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16th Tactical Airlift Training Squadron

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The winged lion (Griffin) came into existence in the eighties.  From what I remember is was an Air Force approved patch.

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I was across the street in the 62nd when they made the change over; teaching airdrop, dropping concrete and railroad ties on All American DZ 3 nights a week and calling Randolph most days trying desperately to go back overseas.

The story was that the fellas in the 16th hated the flying turd and that the Lowenbrau lion was chosen while sitting around drinking a few adult beverages.

The Griffin is actually a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet.

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From 16th Airlift Sq. History and Lineage:

Emblem: On a Yellow disc edged with a narrow Blue border; a Red lion rampant with Red tongue, White wings, grasping in its dexter paw a White short sword with blade up and in its sinister paw a White rolled scroll, all details Black. Approved on 17 Dec 1980 (KE 72060); replaced emblem approved on 25 Jun 1951 (K 6239).

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