SAC Strategic Air Command Patch

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3.00 (in)
0.08 (in)
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History of Strategic Air Command. The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was formed on March 21, 1946, by redesigning Continental Air Command. After its operation, SAC begins to operate all strategic reconnaissance aircraft, USAF aerial refueling aircraft, and airborne command post aircraft. The command consisted of several units, including the Second, Eighth, and Fifteenth Air Force, and was responsible for planning and strategizing several bombing campaigns in continental Europe. Achievements. SAC contributions had a significant effect by assisting ground forces in accomplishing various missions in the Cold War and Vietnam War. The division activated its 1st Missile Division in 1957 and was also awarded the responsibility for making and developing other ballistic missiles, namely Jupiter and Thor. By 1959, the unit formed a basic structure of today's U.S. Air Force while ramping up the efforts to create intercontinental missiles. To remain strategic and at the forefront of the Cold War and Vietnam War, the division played an important role in the military by training low-altitude bombing training for its manned bomber. Throughout its existence, the unit was responsible for operations and planning, command and control, intelligence, training, communications, and maintenance. At its lowest, the division was assigned with aircraft engineering, strategic communications, and missile concept. Dismantling. The division was operation until 1992 and was dismantled in the same year as part of an overall reorganization of the U.S. Air Force after the Cold War. After its disestablishment as Major Command (MAJCOM) and Specified Command, its personnel, equipment, and other resources were redistributed among the existing and newly formed units such as Air Combat Command (ACC), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Air Mobility Command (AMC) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). The SAC's central headquarters located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, was transferred to the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), which was formed to replace the SAC's specified command role against the newly formed Unified Combatant Command. The Insignia. On January 4, 1951, SAC officially adopted its famous insignia - containing an arm, olive branch, shield, and a sky. The shield shape symbolizes the mission and defense of the unit to protect American soil and its allies and was used by all of SAC wings. Representing the area of operations is the blue sky, whereas the arm and armor are symbols representing power, strength and loyalty, and the SAC's ability to deliver a heavy and powerful blow. A symbol and depicting peace is the olive branch. The design came after a competition held by SAC to design its emblem. The submission that won the contest was made by a member of the 92nd Bombardment Wing, Staff Sergeant Robert T. Barnes., and the patch was fully incorporated in 1951. After two years, the SAC added the Strategic Air Command motto into the insignia, and it remained like this until the disestablishment of the unit.
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