The Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 86 Wing was presented with the Queen’s Squadron Standard at RAAF Base Amberley on November 21.

A squadron standard is awarded for 25 years of service by operational, combat support, intelligence or battlespace control squadrons and units.

It was presented by the Governor-General, General (retd) David Hurley.

Officer Commanding 86 Wing, Group Captain Steven Pesce, said it was a proud day for the wing.

“86 Wing was first formed in 1945 to undertake ground attack missions in the South-West Pacific and during this campaign was awarded battle honours,” Group Captain Pesce said.

“The Wing was disbanded in 1964 at RAAF Base Richmond and later re-established in the same location in 1987. In January 2012, 86WG relocated to Amberley and is currently responsible for Nos. 33, 34 and 36 Squadrons.

“I am proud to say, through conflicts, alliances, aircraft variations and capability upgrades, the men and women of 86 Wing have continued to excel and uphold the traditions and values of the Air Force.”

No. 86 Wing is responsible for managing the Air Force’s strategic airlift, air-to-air refuelling, and special purpose aircraft.

About 100 personnel from No. 33, 34 and 36 Squadrons participated in the ceremonial parade, which included a flypast by a C-17A Globemaster III.

Base Warrant Officer for RAAF Base Amberley, Warrant Officer Korey McGregor, said the different ceremonial flags (referred to as ‘colours’) of the Australian Defence Force held a revered position of honour.

“They are the embodiment of service traditions, achievements and history,” Warrant Officer McGregor said.

“Colours are a tangible recognition of the services' devotion to duty, the sovereign and to Australia and can take years to make.

“The edges are bordered with two bands of gold lace and floral emblems of each Australian state and territory.”