Master Air Traffic Controller ID Badge


The Air Traffic Controller ID Badge was authorized for wear in 1987 and is awarded to officer and enlisted personnel who graduate from the required course. The highest level of the badge, shown here, requires a minimum of 15 years air traffic control experience if worn by an officer. Wear of the master badge by an enlisted person requires the rank of master sergeant or above and at least five years experience after the award of the 7-skill level.

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Era: Modern
Clothing & Insignia: Aviation & ID Badges
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My father Col Norman Smedes was involved in 1975 in the establishment of the first badge.

My late husband Col Steve Budesheim was involved in the establishment of the first badge also.

I believe this badge was authorized in 1975. Also, the badge is still authorized and used. The decision to combine it into the Command and Control badge was reversed by Gen Ronald Fogelman.