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U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), emblem U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), emblem

Sable a hurt fimbriated Argent charged with a mullet of the like pierced Gules above and between a dagger, handle Or blade Argent winged of the like (Silver Gray), all within a diminished bordure Yellow.
Attached below the shield, a White scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND" 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 black background symbolizes the night, the time when the Command conducts its operations. The winged dagger represents military preparedness and swift and silent mobilization of forces. The blue disc with star suggests the heritage of Air Force Special Operations.

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U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron, emblem U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron, emblem

On a disc Azure, a jackal couped at the neck transverse Sable, langued Gules, armed Silver Gray and Argent, eyed Vert, three polestars, one in dexter, one in chief, one in sinister base of the fifth, all within a narrow border Yellow.
Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “17TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQ” in Yellow letters.
Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “NO MISSION TOO DEMANDING“ 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 fierce jackal reflects the fighting spirit and relentless and determined pursuit of goals. The jackal’s nocturnal nature represents the Squadron’s covert mission, normally conducted under the cloak of darkness. The stars represent operations, maintenance and support components of the unit.

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U.S. Air Force 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, emblem U.S. Air Force 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, emblem

On a disc Or, a sword erect Silver Gray, hand guard and pommel Sable, grip Argent, detailed of the third, charged with a lightning flash bend sinisterwise of the fourth, fimbriated of the third, overall a helm facing sinister Azure, detailed of the first, all within a narrow border Blue.
Attached below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Blue border and inscribed “352D SPECIAL OPS SUPPORT 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 helm and sword represent the flying units of the group and denote their training and mission to defend peace. The lightning flash symbolizes the swiftness of the Squadron personnel in performing their duties in support of that mission.

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U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, emblem U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, emblem

On a disc Sable, an annulet Argent charged with a disc per pale Gules and Azure, between in dexter a top hat inverted of the first, voided of the field, detailed Or and in sinister a crystal ball of the last, detailed of the second, supported by two arcs reversed of the third, a pile reversed of the first, charged with a sword point to base blade Silver Gray, hilt of the fifth, all within a narrow border Yellow.
Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “MAINTENANCE MAGIC" in Yellow letters.
Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “353 SOMXS” 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 two sides of the sword blade represent the intuition and cutting edge of the logistical and maintenance personnel of the Squadron. The crystal ball symbolizes the highest value of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s vision of the future. The top hat exemplifies sophistication, the magician-like spirit of the maintainer performing his mission in the U.S. Air Force.

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U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron, emblem U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron, emblem

On a disc Azure, on a demi-globe issuant from base Argent, gridlined Sable, a roadrunner bird reguardant Proper, grasping in its beak a lance bendwise shafted barry Or and of the third, head of the fourth, all within a narrow border Black.
Attached above the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "PREPARE THE WAY" in Black letters.
Attached below the disc, a Yellow scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "353 SOSS" 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 swift and agile roadrunner bird represents the abilities of the Squadron to prepare mission plans, to operate as a deployed combat staff, and to deploy and mobilize forces worldwide, as depicted by the globe. The reguardant posture of the bird reflects the unit’s thoroughness in maintaining the forces that it supports. The warrior’s spear symbolizes the special operations functions supported by the Squadron during combat operations.

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U.S. Air Force 522nd Special Operations Squadron, emblem U.S. Air Force 522nd Special Operations Squadron, emblem

On a disc Azure, fimbriated Argent, a thunderhead cloud formation of the last, surmounted by a fireball Proper transverse bend sinister wise throughout, all within a narrow border Black.
Attached below the disc, a Red scroll edged with a narrow Black border and inscribed "522D SPECIAL OPS 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 fireball rocketing down from the sky represents the unit’s ability to arrive on target--any time, any place. The fireball colors of red, orange and yellow flames signify the boldness, determination and versatility required to accomplish the mission. The streaming fireball tails descending in unison symbolize the unit’s ability to closely integrate with joint and coalition partners.

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U.S. Air Force 5th Special Operations Squadron, emblem
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U.S. Air Force 5th Special Operations Squadron, emblem

On a disc tierced in pale Argent, bearing the center portion of a flight symbol Sable charged with a lightning flash Or and in base five billets chevronwise one, two, and two Celeste, the dexter side Gules bearing the dexter tip of the flight symbol of the first and the sinister side Azure bearing the sinister tip of the flight symbol of the first, all within a narrow border Yellow.
Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “COMBAT SHADOW” in Yellow letters.
Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed “5TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQ” 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 delta signifies the air mission, showing both day and night operations. The lightning flash symbolizes speed. The billets describe communications leaflets, a reference to psychological warfare, while their number alludes to the unit’s numerical designation.

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U.S. Air Force 6th Special Operations Squadron, emblem
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U.S. Air Force 6th Special Operations Squadron, emblem

On a disc Gules, an annulet Argent debruised by a pale Azure fimbriated Or bearing a dagger palewise, point to base Gray winged at the grip, displayed to chief Yellow between in chief a mullet of six White shaded of the fourth and in base two lightning bolts pilewise of the like, all within a diminished border Yellow.
Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "6TH SPECIAL OPS SQ" in Yellow letters
Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "COMMANDO" 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 design is based on the unit’s predecessor insignia. The disc bearing an annulet alludes to a globe and reflects the unit’s round-the-clock, worldwide mission capabilities. The six-pointed star denotes the Squadron’s numerical designation and honors the memory of all previous “Commandos.” The lightning bolts reflect two World War II campaign credits. The winged dagger symbolizes the Special Operations mission of the unit and the dedication and skills of Squadron personnel.

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