The U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Command patch, which has its headquarters at Ramstein Air Base (AB), Germany.
The 86th Wing patch at Ramstein AB – “Virtus Perdurat” or Enduring Courage – was redesignated from the 86th Fighter Wing on 1 June 1992 – and later became the 86th Airlift Wing on 1 October 1994.
The 86th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) patch at Ramstein AB, Germany, from 13 October 1969 to 1 May 1991 – when it was then redesignated the 86th Fighter Wing.
The 86th Wing, “Freedom’s Finest” patch was redesigned to display only the F-16, “Fighting Falcon” logo on 1 June 1992 – when the wing was redesignated from the 86th Fighter Wing.
The 86th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW), “Freedom’s Finest” patch was created after the wing converted to the F-16, “Fighting Falcon” in 1985.
I was assigned to the 86th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) and was part of the, “Weapons and Tactics Office” as the 86th Wing Electronic Combat Officer – at Hahn AB the Weapons and Tactics Office had been part of the Director of Operations (DO) Staff.
Here’s my name tag in the 86th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) – I’ve always liked the larger size cloth name tags the best.
Here’s my name tag in the smaller version with the black, “naugahyde leather” backing material behind it.
This must have been the 86th Wing Staff scarf at the time but I don’t have a photo to verify it; the DO Staff scarf at Hahn AB was just the reverse – blue F-16s on a gray background.
This was the 86th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) scarf at the time I was assigned to Ramstein AB, Germany.
The “Multinational Aircrew Electronic Warfare Tactics Facility – Polygone” patch, which is an Electronic Combat Range that I did a lot of work with as the 86th Wing Electronic Combat Officer – the range was part of the 86th Wing and greater Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) at the time; and jointly run by: Detachment 2, 86 Operations Group USAFE, The German Air Force and the French Air Force.