The emblem portrays the expeditionary mission. The upper portion of the shield, together with the dart-like air vehicle represents expeditionary airpower capabilities. The lightning flash illustrates the great speed with which the power of the Wing can be unleashed. The lower portion of the shield is symbolic of the historic valor of the Wing's personnel past and present. The atomic symbol commemorates the Wing's operational heritage dating from the atomic era. The stars are grouped to depict the Wing's numerical designation.
Triangle "K" Insignia
The Triangle "K" insignia on the tail of the 379th's B-17s showed the group was assigned to the 1st Air Division and the "K" designated the 379th as the 11th group to enter combat. The Triangle "K" and the 379th were known as the Grand Slam Group because it had the best bombing results, greatest tonnage of bombs dropped, largest number of aircraft attacking and the lowest abort rate in the 8th Air Force. Today the Triangle "K" still strikes fear in the heart of the enemy and stands as a symbol of excellence for combat air operations.