The meaning of Nopphayathipataya Badge
The RTAF established the AWC in 1966, and assigned Air Vice Marshal Usa Chainam, Deputy Director, Directorate of Air Education and Training (DET) as a Commandant. He initiated the AWC badges to be awarded to the graduates, and later proposed to Dir DET, and highest destinations. At the 1/10 RTAF meeting on 5 June 1967, the concept and name of the badge “Nopphaythipataya” was approved. Then, at the 2/10 RTAF meeting on 10 July 1967, it was agreed that the badge was to be made as Karuda (3 cm width and 2 cm height) standing on nine “Chaiyapruk” white enamel leaves, and placed on the top center of a gold five-point star-shaped of a diameter of 4.5 cm. Both rank and name of the graduate are to be engraved on the back of the badge.
Nopphayathipataya, read Nob-pa-ya-ti-pat, means “being the Great of all the sky goers or highest of air officers” (Noppha means sky, Ya go and Athipataya great). The name “Nopphayathipataya” was carefully considered and selected by the Buddhist Chaplains of Directorate of Education and Training (DET). The badge was authorized for wear on the right pocket of the uniform.
The eligibilities to wear the badge are, namely:
1. Graduates of AWC;
2. RTAF Air officers who graduated from equivalent course to AWC from both domestic and overseas institutions. The equivalent comparison is carried out by Directorate of Personnel; and
3. Persons who RTAF considers appropriate to wear the honorary badge in line with the RTAF orders (RTAF 2010 regulations regarding the AWC).