TAN SON NHUT --- Winner of the recent 460th field Maintenance Squadron's
emblem contest is SSgt. Gregory Featherston. Sergeant Featherston is assigned to the
460th Egress Shop which maintains the seat ejection systems in the RF-4 Phantom.
The winning selection was announced by Col. Eugene Bartolich, 460th FMS commander, who
originally started the contest for an emblem to represent the squadron.
According to Sergeant Featherston, his entry was created with simplicity in mind.
He used bold lines and only a few colors to contribute to an easily recognizable patch.
The crossed wrench and screwdriver on the patch represent the tools used by squadron
personnel to perform maintenance on aircraft and aerospace equipment. An aircraft
replica depicts the product of this maintenance.
Also a cogwheel encircled aircraft and tools symbolize the squadron's unity, each cog
representing one of the many shops or functions working together to accomplish their mission.
All those symbols are set against a deep blue circle, symbolizing the squadron's position in
relation to the entire Air Force. The words above and below the circle, "460th FMS"
and "Professionals" designate the squadron and describe the men assigned.
When asked how he came up with his design, Sergeant Featherston replied, "I wanted to design
an emblem which would reflect the sense of belonging and pride which is clearly evident amont
the members of the squadron. At the same time, I wanted to emphasize the importance
of the squadron's mission and the excellence of its personnel."
Sergeant Featherston, who has been stationed here since September 1967, stated he has long
felt the 460th FMS should have something to represent the unit and its men. "All the
other squadrons in the wing had their own patches, and I was happy to see we too would soon
have an emblem to claim as our own."