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Create Custom Challenge Coins for US Air Force Day in August

May 13th, 2014

August 1st is US Air Force Day.  Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to thank your Air Force members for their service this year.  Might we suggest a gift of a custom challenge coin?  Historically speaking, coins have been used to honor, thank, and reward military members for decades.

The History of the United States Air Force

The US Air Force has been around since 1947.  It was initially a part of the US Army but split off to form its own branch of the military over sixty years ago.  The US Air Force is one of the seven American uniformed services and one of three military departments making up the Department of Defense.

According to, “The U.S. Air Force provides air support to ground troops and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2012, the service operates 5,484 aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 satellites. It has a $140 billion budget with 332,854 active personnel, 185,522 civilian personnel, 71,400 reserve personnel, and 106,700 air guard personnel.”

Famous Members of the US Air Force

Throughout the years, a number of celebrities have served our country.  According to the Huffington Post, some famous members of the Air Force included:

  • Comedian Drew Carey
  • Rapper Ice-T
  • Rapper MC Hammer
  • Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony award winner Mel Brooks
  • Actor Chuck Norris
  • Four-Time Emmy winner Dennis Franz
  • Motivation speaker and former talk show host Montel Williams
  • Actor and comedian Bill Cosby
  • · Actor Tom Selleck
  • · Actor Kirk Douglas
  • · Actor Gene Hackman
  • · Actor Clint Eastwood
  • · Comedian Don Rickles
  • · Actor Mickey Rooney
  • · Actor Kris Kristofferson
  • · Comedian Carl Reiner
  • · Actor on the show, the A Team, Mr. T
  • Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak
  • Singer Tony Bennett

As you can see from the list above, there were a lot of famous comedians, singers, and actors who served our country.  Today’s list is growing by the minute.  Let us commend those individuals for the sacrifice that they made and the determination that they have shown by being part of our uniformed services here in the United States.

Create custom challenge coins for US Air Force Day in August.  Commemorate the occasion in a special way in 2014.  Contact Signature Coins with your request for an Air Force-themed challenge coin.  Our team of talented designers will work with you to make sure that your custom challenge coins are every bit as attractive and meaningful as you intended them to be.

Email your request to  You can also call 1-800-953-3607 toll-free.  Speak to a representative about your ideas.  We’ll be more than happy to give you feedback on ways to make your custom challenge coins stand out even more.

Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Creates Challenge Coins for Graduation

January 2nd, 2012

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) was founded in 1948.  Its mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win in air, space, and cyberspace.  Consisting of 33 flying wings, 12 flying groups, and 1 space wing, the AFRC has several core values including “Integrity First,” “Service Before Self,” and “Excellence in All We Do”.

We were recently contact by the AFRC.  They wanted a special challenge coin created that reflected their rich history and values.  Using their design ideas, we were able to come up with a design featuring custom artwork that was unique and memorable.  This gives recipients of the custom coins something to look back on and remember the time that they spent with the Air Force Reserve Command.

Honoring Graduates with a Meaningful Gift

Military challenge coins make meaningful graduation gifts.  They are custom made which adds to their relevance and uniqueness.  No two customers will ever have the exact same design.  This is one of the biggest advantages of using a company like Signature Coins to create your commencement ceremony challenge coins.  Your custom products will be exactly the way you want them to be.

Recognizing Specific Accomplishments Like Levels of Flight

Air Force challenge coins can be created to signify different accomplishments.  Students that reach a certain level of training are awarded a custom coin highlighting their performance.  A new coin can be offered at each level of flight.  This is a great way to keep students motivated and working toward their goals.

Presentation Options for Your Luncheon, Banquet or Ceremony

Military members that receive multiple challenge coins can be honored at a luncheon, banquet or awards ceremony.  Their custom coins can be presented in a velvet box or acrylic coin case.  We offer both presentation options for sale on our website.  In fact, here are a few of the options you have to choose from:

  • PVC Envelopes (FREE with every order)
  • Plastic Coin Capsules
  • Velvet Bags
  • Acrylic Coin Cases
  • Velvet Coin Boxes
  • Plastic Stands

You can view a picture of each challenge coin presentation option by visiting  This will give you a better idea as to the price and benefit of each item.

If you want a special way to recognize your students or comrades, consider the positive impact custom challenge coins make on their recipients.  We work with you to create designs that reflect your values as a group, unit or organization.  Visit to learn more about the customization process.  You can also email or call 1-800-953-3607 toll-free.  We’ll be more than happy to give you a price quote and full color digital proof featuring your design free of charge.