DAYTON AERO CADET SQUADRON 706, GLR-OH-197
Description: The design consists of a modified heater-shaped shield of blue (heraldic AZURE) for Loyalty and Truth. On this Field there is a set of spread wings in white (heraldic ARGENT) for Purity and Wisdom with the CAP circle of light blue with a white triangle and red propeller. “Squadron 706” is in white below the wings with “Civil Air Patrol” in the scroll below the shield in red (heraldic GULES) signifying Courage, Patriotism and Valor.
Significance: In the spring of 1985 a competition was held for squadron members to submit designs for a unit patch with the winning design to receive $50.00. There were three designs submitted and all three were rejected as not suitable for Civil Air Patrol. A second round of design competition was started in the fall of 1985 and a design was accepted. The patch design was submitted to Ohio Wing for approval. After a strenuous two year review of the design it was approved by the wing commander and the original order for 100 patches was placed in the fall of 1987 and has been worn by the squadron ever since.
At the time of approval it was only the second squadron patch to be approved in Group VII. As part of the design process the Air Force Heraldry guide and other sources were reviewed to choose colors and other design elements. The wing design was modified from the Air Force Pararescue patch since search and rescue is part of the squadron mission and was a strong element in its design.
The cadet design team used the $50.00 award to throw a pizza party for the squadron to celebrate the effort and accomplishment of having an approved squadron patch.
Designer: The design was the collaboration of three cadets, C/Sgt Scott Clarke, C/Sgt Dennis Layman and C/1st Greg Jones
On a side note; the unit was originally started in 1943 as a ladies auxiliary. The unit has only had its colors cased 3 times in its history. The last time the squadron was brought into existence was by then Lt Mark Swigart (now a Major). Along with Captain Sylvester Findlay Major Swigart received a small box with all of the Squadrons belongings from Les Bryant who later became the Wing Commander. Then Lt Swigart was the unit Commander at the time the Squadron patch was designed and approved. One other bit of information, the unit patch was also one of the first in the Wing.