563D MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
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Emblem


Description/Blazon

On a disc Azure, an Enfield Proper, eyed Gules, in sinister chief a polestar Or, in dexter base a deployed parachute Argent, garnished of the second, all within a narrow border Yellow.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "563D MAINTENANCE SQUADRON" 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 Enfield, a hybrid animal from Northern European mythology, who protected fallen chieftains until proper burial [with the head of a fox, chest of a greyhound, talons of an eagle, body of a lion, and hind legs and tail of a wolf] represents the global support provided to the unit's rescue warriors. The open parachute represents both distressed airmen and the unit's pararescue support capability. The polestar represents the scope and capabilities of the unit and its command.






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