the 380th belonged during that conflict, the inverted triangle symbolizes the global scale of Air Force capabilities, while emphasizing the necessity to deliver combat effects to every level of warfare, from strategic to tactical. Symbolic of those effects is the white-tailed eagle grasping a bomb in its talons. Native to the western coast of Scotland, the white-tailed eagle, a relative of the American bald eagle, was the first sign of land and safety to 380th crews flying their B-25 aircraft from America to Europe via the hazardous Northern Ferry Route at the outset of World War ll. Today, that eagle also serves specifically as a symbol of American air power projection around the world. Closely aligned with the eagle are seven stars in a rough inverted chevron, the point of which is centered on the bomb. Reminiscent of a 6-ship B-25 combat ''box'' with a lead ''Pathfinder'' aircraft, the stars symbolize the modern Air Force's tightly integrated air and space capabilities. The Mediterranean blue disc, coupled with its Air Force yellow border, reflect the unit's World War ll-era yellow-over-light blue aircraft tail markings and serve as a constant reminder of the 380th Airmen who gave their lives defending America and her freedoms during World War ll and the Cold War. The Squadron's motto, ''FORTE FORTUNA JUVA,'' translates to ''FORTUNE FAVOR THE STRONG'' or ''FORTUNE FAVOR THE BRAVE.''






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