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127th Wing Photos

Insignia Tells Tanker Story

The squadron emblem is typically worn on the shoulder of a flight suit uniform. This is the emblem of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, which flies the KC-135 Stratotanker at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. While it has been modified slightly over the years to reflect changes in mission assignment, the basic design of the emblem, an Aztec high priest in feathered ceremonial head dress with a lightning bolt, has been part of the squadron’s insignia since World War II. (Air National Guard photo by Brittani Baisden)

PHOTO BY: Brittani Baisden
VIRIN: 121011-Z-VF226-009.JPG
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