16th Special Operations Squadron

Emblem 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 Spectre has been a symbol of the 16th Special Operations Squadron and the AC-130 gunship since inception in the late 1960’s. The Spectre appearing at night in a “covert” manner represents the unit’s special operations mission. It also represents the unit’s gunship nighttime mission, to attack quickly and precisely and then vanish; much like the phantoms of folklore do. The unit’s motto “Spectre” represents the nickname of the aircraft the squadron has flown since the Vietnam War and the “Spectre” symbol.

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