The design of the falcon is a replica of the maintenance falcon located in the National Cathedral at Washington DC. The falcon symbolizes the airborne strength possessed by the Air Force and made possible by the maintenance of aircraft, munitions, and communications-electronics equipment. In its talons, the falcon is holding a bomb and a generic 21st century aircraft. They are crossed to show the interrelationship of the career fields.
The badge was first created and authorized on April 29, 1943 to recognize both the training and hazardous duty of aerial gunners, who manned defensive machineguns on board such aircraft as the B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26 and B-29 bombers. The Aerial Gunner Badge appeared as a standard observer badge, upon which was centered a winged bullet.
Originally known simply as the Aircrew Badge, the Air Force began issuing the decoration to enlisted Aircrew members in 1947. By the time of the Korean War, regulations had been established for a senior and master version of the badge, indicated by a star and wreath above the decoration. As with the Army Aviator Badge, seniority of the Aircrew Badge was determined by flight hours obtained and years of service in the Air Force.
Originally known as the "Air Police Shield", the Air Force Security Police Shield has existed since the early 1960s. The Air Force Security Police Shield is considered a symbol of legal authority and Force Protection on Air Force Installations.
Following its creation in 1958, the badge came in only one style, In 1963 the name was changed to the Missileman Badge and the three levels of Basic, Senior and Master were added.
Financial Management and Comptroller specialists perform fiduciary duties involving public funds. They oversee the receipt, distribution, and accounting of these monies, tracking appropriations and related expenses and keeping tabs on working capital. They are able to make financial projections regarding costs and how they will be affected by contingency operations or even declarations of hostilities.
The Parachutist Badge, also commonly referred to as "Jump Wings" or "Silver Wings" is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces awarded to members of the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. The original Army Parachutist Badge was designed in 1941 by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough and approved by the Department of the Army in March of that year.
During World War II, with the rise of the Army Air Forces, a second series of aviator badges were issued to include a design that has survived to the modern day. The Army Air Corps Pilot Badge was issued in three degrees, including Pilot, Senior Pilot, and Command Pilot. A polished silver colored version of these badges is currently used as the United States Air Force Pilot Badges.
Trust in me my friend, for I am your comrade.
I will protect you with my last breath.
When all others have left you and the loneliness of night closes in,
I will be at your side...
On July 26, 1947, the U.S. Air Force became a separate Branch of Service in the U.S. armed forces. and in late 1951 the Aircraft Observer, Navigator, and Bombardier badges were replaced with a single design, with the Air Force shield centered between two wings.
The Flight Engineer Badge was a qualification badge of the United States Army Air Forces authorized late in the Second World War on 19 June 1945. It was awarded to those military officers and NCOs who had qualified as flight engineers on board a military aircraft. As aircraft grew increasingly complex, the need arose for an in-flight specialist dedicated to monitoring and operating the various systems.
In support of all Americans, Police, Firefighters, & Medical
The Air Battle Manager Badge is a military badge of the United States Air Force which is issued to officers who have been trained and qualified for airborne command and control, air surveillance, electronic warfare, and airborne weapons capabilities. The badge was first proposed in 1990 and was first issued to Air Force officers in 1995 after Air Battle Manager became an Air Force aeronautical rating.
The Flight Nurse Badge is a military badge of the United States armed forces which is issued by the U.S. Air Force and United States Navy to flight nurses. Versions of this badge have existed since World War II, when the decoration was first created as the Army Air Forces Flight Nurse Badge.
Established in response to the almost exponential growth in the use and importance of cyber warfare and related technologies. The Cyberspace Support field drew its first members, over 43,000 enlisted personnel from three former fields: Communications-Computer Systems (3C), Communications-Electronics (2E), and Knowledge Operations Management (3A).
Provides administrative support to Air Force, Department of Defense, and joint organizations. Coordinates, performs, and manages a variety of tasks and activities in direct support of organizational commanders, directors, and senior leaders to include office management, human resources, executive staff support, postal, official mail, and a variety of other services and duties.
The current Pathfinder Badge, originally made of felt, was approved on 22 May 1964. The badge's wings symbolize flight and airborne capabilities, while the torch represents leadership and guidance. The torch traces back to the Olympians who carried the torch each year of the event to its location. US Army Pathfinders traditionally were the first to arrive ahead of larger elements in order to scout and designate areas in which aviation assets could perform their operations during combat.
The US Army field manual describes an "air assault operation" as an operation in which assault forces (combat, combat support, and combat service support), using the firepower, mobility, and total integration of helicopter assets, maneuver on the battlefield under the control of the ground or air maneuver commander to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain usually behind enemy lines.
While weather can impact any sort of military operation, it can be an especially important factor in Air Force operations. The United States Air Force has recognized the incredible importance of being able to make accurate forecasts in order to maximize operational effectiveness and ensure combat preparedness and readiness.
The term "Defensor Fortis" means defenders of the force. This is the term applied to all Air Force personnel who serve in any of the different variations of security forces and force protection agencies.
First known as the Aviation Metalsmith rating when it was established in 1921, it later evolved into the current Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) rating in 1948.