TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — They are now the Golden Bears.
Travis’ command adopted an unofficial logo that has roots that extend at least as far back as May 15, 1965, with the arrival of the base’s first C-141 Starlifter. It was nicknamed The Golden Bear and now sits on display on the base.
It was Travis commander Col. Corey Martin’s idea.
“He liked the idea of the Golden Bear and he wanted to do more with it,” said Maj. Brandon Lingle, public affairs chief for the 60th Air Mobility Wing. “It is a representation of all the airmen on base.”
The logo, designed by Staff Sgt. John Ayre, shows a stern-looking golden bear staring out from the logo, surrounded by the words Travis AFB Golden Bears.
Lingle said the logo will make appearances on the base website, in presentations by base representatives and will be part of Travis’ air show promotions.
The logo is part of a tradition on bases to come up with morale-raising logos and slogans such as ‘Team Travis” and “America’s First Choice.”
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