Prop and Wings

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  1. wines60

    wines60 Member

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    I am a bit confused regarding the Prop and Wings Insignia which 4 digs receive at recognition. Somewhere I heard there are special ones for cadets whose grandparent served in the Army Air Corps. Does having a grandparent who was a pilot in the regular Air Force count as well, or are they simply honoring service in the older Air Corps?
     
  2. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    From the Cadet Sight Picture:

     
  3. greentrees

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    The "special" prop & wings are no longer all gold; they are now gold wings with a chrome prop.
     
  4. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

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    Similar to the Army Aviation branch insignia, as well as that of the Army Air Corps. It's nice to see them pay respect to their big brother :thumb:
     
  5. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    My dad was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, but I could find only his uniform patch, not any actual paperwork signifying such.
     
  6. Don

    Don Member

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    Honesty

    I think this is an Honor thing. We have pictures of my father in his Army Air Corps uniform we have his patches and his stories, but I would not even know where to look for any paper work.

    Never the less, Grandpa was in the Army Air Corps in WWII. So my son wears the “special” Prop and Wings. I know that it makes my son proud and links him (in his current role as a USAFA cadet) to his Grandfather in a special way.

    If you need paper work let me know, but I am pretty sure it is a simple salute to those who came before us and not like a rank or any other device that pertains to personal service.

    Don't fake it, DO NOT wear it if it is not real, but do they need proof? Or simple honesty?
     
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  7. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It is done on their honor.
     
  8. bsa07eagle

    bsa07eagle Member

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    You guys are making me drool.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  9. ZoomingFalcon

    ZoomingFalcon Cadet

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    Me too...hey, only 139 days 20 hours 10 minutes 27 seconds until the fun REALLY begins:thumb:
     
  10. soccerdude407

    soccerdude407 Member

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    Haha but who's counting, right?
     
  11. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Yeah really haha.....
     
  12. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    So related to nothing...

    In the SE stairwell, is there still the CS34 patch painting done by Tracy Murakami?


    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    (Gee, guess which was my first squadron?)
     
  13. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    No sorry flieger :frown:
     
  14. rickwest73

    rickwest73 New Member

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    What about parents who are grads of USAFA?
     
  15. greentrees

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    From page 25 of current AOG parent handbook, which I know is not official, official, but usually has it's stuff correct:

    Silver Prop and Wings are worn on the flight cap after the near-completion of cadets' fourth class year. Cadets who are direct descendants of members of the Army Air Corps, Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), or USAFA graduates who honorably served are authorized to wear the Gold Prop & Wings.
     
  16. Rage_14

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    You can also wear it if you had a family member serve in combat or with 20+ years of service.
     
  17. SCcandidate2015

    SCcandidate2015 Member

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    Which has already been established.
     
  18. Rage_14

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    Pardon me for not looking back to the post which is almost a year old. I was just answering the question, Basic.
     
  19. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    hey hey chill man
     
  20. 2016mom

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    To get the silver and gold "Prop and Wings" - is there a special form that has to be filled out?
     

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