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Flag Precedence

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

FLAG PRECEDENCE

Here is the accepted order of precedence for displaying flags during both official and unofficial military and civilian ceremonies. AFR 900-3 standardizes their display. As you sit in an audience and face the flags, they're arranged as follows, left to right:

THE UNITED STATES FLAG

FOREIGN COUNTRY FLAGS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

STATE FLAGS (By admission to the union)
     (See Chapter 3,
Protocol Order of Precedence for listing)

SERVICE FLAGS (By order of Service (DOD Dir 1005.8))
     ARMY FLAG 11 July 1775
 MARINE FLAG 10 November 1775
 NAVY FLAG 13 October 1775*
 AIR FORCE FLAG18 September 1947
 COAST GUARD FLAG4 August 1790
 * Navy officially changed to this date. Prior to that they
were a younger service than the Marine Corps.

NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE FLAG

UNITED STATES SPACE COMMAND FLAG

MAJCOM COMMAND FLAGS (In alphabetical order—all on the same level)
     Air Combat Command
     Air Education and Training Command
     Air Force Materiel Command
     Air Force Space Command
     Air Force Special Operations Command
     Air Mobility Command
     Pacific Air Forces
     United States Air Forces in Europe

FIELD OPERATING AGENCIES

AIR NATIONAL GUARD

AIR FORCE RESERVE

DIRECT REPORTING UNITS

NUMBERED AIR FORCE & WINGS (Descending order)

PERSONAL OR GENERAL OFFICER FLAGS
(4-, 3-, 2-, and 1-star; one flag per service regardless of how many general officers of that grade are in attendance. If two Air Force brigadier generals are present, display only one 1-star flag. If an Army and an Air Force brigadier general are present, display both an Army and Air Force 1-star flag with date of rank of the generals determining whose flag takes precedence).



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