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   5th Bomb Wing
[b]Emblem Significance:[/b] The 5th Bomb Wing emblem was taken from the original 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Group. The significance of the green and white are symbolic of the historical infancy of aviation, under Air Service. The vertical nubule line, dividing the shield of the emblem, is symbolic of strategic reconnaissance in the upper realms. The winged death's head is the militant representation of the mission of the wing. The motto "Kiai O Ka Lewa," translates to "Guardians of the Upper Realms," a Hawaiian expression frequently used in battle, not unlike ancient war cries. Tradition has it that there were invisible birds, Kiwaka and Halula, which were birds of the state or of the realms. The motto is taken from the names of these birds and represents the historical reconnaissance mission of the unit. [i](Source: 5 BW History Pamphlet, 2002)[/i]

[b]Translation:[/b] KIAI O KA LEWA = Guardians of the Upper Realms
Keywords: subdued

5th Bomb Wing

Emblem Significance: The 5th Bomb Wing emblem was taken from the original 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Group. The significance of the green and white are symbolic of the historical infancy of aviation, under Air Service. The vertical nubule line, dividing the shield of the emblem, is symbolic of strategic reconnaissance in the upper realms. The winged death's head is the militant representation of the mission of the wing. The motto "Kiai O Ka Lewa," translates to "Guardians of the Upper Realms," a Hawaiian expression frequently used in battle, not unlike ancient war cries. Tradition has it that there were invisible birds, Kiwaka and Halula, which were birds of the state or of the realms. The motto is taken from the names of these birds and represents the historical reconnaissance mission of the unit. (Source: 5 BW History Pamphlet, 2002)

Translation: KIAI O KA LEWA = Guardians of the Upper Realms

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Album name:sp-eagle Units Numbered 0005
Keywords:subdued
Inscription:KIAI O KA LEWA
Base:Minot AFB, North Dakota
Elements:http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=9624
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Date added:May 06, 2009
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