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Hawaii National Guard Unit Emblems: 109 ACWS

September 25, 2020

109th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

Blazon: On a blue disc diagonally divided from upper left to lower right by a yellow cloud formation throughout base, a representation of Menehune (a dwarf-like figure with white hair and beard, clad in a red loin cloth) riding with legs thrust high and forward, coaster fashion, above and gripping by means of two red lightning shaped reins attached to a red lightning flash, with white eye and teeth, descending diagonally downwards and emitting two red sparks off the front part of the lightning which accentuate the general speed.

Significance: Because of their ability to perform important tasks in a single night and complete by dawn the work undertaken, the industrious menehune was chosen as an emblem symbolic of the mission of the 109th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. Like the menehune who worked while others slept secure, the 109th AC&W Squadron keeps vigil while others are at rest.

The emblem was approved on October 30, 1953. 

The information above is from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s HANG 25 booklet. No one is identified as the emblem designer.


Important dates in the history of the 109th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron:

November 1, 1950: 109th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (Type F) organized. (General Order No. 21, November 1950)

December 4, 1950: Federal Recognition of 109[h Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (Type F) announced. (General Order No. 3, January 1951)

July 16, 1951: 109th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron redesignated from Type F to Fixed. (General Order No. 24, July 1951)

March 5, 1967: 109th Aircraft Control and Waning Squadron (Fixed) inactivated. (General Order No. 1, February 1967

The 201st Mobile Communications Squadron received Federal Recognition on March 6, 1967. Some personnel from the 109 ACWS transferred to the 201 MCS, while others moved to the 169th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at Wheeler AFB.

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