3D AIRLIFT SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, issuing from dexter a sun Or, gridlined of the first surmounting and arcing its edge a lightning bolt Argent, in chief three mullets diminished aligning to the fourth mullet "Sirius" all of the last, over all a crown Gold Brown, spiked, guarded velvet Gules, garnished of the first, studded with three pearls of the third, all within a narrow border Blue.

Attached above the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Blue border and inscribed "SAFE SWIFT SURE" in Blue letters.

Attached below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Blue border and inscribed "3D AIRLIFT SQ" in Blue 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 is symbolic of the unit and its mission. The golden crown is a symbol of prestige and indicates the Squadron is traditionally dependable. The deep blue sky, golden sun, and lightning indicate around-the-clock operations in any kind of weather. The radials of the sun correspond to the meridians of the globe to indicate worldwide coverage of the unit's mission. The lightning bolt, derived from the former Strategic Air Command (SAC) emblem, indicates that the unit's primary mission is preparedness for any emergency and the support of Air Mobility Command (AMC) in any such situation. The three smaller stars represent the 3rd AS and are shown as the three stars in the northern sky known as "Orion's Belt." These stars are the pointer system used to locate "Sirius," the brightest star in the heavens. "Sirius," then, represents the Squadron, the brightest star in the AMC.






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