Heritage & Protocol


     Click on the title card or title of each PACEsetter below to download the PDF.


Target Audience: All Personnel

Airmanship is a mindset. A certainty you feel in everything you do. You believe in your oath to serve your country. You embrace the Air Force core values and you’re ready to achieve whatever the Air Force asks of you. You know the standards of behavior, the way to wear your uniform.  And you help your fellow Airmen if they forget.  Your Airmanship is the most important part of the United States Air Force. 

Chain of Command

Target Audience: All Personnel

The chain of command should be used to resolve problems and seek answers at the lowest possible level. It is the system used to ensure each individual receives instructions for a particular task; and it's an authority and accountability chain from the highest office or position within the chain to the lowest element. Conduct an exercise using the “telephone game” that highlights the importance of the Chain of Command and, if broken, how communication fails. 

The Little Blue Book

Discussion Guide

The Little Blue Book serves as a guide to the principles that make us strong. Wherever you are in your Air Force career, it is a reminder as to the meaning of service in The Profession of Arms.

Meaning of the Air Force Symbol

Target Audience: All Personnel
The U.S. Air Force symbol honors the heritage of our past and represents the promise of our future. It retains the core elements of our Air Corps heritage -- the "Arnold" wings and star with circle -- and modernizes them to reflect our air and space force of today and tomorrow. Each facet of the U.S. Air Force symbol is described. The elements come together to form an image of who we are and what we do.

Respect and Recognition

Target Audience: Total Force 
Foster common acts of courtesy among all Air Force personnel. Common acts of courtesy among all Air Force personnel aid in maintaining discipline and promoting the smooth conduct of affairs in the profession of arms. Every Airman must employ and enforce these common acts of courtesy on and off-duty every day:  Respect for authority, positions of honor, and titles of address.

Reveille and Retreat 

Target Audience: Total Force
Remind all personnel of the heritage, pride, esprit de corps and unit cohesion that can result from performing the ceremonies of reveille and retreat as a unit. Take time to organize and/or participate in one of these time-honored traditions.

The U.S. Flag

Target Audience: Total Force


This PACEsetter provides quick, practical tips for arranging flags for both indoor and outdoor events such as correct height, straightening of staffs, and the draping of flags.