424th & 420th

424th Air Base Squadron

In April 1995 the 7020th ABS was re-designated the 424th Air Base Squadron (424th ABS)

The 3 elements of the patch that are represented are the bomb on the bottom right (for the munitions unit at Welford),
the runway (one of the longest in the UK at the time) and the globe (symbolizing global reach).

Challenge Coins

424th ABS – “ALWAYS READY ANYTIME EVERY TIME”
424th ABS – Commanders Award For Excellence

420th Air Base Group

On 14 January 2004, the 420th Air Base Group (420 ABG) was established at RAF Fairford

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The red cross denotes the Cross of St. Michael, symbolic of England, host
to the units under this command. The Air Force roundel is a reminder of the group’s Second
World War roots and its long, proud history of mission accomplishments. The polestar
represents the single true course followed by the unit, the vital role it plays in the success of
NATO.

Challenge Coins

420th ABG Commander – “Airpowah”
420th ABG Commander – Together We Prevail
Team 420 – Home Of The Fairford Fox

The 420th Air Base Group was officially de-activated on Tues 6th Oct 2009

420th Air Base Squadron

Activated 12th May 2005 – RAF Fairford
Assigned to 420th ABG

420th ABS

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The globe and flight line supported by the armored hands represent the
squadron’s mission: to support flight operations as part of Air Force global reach. The motto
“Animis Opibusque Parati” in Latin translates to English “Ready for Anything.”

420th Air Base Squadron – Animis Opibusque Parati “Big Impact Small Footprint”

420th Civil Engineer Squadron

420th Civil Engineer Sq

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The knight signifies the unyielding determination of squadron personnel,
their will to fight and their might to make it happen. The runway alludes to the unit’s forward
operating location and its ties to NATO.

420th Munitions Squadron

420th Munitions Sq

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The Anglo-Saxon battle axe alludes to the geographical location of the
RAF Welford relative to the nearby town of Wantage, which stands in isolation amid the English
countryside. The Anglo-Saxon Thorn Rune on the battle axe signifies “Silent Strength Waiting
to be Unleashed”. The MK 84 JDAM missile signifies the explosive power and the era of
Precision Engagement. The enflamed bomb shell represents the squadron’s unyielding
determination and might for mission successes.

The 420th Munitions Squadron, realigned under the 422 ABG July 1 2009.
It remains in place at RAF Welford

420th Security Forces Squadron

420th SFS

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The rampant griffin symbolizes security forces guarding Air Force
personnel and resources. The unit’s Latin motto “IN OMINA PARATUS” in English means
“Prepared for all Things.”

MOD 420th SFS

420th Logistics Readiness Squadron

420th Logistics Readiness Sq
Global Support

Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the
primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of
Air Force personnel. The lightning bolt represents the speed of Combat Agile Support being
displayed on the Supply, Vehicle Maintenance, Transportation and Logistics Plans duty badges.
The wrench symbolizes the largest mission of maintaining War Reserve Material assets in
support of NATO’s only Global Power Forward Operating Location. Collectively, all elements
combined represent the motto, “Global Support.”

 

420th Logistice Readiness Squadron – Commanders Coin “Never A Dull Moment – Get Sum!”
420th Logistics Readiness Squadron “Never A Dull Moment – Get Sum!”

From 2010 the 420th ABS was assigned to the 422nd ABG located at RAF Croughton

 

Unknown Squadron Coins

RAF Fairford / RAF Welford England RAF Fairford Top 3 – Leading Tomorrows Leaders Today
Air Force Sergeants Association Cotswold Chapter – Taking Care of Our Own