12th Squadron               Activated 1958








1962     "Dirty Dozen"

Description: The patch is an isosceles triangle of sky blue bordered in blue. A black and white Polaris star dominates it. Behind the star is a jet plane taking off into the blue skies. The airfield below is a checkered design with black and silver squares in the foreground, blue and black squares in the second row, gold and black squares in the third row, and red and black going into the distance. “12th Squadron” is printed in blue across the bottom of the triangle on a silver band.

Significance: The Polaris provides a never failing light to guide cadets on their flight through life. It also serves as a reminder that there is no goal in life too high to attain. The aircraft in the background signifies the profession cadets have chosen as their life’s work. Its position in flight symbolizes the beginning of cadets’ mission of defense and protection of their country. The four colors represent the four class colors. The checkerboard pattern is the traditional symbol of the original squadron sponsors, the 401st Tactical fighter Wing.

History: This is the original patch and was designed by William R. Povilus, Class of 1963.

Nickname: "Dirty Dozen"

  1965 –



“Dirty Dozen,” one of the original eighteen squadrons created in 1957, had the distinction of having the first Cadet Wing Commander, Robert D. Beckel, in its ranks. In more recent times, Charles M. Hardman, Class of 1972, rose to Cadet Wing Commander. The squadron takes its patch from the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing and is sponsored by the 436th Military Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Delaware.  – C3C Scott Anderson, Class of 1976, Falconews, 29 March 1974


The patch for the “Dirty Dozen” was one of the original eighteen squadron patches of the Cadet Wing. The Twelfth Squadron patch is a futuristic design with Polaris, the North Star, in the upper portion of the patch. Polaris symbolizes the beacon that guides us through life. The four class colors are at the bottom of a horizon that represents the unbounded limits of our potential as Air Force Officers.  – 1975 Polaris





Request for Approval 1961

Patch History