1ST SPECIAL OPERATIONS AEROSPACE MEDICINE SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc as a globe per pale Azure and Sable, gridlined Or, per pale overall a dagger Argent (Silver Gray), hilted of the third, the pommel terminating in a Greek cross Gules, entwined by a stylized serpent Vert, eyed of the third and pupil of the second; all within a narrow border Or.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "DEFENDO SALUS AD VITAM" in Yellow letters.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "SOAMDS" 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 globe indicates the world-wide reach of the unit. The division of the globe into night and day hemispheres depicts service at all hours. The dagger represents the Air Force Special Operations Command. The Greek cross, also known as the "crux immissa quadrata," represents urgent medical care. The cross combined with the dagger signifies medical support of the military units. The serpent entwined around the dagger is a reference to the Rod of Aesculapius, the ancient Greek symbol associated with the healing aspect of the medical arts. The motto, "DEFENDO SALUS AD VITAM," means "DEFENDING HEALTH FOR LIFE."






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