Bien Hoa AB
Lineage and Honors History
3rd SPS (PACAF)
Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 8 Nov 1965-15 Mar 1971 Current Lineage & History
The Vietnam Service Streamer, a unit award analogous to the award of the medal and ribbon for the individual. is identical to the ribbon in design and color. A United States Air Force (USAF) unit qualified for the Vietnam Service Streamer if it was based in South Vietnam at any time between 1 July 1958 and 14 November, or 29 January through 28 March 1973.* A unit based during these same periods in Thailand and flying missions into or over Vietnam also received the Vietnam Service Streamer. Nonpaying combat support units based in Thailand at any time between 1 July 1958 and 28 March 1973 are also entitled to the service streamer.
VIETNAM WAR[Current issue battle streamer as used on US military flags. Overall length 49 embroidered in white on the color of the Vietnam Service medal ribbon. This practice dates from June 1920 as prescribed by the Secretary of War and continues to this day.]
Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 8 Nov 1965-15 Mar 1971
ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMERS. None.
DECORATIONS. Presidential Unit Citation:
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device:
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm:
JOHN D. RYAN, General, USAF Chief of Staff
This list is complete through K-WG-3-HI, Apr-Jun 1987 vol I. (last history in our stacks). Our inquiries division (QE) will be responding to the rest of your 13 Aug 1990 request in separate correspondence.
Approval of Squadron Emblem - 3rd Air Police Squadron (2nd ADiv (DPSA) Ltr, 7 Jan 66).
3rd Air Police Sq
2. Your proposed design was modified to comply with the Air Force policy that each emblem will be distinctive to the unit concerned. The torch in your proposed design is usually reserved for units with a training mission and is normally associated with units under the Air Training Command. The flaming swords have been used in several emblems already approved and are not distinctive to the 3rd AP Squadron. The revised design utilizes symbols distinctive to your organization to symbolize the over-all function of the squadron and its history. 3. This correspondence and attachments are permanent records and will be retained by the unit until inactivation, and then retired to the records center in accordance with AFM 181-5, Para 11. AFT900-3, contains instructions for ordering official photographs of the emblem. FOR THE CHIEF OF STAFF
CABLE NUMBERS OF COLORS:
1. The two stars represent the united effort put forth by the United States and south Vietnam in curbing Communist aggression.2. The Torch represents "freedom and liberty" for which both nations are jointly fighting. 3. The deltas represent the USAF weapons systems used to protect freedom and maintain peace. Note their placement around the torch of freedom. 4. The flaming Swords represent the 3rd Air Police Squadron's mission of providing security and protection over the Aerospace Weapons Systems which are employed in maintaining peace and securing the freedom of South Vietnam. The placement of the swords also shows the relationship of the Squadron's mission to the overall effort.
1. The red, white and blue symbolize the colors of the United States.
2. Red and Yellow symbolize the colors of the Republic of South Vietnam.
3. Blue further symbolizes the medium through which the aircraft operate.
4. White symbolizes peace and tranquility.
5. Red and Yellow flames symbolize firmness of mind, strength and dedication.
DATE PREPARED. 12 May 1995.
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