18th Squadron               Activated 1960

1962

 

 

 

 

 

         

1962     "Nightriders"


Description: A black unicorn head with an orange horn and green eye is superimposed on a blue circle bordered in orange. The circle is divided into two equal areas by a black line with a white billowy cloud in the upper half. The numeral “18” in orange and green is resting on the cloud. The lower half of the circle is bordered by the words “ATTENDEZ LES E’TALONS,” meaning "Wait for the Stallions," in green. Behind the circle are three black and white points placed equidistant around the circle. An orange chess rook is just at the end of the unicorn’s nose.

Significance: The unicorn head symbolizes great strength, fierceness, endurance, and matchless spirit. The chess rock symbolizes the Academy as the stronghold and basis for the training of career Air Force officers. The three points outside the circle represent the three aspects of Academy life: military, athletic, and academic. The cloud represents the air and space which occupy the thoughts of all Air Force officers. Orange and green are the squadron colors.

History: This is the squadron’s original patch.

Nickname: "Nightriders"

Motto: "Wait for the Stallions"

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The unicorn head symbolizes great strength, fierceness, endurance, and matchless spirit. The chess rock symbolizes the Academy as the stronghold and basis for the training of career Air Force officers. With a tradition of academic and military excellence, the 18th has become one of the leaders among the squadrons. The 18th is sponsored by the 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.  – C3C Doyle Freeman, Class of 1976, Falconews, 29 March 1974


 

The unicorn symbolizes strength, endurance, and matchless spirit. The chess rock symbolizes the Academy as the stronghold and basis for the training of career Air Force officers. The three points outside the circle represent the three aspects of Academy life: military, athletic, and academics. The cloud represents the military and aerospace careers open to all Air Force officers.  – 1975 Polaris


 

Documents


       

 

Request for Approval 1962

Squadron History c.1962

 

 

 


 

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