Air Command Christmas Card - Picture & Description
Strategic Air Command Memorial Window
The following text appears on the
SAC Christmas card:
The ray of golden light is symbolic of God's will. His
revelation. His influence. In the fullness of God's will stands man,
mature in mind and dedicated in spirit, responding to the challenge of God
to serve his age. Behind him is his family, symbolic of all families
he is dedicated to protect.
Around and above man are the means given him by God to
carry out his work. To the right are isobars indicative of weather
services. Above are the planes he flies, one of which is being
refueled in flight. The main flight of aircraft is bathed in golden
light similar that descending from God, reminiscent of the motto, "Peace
is Our Profession," and that this is the labor of God - fearing men.
Global scope is indicated near each of the four corners by the outlines of
quarter sections of a world map based on a north polar projection.
Streaking across, in a upward curve, is the path of power, inspired by the
trail of a missile or space craft.
Window was created to memorialize SAC combat crew
personnel killed in performance of duty. It is located in the Chapel
of Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha Nebraska.
The general thrust of this is that God gave SAC jet bombers, ICBM
missiles and nuclear bombs so that it could do "His will." SAC's
primary mission was Peace, which SAC maintained by providing a
strong deterrent. If that failed, then SAC's mission became
the mass destruction of the enemy. Today we know that a nuclear war
would have resulted in the greenhouse effect that would have eventually
killed all life on earth. What role does "God's will" play in all
this? ... Marv