Tactical Air Control Parties – TACP

USAF Tactical Air Control Parties are teams of 2 or more Tactical Air Command and Control Specialists (1C4X1) assigned to conventional Army units and Special Operations Forces. Tactical air traffic controllers are often deployed alongside Special Forces and Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Delta and DEVGRU operators.

TACP roles

The main task of the TACP is to advise, support and control the use of close air support equipment.

As a Forward Air Controller (FAC), the TACP calls for close air support in the form of bombs, missiles, missiles and fire from attack aircraft, sometimes in the vicinity of friendly ground units. The FAC role is carried by enlisted Airmen known as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs).

TACPs also pass on their know-how to other units and advise ground commanders on operations with the Air Force. This role is usually performed by an Air Liaison Officer (ALO). ALOs are usually qualified USAF Airmen.

17th Air Support Operations Squadron (17th ASOS)

As of October 2008, the 720th Special Tactics Group, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), includes its own TACP squadron, namely the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron (17th ASOS) of around 60 Special Operations Forces Tactical Air Control Party Airmen and support staff. JTACs deploy with the 17th ASOS with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Since 2011, the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron has operational locations (OLs) that are exclusively geared towards the 75th Ranger Regiment, after having previously also had OLs with the active Special Forces Groups (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) . and 10.) had.

The 17th ASOS has several operating locations (OL):

  • HQ element, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., In support of 3 / 75th Ranger Battalion, RSTB
  • OL-E, based in Fort Lewis, Washington, supports the 2 / 75th Ranger Battalion
  • OL-A, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, in support of the 1 / 75th Ranger Battalion

The United States Air Force’s 13th Air Support Operations Squadron (13th ASOS) is a combat support unit based in Fort Carson, Colorado. The 13th ASOS provides the US Army ground commanders with tactical guidance and control of air support equipment during combat operations.

The mission of 13 ASOS is to successfully integrate joint firepower, including artillery, attack aircraft and naval gunfire, to support Army’s operations worldwide.

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