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Dating back to 1976, the emblem of The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is composed of crossed M-1 rifles silhouetted over a gold and silver Roman helmet. The emblem is complete with a scarlet red horsehair festoon on a field of ultramarine blue with the attached organization motto. The color for the lettering of the organizational motto is gold. The Roman helmet is symbolic of the Praetorian Guard of the Roman Empire. This elite unit was charged with protecting emperors. The red festoon denotes courage and valor. The silver gray of the helmet proper is represents the excellence expected of U.S. Air Force Honor Guard personnel. The crossed rifles denote The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard's primary weapon. The ultramarine blue background symbolizes the primary theater of Air Force operations - the sky and beyond. The attached motto, "To Honor With Dignity" best describes the elite mission of The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
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