The Air Force Mongrels dropped their Pit Bull patch recently after they realized it too closely resembled a symbol associated with a white supremacist group in Pennsylvania with a couple of dozen members.
The morale patch of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron resembles the pit bull patch of the Keystone State Skinheads.
The civil engineer squadron at Osan has replaced its pit bull morale patch because it too closely resembled a symbol associated with a white supremacist group, according to a wing statement Tuesday.
Col. John Gonzales, commander of the 51st Fighter Wing, ordered the change after an internal review “on all Unit Emblems, Mottos, Nicknames and Other Symbols” back in October and December, wing spokesman Master Sgt. Joshua Garcia said in an email Tuesday to Stars and Stripes.
The morale patch of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Mongrels” depicted a pit bull with a striking resemblance to what the Anti-Defamation League has labeled as a racist symbol.
While the wing did not name a particular hate group, its statement said the squadron’s red, white and black patch was similar to a graphic used by a known and active extremist group in the United States.
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