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U.S. Air Force, emblem
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U.S. Air Force, emblem

U.S. Department of the Air Force, seal
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U.S. Department of the Air Force, seal

The symbolism incorporated in the Great seal of the Department of the Air Force is as follows:

1. The predominant colors, ultramarine blue and gold, are the colors of the Air Force through transition from the Air Corps.

2. The 13 stars represent the Thirteen Original Colonies of the United States. The grouping of three stars at the top of the design portrays the three Departments of the National Defense Establishment, Army, Navy, and Air Force.

3. The crest includes the American Bald Eagle, which is the symbol of the United States and air striking power.
The cloud formation depicts the creation of a new firmament, and the wreath, composed of six alternate folds of silver and blue, incorporate the colors of the basic shield design.

4. The shield, divided with the nebuly line formation, representing clouds, is charged with the heraldic thunderbolt. The thunderbolt portrays striking power through the medium of air.

5. The Roman numerals beneath the shield indicate the year 1947, in which the Department of the Air Force was established.

6. On a band encircling the whole is the inscription "Department of the Air Force" and "United States of America".

The entire design used on the shield of the Air Force Seal is taken from an heraldic representation of the mythological thunderbolt, also termed Jupiter's thunderbolt,. Jupiter was the Roman mythological God of the Heavens. At the honor point of the shield is a lightning bolt or elongated projectile-like mass, conceived of as the missile cast to earth in the lightning flash. The word thunderbolt--a single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunder--derived from the idea that lightning was a bolt thrown to earth by a god.The pair of wings and smaller lightning flashes surrounding the bolt complete the design.

The eagle's head is turned to the right and symbolizes facing the enemy - looking toward the future and not dwelling on past deeds.

/ Air Force History Office

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), distinctive unit insignia North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a dark blue shield bearing a pair of silver gray wings displayed enfolding a light green demi-globe with gold gridlines issuing from base bearing the gold landmasses of North America. In pale a silver gray sword with a scarlet hilt and in chief two gold lightning bolts radiating from either side of the sword blade.

Symbolism: The defense of North American Continent is the responsibility of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, along with our Canadian allies. Together, they comprise this unified and bi-national command, NORAD. The Army element of NORAD is highlighted by the landmass. The wings enfold the globe to symbolize protection and defense by the unified command. The sword represents armed defense and readiness. The lightning bolts denote the decisive striking power that NORAD is prepared to use against any aggressor.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 3 October 2003.

/ TIOH

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), shoulder sleeve insignia North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), shoulder sleeve insignia

On a dark blue shield with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border 2 ½ inches (6.35 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.32 cm) in height a pair of silver gray wings displayed enfolding a light green demi-globe issuing from base with yellow gridlines and bearing the yellow landmasses of North America. In pale a silver gray sword with a scarlet hilt and in chief, two yellow lightning bolts radiating from either side of the sword blade.

Symbolism: The defense of North American Continent is the responsibility of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, along with our Canadian allies. Together, they comprise this unified and bi-national command, NORAD. The Army element of NORAD is highlighted by the landmass. The wings enfold the globe to symbolize protection and defense by the unified command. The sword represents armed defense and readiness. The lightning bolts denote the decisive striking power that NORAD is prepared to use against any aggressor.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 October 2003.

/ TIOH

U.S. Air Defense Command, obsolete emblem
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U.S. Air Defense Command, obsolete emblem

U.S. Air Force Continental US NORAD Region and Air Forces Northern (CONR-AFNORTH), emblem U.S. Air Force Continental US NORAD Region and Air Forces Northern (CONR-AFNORTH), emblem

U.S. Air Force Continental US NORAD Region and Air Forces Northern (CONR-AFNORTH), seal U.S. Air Force Continental US NORAD Region and Air Forces Northern (CONR-AFNORTH), seal

U.S. Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), emblem
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), emblem

U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command (TAC), emblem
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U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command (TAC), emblem

U.S. Air Force, enlisted rank insignia
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U.S. Air Force, enlisted rank insignia

U.S. Air Force, officer rank insignia
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U.S. Air Force, officer rank insignia

U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), emblem
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U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), emblem

U.S. Air Forces Southern Command (AFSOUTH), emblem
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U.S. Air Forces Southern Command (AFSOUTH), emblem

U.S. Air National Guard, emblem
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U.S. Air National Guard, emblem

U.S. Air National Guard, seal
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U.S. Air National Guard, seal

U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), emblem
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U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), emblem

U.S. Strategic Air Command, obsolete emblem
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U.S. Strategic Air Command, obsolete emblem

U.S. Air Force Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS), emblem U.S. Air Force Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS), emblem

U.S. Air Force Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), emblem U.S. Air Force Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), emblem

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