3rd Wing, US Air Force

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3RD WING, US AIR FORCE

Coat of arms (crest) of the 3rd Wing, US Air Force

Official blazon

Party per bend vert and sable in chief a cactus (prickly pear) or, a bend azure fimbriated of the third, all within a bordure argent charged with nineteen crosses patee of the second.

Origin/meaning

The shield is divided diagonally into the original colors of the Air Service, green and black. Over the dividing line is a band of the Air Force’s, present colors, ultramarine blue and golden yellow representative of the Rio Grande River dividing the US and Mexico. On the green field is a yellow cactus commemorating the group’s first patrols along the Mexican border. Around the shield is a white border with black German crosses equal to the number of aerial victories credited to the Group’s original squadrons during the Great War (World War I).

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