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Original USAF Airman's Coin.


Award criteria and meaning

The Airman's coin is a Challenge coin that is awarded to United States Air Force Airmen upon completion of either Basic Military Training or Officer Training School. The Airman's coin is used to welcome new junior enlisted and Second Lieutenants into the United States Air Force as well as to give the newest members a link to the heritage of the Air Force. The Airman's coin is awarded near the end of Basic Military Training and marks the transition from trainee to Airman.[1] It is usually awarded by the individuals Military Training Instructor. The Airman's coin is the first Challenge coin awarded to Airmen and is the foundation for an Airman's unique Challenge coin collection.[2]


The coin features on one side the an eagle clawing its way out of the coin with the words "Aerospace Power" underneath it. The entire image is circled with the sentence "Awarded on the occasion of becoming an airman in the world's best Air Force". The reverse of the coin has a white star with a red dot in the center, known as a Hap Arnold star, flanked by a pair of wings. The symbol recalls the Air Force's roots in the Army Air Corps. The symbol is surrounded by the text of the Core Values of the Air Force: Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do.

See also

Challenge coin
United States Air Force


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