The Strategic Air Command Shield displays an arm and armor that are a symbol of strength, power and loyalty and representing the science and art of employing far-reaching advantages in securing the objectives of war. The olive branch, a symbol of peace, and the lightning flashes, symbolic of speed and power are qualities underlying the mission of the Strategic Air Command. The blue background of the SAC crest meant that SAC's reach was through the sky and that it was global in scope. The clouds meant that SAC was all-weather capable. The mailed fist depicted force, symbolized by lightning bolts of destruction. The olive branch represents peace. In addition to the SAC crest, non-camouflaged SAC aircraft bore the SAC Stripe.
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