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Air Force Salutes Geek Warriors With Cyberspace Badge

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The internet warriors of the US Air Force have finally been properly recognized: 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 honor? 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.


Lightning! Globe! Wings! Orbits! When all they really want is an ASCII Olivia Munn. [USAF via Geekosystem]