The art of creating crests and coats of arms is not a modern invention; rather it dates back to the 12th century to the times of knights, kings, lords, and ladies. Designing and preserving these crests is an art which aims to serve the tradition and to keep it alive through all times.
The elements in heraldry design are not just random symbols; each detail, no matter how small, defines a message, and the use of colors can never be overlooked in the famous crests of history. Understanding crests can be quite easy if you know the meaning of the colors used. Each color is a statement, which will give you insight into the history and story itself. The colors in heraldry are an incredible voyage of discovery.
In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson directed the War Department to establish an office that could organize military insignia such as metal badges, ribbons, patches, and flags.
Heraldry is not a relic of feudal or imperial times of old. Heraldry is alive and well, still helping to solve the timeless problem of making identification as effective as possible.
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The shield and scroll shape is established by the Air Force for group and higher echelons. A white star serves as a representation of the state of Oklahoma. The Propeller, triangle, and disk pays homage to Civil Air Patrol. The five red stars represent the five civilized tribes of Oklahoma. The laurel wreath sybmolizes the Great Plains.
Muskogee Nighthawks is a legacy squadron formed during the earliest days of the corporation. The unit adopted the night hawk as it came to realize that it flew the majority of search and rescue missions at night. The hawk has superb flying and hunting abilities which are synonymous with the emergency locator transmitter search mentality.
The unit returns to incorporating the colors from its original patch which utilized the colors of red and white dominantly as well as blue. The unit has always been known as the “Golden Eagles” and as such the mascot imagery has been maintained but modernized.
Astronaut Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, a native of Shawnee, Oklahoma was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first human space program of the United States. The Cooper family graciously honored Oklahoma Wing by granting permission to allow the Shawnee squadron to carry the name “Gordon Cooper” with the sincerest hopes to inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.
The Riverside Composite Squadron was initially forged as a flight in 2019 at the Tulsa Technology Center’s (TTC) Riverside Campus located at Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport (KRVS). The flight began serving the communities of Jenks, South Tulsa, Bixby, and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma and was graciously given space to take up residence within the TTC Riverside Campus. The Riverside Squadron adopted the wolf pack mantra among its membership to honor its mentality of taking care of their wingmen.
The squadron is one of the oldest in Oklahoma Wing and has the distinct honor of being the only squadron to ever form a senior member all-female drill team. The Capettes were formed in 1962 as the only Civil Air Patrol senior member all-female drill team and traveled nationally to promote interest in ROTC programs, the Civil Air Patrol and highlight the State of Oklahoma. The team was a sensational success catapulted to national fame, traveling the country to perform at America’s military bases. The patch incorporates an eagle tying the squadron to its love of aviation and its determination to promote leadership.
The Enid squadron was founded in the 1980s by a USAF airman assigned to the 71st Operational Support Squadron (OSS). The 71st OSS is known as the Ghostriders. The CAP squadron was constituted and began serving the community of Enid, Oklahoma as well as Vance AFB and was graciously given space to take up residence within the 71 OSS squadron building on base. The squadron resided on base until 2016. Although they have relocated to a new home within the community, the squadron still maintains a close relationship with its namesake.
The design process took approximately four months of planning and collaboration between both cadets and senior members and an additional two months of artwork renderings until a final design was to be submitted for approval.
The squadron has deep ties with the local community and support provided by the nearby U.S. Army Fort Sill. Fort Sill is the oldest continuously operated Army airfield and is the birthplace of combat Army aviation. This connection with aviation ties into the squadron’s aviation centric programs. The American Bison, also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a powerful animal that once roamed the plains in vast numbers. The buffalo is a revered symbol of strength, power and safety and is the symbol for the local community. These traits embody the CAP ethos.
The unit began serving the community of Grove and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma in 2006. The squadron adopted the “pel-i-can” mantra among its membership, serving as a can-do attitude. The mantra was intended to further honor the unit’s commitment and involvement in an annual community event organized around the migration patterns of the American White Pelican. One of the largest North American birds, the American White Pelican migratory path passes through Grove, OK with hundreds of the large birds calling Grove home each year. The largest flock on record was estimated at 600 pelicans.
The Council Oak Senior Squadron is a proud unit who history can be traced directly back to the World War II Tulsa Squadron. Today, the squadron focuses on aviation education and search and rescue training and the emblem is a representation of its flight-focused mindset.
The design plays off the historical squadron logo. It keeps the vector globe but off set in the lower right quadrant. The aircraft has been updated to match the aircraft used in Civil Air Patrol’s 70th anniversary emblem. The 4-pointed stars have been added, and the trajectory of the aircraft has been adjusted to the upper left quadrant, to symbolize our unit’s desire to always reach for the stars within service to our communities, honor in all that we do and the leadership that we display.
The squadron proudly bears the name of its host city. The city derives its name from the original Creek community which named the city after its old settlement in Alabama. In Creek the name is Rekackv (pronounced thlee-Kawtch-kuh), meaning “broken arrow.” The broken arrow is a Native American symbol representative of peace. The squadron proudly includes the broken arrow as homage to the squadron’s commitment to its local community and search and rescue training.