This is the U.S. Air Forces in Europe or “USAFE” Command patch for the leather flight jacket.
This is the U.S. Air Forces in Europe or “USAFE” Command patch.
HQ 3rd Air Force was the Numbered Air Force (NAF) that RAF Upper Heyford was assigned to in the U.K.
This is the 20th TFW “Victory By Valor” patch that we wore at RAF Upper Heyford while I was assigned to the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which was later redesignated as the 79th Fighter Squadron in October 1991.
I was assigned to the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron when I arrived at RAF Upper Heyford, which was the association founder of the “NATO Tiger Association.”
In October 1991, the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing was redesignated as the 20th Fighter Wing, and the 79th TFS was redesignated as the 79th FS.
The change from 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron to 79th Fighter Squadron occured in October 1991 – five months after my arrival at RAF Upper Heyford, U.K.
This is the 30th Anniversary patch of the NATO Tiger Association, which was created for the 1990 NATO Tiger Meet – hosted by the 79th TFS at RAF Upper Heyford, U.K.
Here’s the subdued version of the 79th TFS “Tiger”patch, which looks really good in these darker colors – like a Tiger in the jungle at night – representing the night Terrain Following Radar (TFR) mission of the F-111E.
This is the NATO Tigers, “Hard to be Humble” TDY patch – which is my favorite – and is the best Tiger design ever created for a squadron patch.
A close-up of the Tiger image on the NATO Tigers patch – the 79th TFS was the founding association member of the NATO Tigers.
My name tag in the 79th TFS with my Mission Ready or “MR” Tiger pin attached, which we received after passing our Tactical Check Ride.
This is a new “clean” name tag of mine that doesn’t show the wear of daily use.
It was noticed that when my name is abbreviated, “Jones, MD” – it looks like I’m a Doctor (which I’m not) – so “Doctor Jones” became my new squadron call sign.
This is my favorite name tag – with only my, “Doctor” callsign on it.
This is a close-up of my Mission Ready or “MR” Tiger pin attached to my name tag – the only squadron I’ve been in that did this – because they’re Tigers, of course!
Here’s my subdued name tag – with my first and last names stitched at different levels making everything unbalanced.
My name tag for the leather flight jacket.
This is the 79th TFS NATO Tigers “Hard to be Humble” Mess Dress badge – made in the finest tradition of British RAF badges.
A close-up of the NATO Tigers “Hard to be Humble” Mess Dress badge of the 79th TFS, RAF Upper Heyford, U.K.
Our Tiger design was the best ever, and the 79th TFS “NATO Tigers” Mess Dress badge recreates the Tiger image very faithfully.
The 79th Fighter Squadron’s 75th Anniversary patch, celebrating 75 years of Tiger excellence – from 1918 to 1993.
The 79th TFS had just returned from the Persian Gulf War when I arrived at RAF Upper Heyford, and this is a generic F-111 “Desert Storm” patch depicting a night Terrain Following Radar (TFR) mission.
This is the “F-111 Aardvark “Whispering Death” patch – describing the high-speed low-level Terrain Following Radar (TFR) capabilities of the F-111 family of aircraft.
This is a small litho of the F-111E that doesn’t document the artist on it.
Of course, a Tiger Mess Dress uniform needed a Tiger bow tie to complete the package, and this is a scanned image of my Tiger bow tie.
The 79th TFS NATO Tigers had the best Tiger scarf ever, and wearing it was an honor and a privilege representing 75 years of Tiger excellence.
At one end of our Tiger scarf in the 79th TFS was the F-111E two ship and the “79th NATO Tigers” inscription.
The other end of our scarf had the, “79th TFS NATO Tigers” and “Hard to be Humble” inscriptions – along with the classic snarling Tiger image.
When it comes to Tiger designs, ours was the very best ever of a snarling Tiger that wasn’t to be messed with by anyone.
A close-up of the snarling Tiger depicted on our 79th TFS “NATO Tiger” scarf.
This is my NATO Tigers coin, with the “Association Founders 1960” inscription on the front – along with the classic image of the snarling Tiger.
Here’s the back of my 79th FS “NATO Tigers” coin with the dates, “1918 – 1993” – with my name and rank inscribed – representing 75 years of Tiger excellence – “Tiger, Tiger!”