EXPLORING RANKS/KNOTS -Reply -Reply
Jim Van Hecke (vanhecke_j_f_jr@LANL.GOV)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 11:00:01 -0700
We called it the Air Explorer Silver Award, because we were Air Explorers.
The name of our unit was "Air Explorer Squadron 99". We wore the Air
Explorer uniform which was a light blue long-sleeve shirt, light blue pants, a
light blue "overseas cap", a white belt, and a white merit badge sash.
We had Assistant Crew leaders, Crew Leaders and a Sr. Crew Leader. Their
badge of office was a gold wing with blue stripes, or a gray wing (I don't
remember the significance of the gray wing, unless it reflected an adult status
of some sort).
The "ratings" you mentioned were indeed TOUGH. I got the Aviation,
Navigation, Outdoor, and Emergency Service ratings. The ratings were small
red strips with black embroidery.
The ranks were Apprentice, Bronze, Gold, and Silver. In addition to earning a
rating for each rank, there were time in rank requirements, service
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