AFNIC Awards & Emblems

AFCA Shield Significance

AFCA Shield Significance


Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
1 July 1984 - 30 June 1986
1 July 1986 - 30 June 1988
1 July 1988 - 30 June 1990
1 July 1990 - 30 June 1992
1 July 1992 - 30 June 1994
1 July 1994 - 30 June 1996
1 April 1997 - 30 Sept 1998
1 Oct 1998 - 30 Sept 2000
20 Apr 2002 - 30 Sept 2003

Emblems
The current emblem design debuted on 1 July 1961 during the ceremonies officiated by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay marking the redesignation of the Airways and Air Communications Service as Air Force Communications Service.

Emblem Significance
The mailed fist represents Air Force commanders who exercise command and control of aerospace forces. The electronic flashes represent all forms of aerospace communications through which control of aerospace forces is provided. The North Star symbolizes the heritage of navigation and air traffic control as distinct but integrated parts of command and control, and the world portrays the global aspects of AFCA and Air Force operations.

NOTE: The official emblem color scheme remained consistent from 1961 to the present; however varying manufacturing processes presented the emblem differently in the copies from which these images were created.