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Vance Air Force Base Airmen Wear 'My Little Pony' Patch
NewsOn6 ^ | 31 July 2013 | Richard Clark

Posted on 08/03/2013 7:06:12 AM PDT by Politically Correct

ENID, Oklahoma - A class of U.S. Air Force airmen learning how to fly at Vance Air Force Base near Enid is becoming an internet sensation, thanks to a patch.
Every class of pilots in training at Vance Air Force Base picks its own patch. Class 14-05 picked one that's based on the cartoon "My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic". The patch reads "My Little Pilot, Flying Is Magic".

According to Air Force Times, My Little Pony has become popular with some members of the military, as well as other adults. These older fans are called "Bronies," short for "bro ponies."

Vance's Bronie patch was first publicized by the Bronie web site equestriadaily.com earlier this month. The rest is internet history.

A spokesman for Vance Air Force Base, 1st Lt. Thomas Barger, told the Air Force Times all class patches at Vance are unofficial and are worn only during pilot training.

Read the Air Force Times Story.

Lt. Barger, who handles public affairs for the 71st Flying Training Wing based at Vance, says choosing the patch has paid off.

"It was kind of a fluke," Barger told the Air Force Times.

"During a slide show presentation while previewing the different patch options, the student presenter threw the ‘My Little Pilot' patch design into the mix as an ironic joke. That patch made it all the way through the approval process and is even more ironic since the class never really wanted it in the first place," said Lt. Barger.

"They thought it was so off the wall that it was hilarious. They have embraced the irony and humor of the patch and in so doing have fostered closer ties with each other."

Selection of the patch also fits the history of the U.S. military, which has a long history of adopting cartoon characters as mascots for squadrons and other units.

Lt. Barger tells News On 6 he's amazed by the reaction the patch has received on the internet. He says the pilots are too busy with their training to give the patch much more thought. But he definitely sees the humor in the situation.

"Our allied partners send their student pilots here to train because the United States Air Force is known for its air superiority around the globe, and now perhaps, in the land of Equestria... perhaps the Wonderbolts will start sporting a U.S. Air Force patch of their own," he said.



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: celebrateperversity; cultureofcorruption; dontaskdonttell; gaymilitary; lavendermafia; mylittlepony; obamalegacy
Heh!
1 posted on 08/03/2013 7:06:12 AM PDT by Politically Correct
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To: Politically Correct

Ask and they’ll tell.


2 posted on 08/03/2013 7:12:57 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Politically Correct

My class patch was “The Good Hands People” with a pair of hands holding a red barn. :)


3 posted on 08/03/2013 7:15:57 AM PDT by DaveArk
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To: Politically Correct

The mascot of the B-52 maintanance at Walker AFB (back in 1966-67) in Roswell NM, was Donald Duck with a wrench in his hand.


4 posted on 08/03/2013 7:18:15 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Politically Correct

Well...I guess with a homo “leading” the AF, the homo stuff emerges like a t**d floating up.


5 posted on 08/03/2013 7:23:05 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Politically Correct

Well...I guess with a homo “leading” the AF, the homo stuff emerges like a t**d floating up.


6 posted on 08/03/2013 7:23:05 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Politically Correct

Why just tell when you can advertise your homosexuality with a patch for all to see.


7 posted on 08/03/2013 7:26:02 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Politically Correct

The end is near.


8 posted on 08/03/2013 7:37:15 AM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: bgill

Now we have “broneys” in the Air Force...?

Holy cr@p.........


9 posted on 08/03/2013 7:53:12 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Politically Correct

The U.S. Air Force has gone from “The Right Stuff” and Chuck Yeager to “My little Pilot”.


10 posted on 08/03/2013 7:54:23 AM PDT by detective
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To: Politically Correct

I think some folks on here need to lighten up just a bit. I wonder how they’d react to the famous “Powerpoint” tab. Probably call for UCMJ action, I wager.


11 posted on 08/03/2013 7:56:22 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Politically Correct; mickie
To put things into context for the uninformed (like I was).....apparently there is a substantial fan base of both male and female homosexuals for the "My Little Pink Pony", doll, TV show, merchandise, eyelashes, etc.

