37th Squadron               Activated 1969     Deactivated 1999     Reactivated 2006

1970

 

 

 

 

 

         

1970    


 

Description: The patch is a blue, gold-bordered, circular emblem. In the center a gray knight with a blue helmet, a red and white coronet, and a winged helmet, is mounted on a large stallion. He is holding a silver, white, and gray lance. The stallion is gray, gold, and white. A large cratered silver moon with the red numeral “37” is in the upper right hand corner.

Significance: The mounted knight-in-arms is traditionally a symbol of chivalry and the defense of the righteous. He represents the intense determination to uphold tradition while improving the present and looking to the future. The helmet attests to his primary dedication to flight. The lance symbolizes the unit’s “No Nonsense” approach to the execution of duties and the maintenance of high standards. The shield indicates the squadron’s dedication to the defense of the nation. The unbridled stallion embodies the spirit and quest for personal integrity. The moon in the background represents man’s first stepping-stone in the exploration of space, and symbolizes the Academy as the first step to a career in the Air Force.

Original Significance: The patch of the 37th Squadron reflects the bold, decisive nature of the squadron. The moon over the mounted knight symbolizes intense determination to advance at all times, a reflective image in the mirror of the future. The steed is unbridled, signifying the relentless spirit and freedom embodied in the squadron. The mounted warrior, the symbol of impregnability, fortitude, and chivalry, reflects the dual objectives of defense of liberty and defense of country. The lance of the warrior is pointed outward, representing the outward looking views of the squadron. The double-edged blade on the lance mirrors the determination to uphold tradition, while improving the present and looking to the future.

History: This is the squadron’s original patch, although it has experienced several changes to the color scheme over the years. This variation, the third major color change, has been used since 1976. It is possible to find examples of this patch without the red on the knight's coronet or headband.

Nicknames: "Smilers"   "Skyraiders"

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The patch reflects the bold, decisive nature of the squadron. A knight in shining armor, mounted on a bridle-less horse, represents intense determination to advance with and uphold tradition while improving the present and looking to the future. In the fall of 1969 the 37th Squadron was created when the Wing expanded to 40 squadrons.  – C3C Donald Hall, Class of 1976, Falconews, 29 March 1974


 

The moon and a white stallion are the primary motifs for the patch of Thirty-Seventh Squadron. The moon is Man’s first stepping-stone in the exploration of space, but it also represents the Academy as the first stepping-stone in an officer’s career. The white stallion represents our squadron with its unbridled spirit and quest for integrity. The pointed lance on the stallion’s back symbolizes the “No Nonsense” approach of Thirty-Seventh Squadron.  – 1975 Polaris