The Headquarters Air Force badge
or Air Staff badge
is a new badge of the United States Air Force
. Airmen currently assigned to Headquarters Air Force
at the Pentagon
or who have been assigned to a qualifying Air Staff
position for at least 365 consecutive days are entitled to wear the badge. Wear of the badge is optional.
Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley
approved the design and development of the badge in September 2005.
The basis for the Headquarters Air Force badge is Air Force heritage and the design incorporates many elements from the Department of the Air Force Seal
The predominant colors of the badge are ultramarine blue and gold, the colors of the Air Force through transition from the Army Air Corps
. At the center of the badge is a gilt American Bald Eagle
, a symbol of the United States
and air power. The eagle is holding an olive branch
and a bundle of 13 arrows, denoting the power of peace and war—the heart of the Air Force mission. The Air Force shield is at the core of the eagle. On the background is a blue pentagon, representing The Pentagon
A silver wreath
, an ancient symbol of victory, encircles the badge and meets the old Army Air Corps roundel
. The eagle holds a streamer with the Latin motto "E pluribus unum
," which means "Out of many, one," and represents the original 13 colonies forming into one nation.
According to AFI 36-2903 "Center duty or miscellaneous badge 1½ inches below top... Read More