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Symbolism and the 9th Reconnaissance Wing
The 9th Reconnaissance Wing crest features the gold and green of the former Army Air Service, a central wavy line denoting the Rio Grande River and early service in Mexico, four black crosses in remembrance of the four major offensives in WWI. Finally, the phrase “Semper Paratus” meaning Always Ready. The official Air Force use of the phrase dates back to 1924. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

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