Argent, a stylized eagle (firebird) volant traversed wings to chief Gules. All within a diminished bordure of the Second.
Attached below the disc a White scroll edged with a narrow Red border and inscribed "517th AIRLIFT SQ" in Red letters.
Attached above the disc a White scroll edged with a narrow Red border and inscribed "FIREBIRDS" in Red letters.
The eagle in flight symbolizes the mythical firebird renowned for its strength and reflects the Squadron's strength, speed and tenacity with which the unit performs its mission. The unit's versatility with equipment and flexibility in operation are also suggested by the powerful bird.