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Barry Elk
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#1 Posted: 1/12/2010 14:07:20

Need some recce help.

Can anyone tell me what the white leaf on the banner designates?

Have some other pictures where there are two of the leaves.

Regards,


 Barry

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Zack Baughman
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#2 Posted: 1/12/2010 14:51:42

Interesting question Barry!  For those not aware, the Redhawks are an Air National Guard F-15 unit - the 123rd Fighter Squadron of the 142nd Fighter Wing. 

Zack



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Joe Drab
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#3 Posted: 1/13/2010 03:48:54

Barry

I went into the 142Fw web page (www.142fw.ang.af.mil)

According to the caption on their site is states that the photo is dated Nov.9th 2004.

The unit was taking  part of the 50th Anniversary of the William Tell Competition, at Tyndall AFB.

If you go into the 142FW web page, they do give a phone number for the base public affairs.  they may be able to help you.

Good Luck.

Joe



Mike Weeden
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#4 Posted: 1/14/2010 22:19:12

Barry,

The leaf may be in recognition of an Outstanding Unit Award or similar award to the Wing, Group, or Squadron.  That's why you sometimes see more than one.  It appears to be an Oak Leaf Cluster like you would see on a dress uniform ribbon or medal.

Mike Weeden



Darrell Anderson
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#5 Posted: 1/14/2010 23:46:15

The vertical stripes of the banner most likely represent the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the white leaf is a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster indicating that the award had been earned by the unit 5 additional times.  In the days before two-tone tactical paint jobs, it was common to see the full color ribbon, with bronze or silver oak leaf clusters painted on a unit's aircraft.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outstanding_Unit_Award 

and: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_leaf_cluster 

 

Darrell