56th RQS Challenge Coin
The 56th Rescue Squadron or 56th RQS is part of the 31st Fighter Wing, stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The squadron was previously assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England. 56th RQS operates HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters to carry out search and rescue missions.
The 56th Rescue Squadron’s mission is to conduct combat-ready search and rescue missions using HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters capable of executing all-weather search and rescue missions day or night in hostile environments in support of USAFE, USEUCOM, and NATO operations. It utilizes state-of-the-art communication and navigation system along with advanced search and rescue equipment. 56th RQS is capable of deploying to any theater of operations in the world.
They asked to build a unique custom challenge coin that can represent the spirit of the squadron. They ordered a coin that was shaped like a footprint of a giant. This represents the Sikorsky HH-3 helicopter, a type of aircraft that they use, which is also called the Jolly Green Giant. They also requested us to place the illustration of the Green Jolly Giants on one side, and a mountain goat on the other.
This is definitely a distinctive, very cool green custom challenge coin.
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