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Department of the Air Force Directs Commanders to Review Unit Emblems, Mottos, Nicknames, Other Official Symbology


The Department of the Air Force directed commanders to conduct a comprehensive review of official and unofficial unit emblems, morale patches, mottos, nicknames, coins and other forms of unit recognition and identity to ensure an inclusive and professional environment within 60 days from Dec. 23, 2020.

Commanders, at the squadron level and above, will remove any visual representation, symbols or language derogatory to any race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age or disability status to ensure an inclusive and professional environment.

The directive came in the form of a memorandum from Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief of Space Operations John W. Raymond.

“It is critical for the Department of the Air Force to embody an environment of dignity, respect and inclusivity for all Airmen and Guardians,” the memo stated. “Our core values demand we hold ourselves to high standards and maintain a culture of respect and trust in our chain of command.”

According to Air Force Instruction 84-105, “Organizational Lineage, Honors and Heraldry,” emblem designs and mottos should reflect favorably on the United States Air Force, be original, distinctive, dignified, in good taste and non-controversial.

“Their continued use (of derogatory symbols and language) ostracizes our teammates undermining unit cohesion and impeding our mission readiness and success … Our diversity of experience, culture, demographics and perspectives is a force multiplier and essential to our success in this dynamic global environment … We must ensure all our Airmen and Guardians are valued and respected,” the memo emphasized.

Commanders should consider emblem and motto guidance in AFI 84-105 and consult their historians, staff judge advocates and equal opportunity specialists during the review.

12 Responses to “Department of the Air Force Directs Commanders to Review Unit Emblems, Mottos, Nicknames, Other Official Symbology”

  1. Plumpsquirrel3 says:

    Purge 2.0 begins.

  2. mudd says:

    no more referring to pilots as “hot dogs” or aviators in the “cockpit”

    definitely no more 8===D contrails

    the common vernacular has a blue falcon meaning buddy fxxker .. must eliminate all references to falcons

  3. Jack Boothe says:

    This may not be popular. In 1941, the USA had the 17th largest military in the world and in four years defeated two rivals in a two front way. Most members of the Army Air Corp, the forerunner of the USAF, who flew 25 missions over Germany, were fighter aces, and bombed Japan would be thrown out of today’s USAF for having politically incorrect nose art, squadron patches, and bawdy song as anthems. These heroes of the greatest generation didn’t give a tinker’s cuss about inclusiveness: they cared about defeating Hitler and Tojo and coming home alive. Today’s military worries more about inclusiveness and political correctness than winning wars. I suspect more time is spent in touchy freely training than on the rifle range. Maybe that is why, going on twenty years, it cannot defeat a third world military in Afghanistan. Policies like the one in this article doesn’t’ help win wars.

    • Yawnz says:

      It “can’t defeat a third world military in Afghanistan” due to restrictive ROE. Do you know what else those members of the USAF that flew 25 missions over Germany, bombed Japan, etc. etc. did? They killed a fuck-ton of civilians. Civilians who made guns for the enemy’s soldiers. Made their ammo. Fed them. Clothed them.

      For all of the jaundiced appraisals of the US military’s performance in Afghanistan, detractors seem to willingly forget that we also haven’t been removed from the country by said third world military and they sure aren’t the ones calling the shots in any kind of negotiations.

  4. Raul says:

    Seems to be a virtue signal, any actual examples? “Disability status”? Or is the plan to run through all WWII exhibits and repaint the nose art?

  5. Si says:

    I’m glad to see that the Air Force has solved all its other problems so they have time and funding to concentrate on this.

  6. Ranger Rick says:

    This brings to mind Colonel Kurtz saying: “We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’ t allow them to write ‘fuck’ on their airplanes because it’s obscene!”

  7. some_guy says:

    If we don’t stop cultural Marxism there won’t be a USA worth defending in 20 years.

  8. Timothy Adams says:

    The Air Force and its’ partner service the Guardians will be the best at nothing but inclusiveness. No longer training to master the skies and rain death and destruction upon our enemies, but to be social justice warriors and indistinguishable from any person on earth. God help us if we get into a real figtht