182nd Airlift Wing emblem
BLAZON Azure, a bend nebuly Argent, superimposed by an arrow in pale, throughout, emitting exhaust Or, the shaft enflamed Gules, edged of the third, all between in chief a sinister wing of the second, detailed Argent (Silver gray) and in base a flight symbol bendwise of the last; all within a diminished bordure Or. Attached below the shield, a White scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM" in Blue letters. SIGNIFICANCE Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The white bend nebuly alludes to clouds and Group operations. The gray flight symbol represents the unit’s primary mission, and the dove’s wing, the preservation of peace. The arrow pointing upright and enflamed denotes the battle-ready flying unit and Native American connection to the State of Illinois where the unit’s progenitor organization was constituted in 1947. COLORS Ultramarine Blue Air Force Yellow White Silver Gray Scarlet
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