The internet warriors of the US Air Force have finally been properly recognised: the USAF just introduced a Cyberspace Badge. It’s about about time the grunts on the front lines of network warfare got their wings.
There are three levels of the badge: Basic, Senior and Jedi Master. But how do you attain one of these accessories of honour? Existing holders of the “communications and information badge” are eligible after taking something called the X-Course. And anyone else with at least a year of cyberspace duty under their belt – and that X-Course completion – can qualify.
As for the design, according to Air Force brass it holds “significant meaning”:
The lightning bolt wings signify the cyberspace domain while the globe signifies the projection of cyber power world-wide. The globe, combined with lightning bolt wings, signifies the Air Force’s common communications heritage. The bolted wings, centered on the globe, are a design element from the Air Force Seal signifying the striking power through air, space and cyberspace. The orbits signify the space dimension of the cyberspace domain.