17th Special Tactics Squadron
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Emblem


Blazon

Per pale Sable and Azure an escutcheon blazoned: Argent (Silver Gray) three conjoined bendlets sinister Azure, Gules and Vert; below in chief a fleur-de-lis Or emitting two lightning flashes chevronwise Silver Gray overall a dagger palewise Sable, all within a narrow border Black.

Attached above the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed “EX ID AER PRO ID TERRA” in Black letters.

Attached below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed “17th SPECIAL TACTICS SQUADRON” in Black letters.


Significance

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 divided background suggests day and night operations. The shield denotes protection provided by the integration of Army and Air Force units as represented by the green and blue stripes on the shield. The red stripe reflects the fire power of the combined forces. The fleur-de-lis stands for weather flight operations. The dagger symbolizes Ranger operations, and the lightning flashes indicate the Squadron’s quick striking power. The Latin motto, “EX ID AER PRO ID TERRA,” translates to “Of the Air for the Ground” in English.






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