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USAF SAC Olympic Arena Buttons - The competition began as the SAC Missile Combat Competition, Curtain Raiser, in 1967 with the 351st Strategic Missile Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo being the first winners and continued as Olympic Arena from 1969 to 1993. It was conducted annually at Vandenberg AFB, California. The official name changed slightly on occasion, as did number of participants from the missile wings. There were teams and crews from Operations, Maintenance, Munitions, Communications, Civil Engineers and Security. they underwent intense exercise scenarios during several days at Vandenberg. Scores were posted each night and the winners announced on the final night at the end of the competitive exercises.

 

The buttons were worn and traded by attendees at the competitions at Vandenberg. This collection is mainly Whiteman AFB buttons with the exception of the large 1983 button which shows both the Minuteman and Titan missiles.

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Blanchard (Missile Competition Winners)-please click on pictures to see all the information

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Button close-ups:

-1st Button is an early version, date yet unknown

-1971 Whiteman AFB

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CHECK AIR! Thanks for the memories.


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GOD Bless Texas And All That Serve Her

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He guys! Thank you. Has anyone gone to the historic Minuteman Missile site in South Dakota? It’s still on my bucket list.

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A photo of the Olympic Arena coveted Missile Competition Blanchard Trophey awarded to the winning missile wing. It has both the Titan and Minuteman missiles on the trophey.

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Here are some 8th Air Force pins related to the Missile Competition. The pin depicting the train was based on the deployment design being considered in the early 1960's in which Minuteman missiles were placed on a train system (crazy right). The system was tested in 1961 but by December 1961 the system was considered too expensive and vulnerable and thus dropped.

 

About the patch (I've put that one on my reunion jacket)-Eighth Air Force Missile Crew Member: This patch was worn by missileers assigned to Eighth Air Force

missile units. The patch purportedly depicts a Titan II missile, and this is supported by the fact that the patch
first showed up at the Titan wings (circa 1983). Although it's apparently a Titan patch, it is known to have
been worn at Minuteman units in this NAF (Numbered Air Force) as well. The missile represents the NAF’s
ICBMs and the target above it symbolizes bull's-eye accuracy. These patches have been observed in bright yellow and
also in a more attractive golden orange. The remaining colors are red white, and blue.
Source: Air Force Missile Patches
Official & Unofficial, 1954-Present
by Gregory W. Ogletree
Revised and Expanded Version

 

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Neat stuff.That trophy is amazing!


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Thank you patchcollector. A friend of mine is donating items to the Minuteman Missile National park site in SD. Our base earned the trophey more times than any other missile unit during the cold war. Our Base Commanders did enjoy bragging rights.

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Two new additions to the SAC 351st SMW Whiteman AFB Olympic Arena Missile Combat Competition Button collection: 1979 & 1980

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New additions to the SAC Olympic Arena Missile Competition Collection. These are all pins, mostly 91st & 341st Strategic Missile Wings, 3901st SMES, and a rare 351st SMW "351" pin. These were traded amongst the various wing participants at missile competitions at Vandenberg.

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On the 351st pin it incorporates the silhouette of a B-2 bomber on the 3 to commemorate the transition of our base to a B-2 bomber base from a Minuteman missile mission and the 1 portion of 351 is a minuteman missile (symbolizing past and present).

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These are 1972 SAC Olympic Arena Missile Competition Tabs.

 

1) 351 SMW OA Arc/Tab: This silk-screened blue and white felt crown dates from the very first missile competition in 1967. It is visible on the right arms of competitors pictured in the May L967 issue of Combat Crew. (Whiteman competitors wore the Eighth Air Force shield on their other arm.) In the 1971 competition, it was worn on the right arm above the wing patch.

 

2) Whiteman AFB OA Arc/Tab: Similar to the crown patch above and, in fact, a companion for it that was worn

on the left arm above the 17th Strategic Aerospace Division patch during the 1971 competition.tu' These

patches were golden yellow and dark blue.

 

3) (this patch I do not have) Whiteman AFB OA 1972 Patch drawing: Created for participants from the 351 SMW. This unusual patch, which is neither embroidered or silk-screened (it's like felt on a twill base), is red on white twill - similar design as the 71, 72, 74 buttons I have. It was worn on the left arm this year because wear of the patch for the 17 STRAD, inactivated the previous year, was no longer appropriate.

 

Source: Major Greg OgletreE, USAF Ret.

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Sorry about the typos in my last post. I just wanted to make sure the source was clear: Major Greg Ogletree, USAF Ret. He has spent a great deal time researching the history of Strategic Air Command patches and the missile badge in an effort to preserve the legacy of the Strategic Air Command.

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