345TH AIRLIFT SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, in chief an open parachute Argent, suspension lines with attached harness and a silhouette of an artillery weapon Sable, superimposed by a stylized Golden Eagle sinisterwise to dexter Or grasping in its talons, a pellet bearing a plate with cross Gules, within a demi-border of the last, all within a narrow border Black.

Attached above the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "ACCEDERE TOTALITER" in Black letters.

Attached below the disc, a White scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "345TH AIRLIFT SQ" in Black 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 Squadron's mission. The Golden Eagle is a deadly, tenacious, fearless bird of prey and symbolizes the aggressive fighting spirit of the unit. The parachute with field piece, the wheel and the red cross signify respectively the three phases of the Troop Carrier Operation, i.e., Air Drop, Air Landing and Aero-Medical Evacuation. The sky denotes where the mission is performed and sincerity of purpose, the inner border represents bravery and courage, the parachute symbolizes faith and purity and the Golden Eagle signifies honor and loyalty. The circular design of the emblem symbolizes undivided, never ending courage and devotion in the performance of all assigned tasks. The Latin motto, "ACCEDERE TOTALITER," translates to "COMPLETE COMPLIANCE IN ALL THINGS," in English.






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