The set of wings now being worn as the occupational badge by the Air Force’s new cadre of remotely piloted vehicle operators, who come to the mission without previous flying experience in manned platforms, features a globe, rays of light, and a lightning bolt, the Air Force revealed Sept. 29, 2009. SSgt. Austin May, a public affairs airman with the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, Britain, designed the wings. He says the globe represents “the world in which airmen live and operate,” while the rays of light “symbolize both a new dawn in air power and the [unmanned aircraft’s] ability to operate in and see parts of the world opposite from their location.” The lightning bolt represents “the electronic aspect of today's warfare and the system's strike capability,” says May.
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