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2.14. Air Force Shields and Emblems. Use the Air Force shield to display unit emblems. The unit
emblem is an important part of the Air Force's tradition of military heraldry. Emblems express unit
pride and identity, and depict distinctive history or special functions.
2.14.1. Overuse of Emblems. The overuse of organizational emblems on signs, however, is a
problem common to many bases. Overuse dilutes the impact of emblems and gives an
impression of sameness and repetition, rather than distinctiveness. It is strongly recommended
that authorized organizational emblems be used only where they apply directly to unit
identification. (See AFPAM 36-2801 for the rules of authorization of emblems.)
2.14.2. Emblem Use by Tenant Units. The use of emblems graphically highlights the military
organization of the base, since each flag bearing and squadron level unit is identified with its
authorized emblem. A tenant unit authorized to display an emblem under AFPAM 36-2801 may
use either the emblem of its parent organization or its own unit emblem.
2.14.3. Use of Multiple Emblems. The use of multiple emblems on most signs is discouraged
since they are redundant a unit has only one authorized emblem. The Air Force Symbol is the
only emblem to be displayed on the Main Entrance Sign, Type A-1, and the Secondary Entrance
Sign, Type A-2. Multiple emblems may be displayed on the Base Morale Sign, Type F1a, to
introduce the visitor to the major mission related units on the base.
2.14.4. Use of Shield. A flag bearing unit such as a command, division, wing, group, or its
equivalent unit may display its emblem in the format of the Air Force shield on building
identification signs. See Chapter 4, Section 4C Military Identification Signs.
2.14.5. Design for Shield Decal. The shape of the Air Force shield is shown in Figure 2.26.
Before a unit emblem is converted to a decal, the design must be simplified and clarified for
reproduction in a professional manner. The design of the shield face should be simple in order to
permit clear reproduction. Colors should be solid with no half tone screens. The shield must be
outlined with a thin black line, and the entire design must be edged with golden yellow, white, or
silver gray piping to contrast with the standard brown sign background. The lettering of the unit
designation must be sharp and legible. For further information relating to these shields, refer to