I do think, however, that the airmens' pink patch shown above is done more in satire and lampooning than emulation or approval.

Leni

12 posted on 08/03/2013 7:56:50 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Politically Correct

13 posted on 08/03/2013 7:59:55 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Future Snake Eater; MinuteGal

I have to agree with you both. This is satire and humor, and these guys deserve to blow off steam. Hell, they’re probably using it as a way to make fun of the ‘mos they’re now forced to put up with!


14 posted on 08/03/2013 8:00:34 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: stormer

15 posted on 08/03/2013 8:02:18 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Politically Correct

They allow this crap yet they ban aircraft nose art with pretty girls.


16 posted on 08/03/2013 8:05:58 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Unit morale patches have been around a long time. They will ban these eventually. I don’t see any problem with this.

When I was sent to Iraq with my ECS (Electronic Combat Squadron), our unit morale patch was Kenny from South Park getting electrocuted. Around the edges said, “Oh my God, they jammed Kenny!”


17 posted on 08/03/2013 8:14:42 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Lighten up, HELL! Most of us old timers served in the era of men. Today’s military is a little girl infested playground for social engineering and queerdom


18 posted on 08/03/2013 8:33:30 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Third Person

Hallelujah!!


19 posted on 08/03/2013 8:44:48 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Azeem

Unit morale patches have been around a long time. They will ban these eventually. I don’t see any problem with this.


I know all about morale patches. It’s the sissy stuff I can’t abide.


20 posted on 08/03/2013 8:46:36 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; atc23

As I posted earlier, these guys are probably using the patches as a way to make fun of the very things about which you’ve commented.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 9:01:15 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Have you noted changes in the military over the last few years?


22 posted on 08/03/2013 9:06:43 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Of course there have been very drastic, damaging changes. That’s why I think these guys are using the My Little Pony logo. It’s a great way to use the absurd to demonstrate the absurd, and the ‘mos can’t protest because it looks like these guys are just being inclusive of alternative life styles.


23 posted on 08/03/2013 9:10:27 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Politically Correct

LOL! Shows that these guys have a great sense of humor.


24 posted on 08/03/2013 9:14:43 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Future Snake Eater
I think some folks on here need to lighten up just a bit. I wonder how they’d react to the famous “Powerpoint” tab. Probably call for UCMJ action, I wager.

Right. This is nothing new. Each class comes up with their own patch. Usually it's something from popular culture. When I was at Vance in 1990, we had patches that said "Can't Touch This"...ala MC Hammer. Other classes had Bart Simpson, Snoopy and Calvin.

"Friday" shirts and patches are popular in the USAF and aid in camaraderie.

25 posted on 08/03/2013 9:17:07 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (People in America are still tried in the courts rather than by left-wing protesters or by the media.)
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To: Politically Correct

Kinda sets the Gaydar off!


26 posted on 08/03/2013 9:41:47 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Politically Correct
You forgot to post a pic of their preferred patch:


27 posted on 08/03/2013 9:57:56 AM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: Utilizer

LOL!


28 posted on 08/03/2013 10:22:12 AM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Yeah, but our mate Donald was no moosh. I’ve yet to meet a poofta that could match his temper or toughness. Donald was/is a true scrapper and could definitely chew iron nails and spit out tacks. No Nancyboy there!


29 posted on 08/03/2013 12:24:05 PM PDT by Utilizer (Axes flash, Broadswords swing, shining battle-armour ring! ...How many of them can we make die?!)
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To: detective

During my days in the army (1964-1967) Batman was the thing all the guys flocked around the TV to watch.

I served in both the 5th Army Band at Ft Sheridan Il and the 74th Army band at Ft Ben Harrison IN (Uncle Bennies Rest Home).

Batman was very popular during my 74th Army band days and the band played the theme song from it quite often.

I even had a ‘Batman’ insignia on the back of my music lyre.
Picture at: http://dglang.com/Dan%20in%20Army%201967

Music at my website dglang.com under the 74th army band page.


30 posted on 08/03/2013 2:06:55 PM PDT by dglang
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