30th Squadron               Activated 1967








1968     "Knights of Thirty"

Description: The patch is a circular emblem with a knight’s helmet in the center. The helmet is topped with a four-color plume. A stylized black and white aircraft leaving a contrail on a blue field is to the helmet’s left. On its right, the red numeral “30” is amidst yellow, red-highlighted flames on a black field.

Significance: The knight’s helmet represents the military profession – the cadet’s heritage. The four-colored plume is symbolic of the four class colors. The flames stand for war, to which the helmet is impervious. The ascending aircraft on the left symbolizes freedom of the skies and a peaceful contrast to the flames of war.

History: This is the squadron’s original patch.

Nickname: "Knights of Thirty"   "Dirty Thirty"

  1968 –



The “Dirty” Thirty has had its share of distinguished grads including the 1970 Squadron Commander John Hasleton, who was killed in action. They are sponsored by the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.  – C3C Jim Trant, Class of 1976, Falconews, 29 March 1974


A knight’s helmet and an aircraft are the dominant symbols for the patch for Thirtieth Squadron. The helmet is depicted in gradations of cool blues, grays, lavender, and white. These colors symbolize the military heritage of which we are a part. The jet aircraft completes the theme of our patch by demonstrating the power of our Air Force. The flames of war are seen jutting out in an attempt to threaten the free world.  – 1975 Polaris