OH-078 LUNKEN CADET SQUADRON
Description: Surrounded by a border of Sable, on a field of Vert, with Azure extending from the dexter to the sinister base overall, an Argent gauntlet at the fess point wields an Or lightning bolt, extending from the sinister to the dexter chief. Two smaller Or bolts on the dexter flank the larger bolt. At the chief, the word “CINCINNATI” in Sable and at the middle base the Arabic “078” in Or. An Argent scroll below the base contains the words in Sable “SEMPER VIGILANS”.
Significance: The words “Cincinnati” and the numbers “078” represent the squadron’s location and unit designation number. The blue and green background colors adjacent to each other represent the squadron’s location along the Ohio River. The Latin Semper Vigilans references the Civil Air Patrol’s motto for “Always Vigilant.” The jigsaw pattern is emblematic of a similar pattern in many United States Air Force command patches and represents the close relation of the Air Force with the Civil Air Patrol. Lastly, the armored gauntlet grasping a lightning bolt with two smaller bolts has dual meanings. The gauntlet with the bolt represents the unit’s Emergency Services Ground Team and Aircrew and their rapid response to emergencies. The three lightning bolts collectively represent the three missions of Civil Air Patrol: emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education.
Designer: Eric Reiman, 14 April 2008