38th Squadron               Activated 1969     Deactivated 1999     Reactivated 2006









Description: the patch is a circular emblem bordered in red. A bandit, wrapped in a flowing black cape and wearing a tall black hat, stands upon a brown earth marked with lines to infinity. The numerals “3” and “8,” in blue, are on either side of the bandit. A gold plane followed by a red contrail flies across a purple sky behind the bandit.

Significance: The bandit is similar to the one use by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation to represent the F-4 Phantom and is the symbol of cunning, stealth, and intelligence. The dark purple sky represents the night, the time of the reign of the bandit. The aircraft signifies the cadet’s ambition to be a pilot. The lines of infinity indicate there is no boundary to the career possibilities for cadets.

History: This is the squadron’s original patch and was worn until 1972.

Nickname: "All Stars"

  1970 – 1972


1972     "All Stars"

Description: The patch is shaped like a shield and outlined in black. The upper portion has five white stars on a blue background and the lower portion has red and white vertical stripes. The nickname “ALL STARS” leaves blue contrails as it flares from the lower portion of the patch. The blue numeral “38” sits to the upper left of the nickname.

Significance: The patch resembles the American flag and the Air Force shield, and symbolizes the qualities of patriotism, courage, and devotion to duty. The word “ALL STARS” is testimony to the excellence with which each squadron member performs their duties and responsibilities. The five stars stand for each of the five ideals of the squadron: character, discipline, devotion to duty, excellence, and pride.

History: This is the squadron’s second patch, adopted in 1972.

Nickname: "All Stars"

  1973 –



The 38th was the first squadron in Academy history to be named a Dodo All Star. The All Stars then went out to capture two consecutive first-places in intramural lacrosse for ’71 and ’72. The All Stars are sponsored by the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, McChord AFB, Washington.  – C3C Patrick Hanley, Class of 1976, Falconews, 29 March 1974


We originally received our name from a Cadet Wing publication called the Dodo. Although the original intent of the name “All Stars” was not to be complimentary, we took the name to prove our ability to excel. Our performance has proved that we are truly “All Stars,” the best in the Wing. The stars and stripes denote us “All American boys, capable of being the best in everything we do."  – 1975 Polaris