Symbolism: Ultramarine blue and golden yellow are the Air Force colors and symbolize that the unit is a part of the Air Force. The galloping steed, which symbolizes the ancient warrior's noble companion and represents the unit's mobility and swiftness in response to duty, is white for purity of purpose with wings to free its rider from the bonds of Earth. Above the charger, the abstract symbol for flight is a reminder of the unit's modern flight capability. The two blues behind the steed represent the duality of the unit's mission with the resolve to be ready in times of State disaster and National emergency and are bound together by a single red stripe symbolizing the lifeblood and willingness to sacrifice for both State and Country. The gold bolder around the shield speaks of value, integrity, and honor. Background: Designed by Lt Wes Derr and approved by the Air Force for the 135th Tactical Airlift Group in 1979. Redesignated for the 135th Airlift Group in 1992. Design and description revised in 1999.
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