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Australian Army Maj. Chris Lingard, Task Group Taji Victor 4 training squadron commander, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wayne Collier (right), 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron joint terminal attack controller, monitor an approaching vehicle during an Iraqi-Air Force joint terminal attack controller qualification course at Besmayah Range, Iraq, March 4, 2018. The five-day event marked the first time IFACs exercised calling in airstrikes on the range, and their first time calling in live-fire from coalition aircraft. The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, in conjunction with the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team, coordinated the exercise, March 4-8, to certify newly trained IFACs and demonstrate progress made since their training started in December 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Martin) Coalition live-fire exercise enhances Iraqi combat capabilities
The first coalition live-fire exercise for the Iraqi Forward Air Controller course took place at Besmaya Range, Iraq, March 4-8, 2018.
0 3/09
2018
Master Sgt. Kyle Anderson, 3rd Air Support Operations Group, runs between two cones during a speed, strength and agility demonstration at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik) Air Force to enhance physical fitness test, standards for select career fields
The Air Force began the rollout of Tier 2 physical training standards as more than 100 Battlefield Airmen demonstrated new career field specific testing components at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Jan. 9, 2018.
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2018
Senior Airman Paul Cauge, a 274th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, uses a laser rangefinder designator for a close air support training mission July 29, 2015, at Grayling Air Gunnery Range in Grayling, Mich., during Northern Strike 2015. The annual exercise involved hundreds of military personnel from 20 states, as well as Canada, Latvia, Poland and Australia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson) Battlefield Airmen incentive pay to be based on skill versus duty
Based on new authority from the Defense Department, the Air Force announced its intent to begin a pilot program providing battlefield Airmen skill incentive pay based on qualified skills versus performed duties.
0 6/23
2017
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Andrew Dane, 47th Flying Training Wing pilot graduate, poses for a photo on the flight line at Laughlin Air Force Base, May 25, 2017. With his new wings, Dane is on his way to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, an aircraft that he formerly supported as a Tactical Air Control Party specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja) From the ground up
Some people dream of becoming a fighter pilot, while others dream of becoming a military special operator. Very few people make both dreams come true. Second Lt. Andrew Dane, a 47th Flying Training Wing pilot graduate and former Tactical Air Control Party special operator, will be able to see both dreams come true. Dane has successfully completed specialized undergraduate pilot training and is on his way to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
0 6/07
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Diante Cooper, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron Tactical Air Control Party specialist, watches and communicates with an A-10C Thunderbolt II during a joint close air support exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich. April 13, 2017. To further build interoperability and hone their unique skillset, members of the German air force Air Ground Operations Squadron travelled to the U.S. to partner with the 19th ASOS and conduct a close air support exercise working with A-10C Thunderbolts IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) NATO partners conduct close air support exercise
Today’s fight against terrorism doesn’t rest on the shoulders of one country. It’s a team fight, meaning countries must be interoperable to effectively defeat that threat. To better support the team, members of the German air force’s Air Ground Operations Squadron partnered with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron to conduct a close air support exercise, April 10-14, 2017, at Camp Grayling, Michigan.
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2017
Air Force Academy Cadet Benge waits for his next instruction during an Air Liaison Officer Aptitude Assessment, Feb. 14, 2017, at Camp Bullis, Texas. The week-long assessment allows current ALOs and enlisted cadre to decide if the cadets are worthy of progressing to the Tactical Air Control Party school house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Air liaison officers test cadets
Cadets from the Air Force Academy attended an Air Liaison Officers Aptitude Assessment Feb. 13 – 17, 2017 at Camp Bullis, Texas. Current ALOs and enlisted tactical air control party members from the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing filled the roles of cadre and raters to assess if the cadets have what it takes to join their career field.
0 2/23
2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing perform pushups as a tribute to fallen Terminal Air Control Party Airmen, April 15, 2016, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. The Airmen gathered to pay tribute to Lt. Col William Schroeder, who served alongside many members of the 93d AGOW. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released)
Battlefield Airmen pay tribute to fallen commander
More than 200 Airmen from the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing gathered at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, on April 15 to mourn and pay tribute to Lt. Col. William Schroeder, who was fatally shot a week before.
0 4/20
2016
Tech. Sgt. Cody L. Canfield, tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, uses an LA-5 to illuminate a target while, from left, state Rep. Michael Unes, R-Ill., state Sen. David Koehler, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., watch during a demonstration of the Air National Guard Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Oct. 5, 2015. Peoria’s TACPs teamed up with the QuantaDyn Corporation to help create the AAJTS, which is expected to potentially save the government $95 million through fiscal year 2018 by reducing the cost of qualification and continuation training by 48 percent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) Illinois Airmen unveil combat simulator for tactical air controllers
Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard unveiled a combat simulator they helped create for tactical air controllers during a ceremony with lawmakers Oct. 5 at the 182nd Airlift Wing.
0 10/09
2015
Maj. Gen. Harry Polumbo, Ninth Air Force Commander, presented Master Sgt. Thomas Case, Tactical Air Control Party Airman, 18th Air Support Operations Group, with his second Silver Star medal, Nov. 13 at Pope Army Airfield, N.C.  Case received the medal for gallantry in action during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. The Silver Star medal is the U.S. military’s third highest military decoration for valor. It is presented for gallantry in action against an enemy of the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan) TACP receives second Silver Star medal
Master Sgt. Thomas Case, a tactical air control party Airman in the 18th Air Support Operations Group here, received his second Silver Star medal Nov. 13, for heroic actions during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan.
13 11/14
2014
A Ranger tab hangs on the shoulder of 1st Lt. Casey Garner, following his graduation from the U.S. Army Ranger School Oct. 17, 2014, at Fort Benning, Ga. Garner is an air liaison officer with the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron and the first ALO to graduate from the course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan) An Air Force first: ALO graduates Ranger School
On average, more than 4,000 Soldiers go through the U.S. Army Ranger School each year. The number of Airmen who have completed the course since its inception in 1950 is only a little over 300.
15 10/23
2014
Tactical air control party specialists with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron survey an enemy-controlled landing zone before calling in close-air support  Aug. 14, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Grayling Air Gunnery Range, Grayling, Mich. Northern Strike was a 3-week exercise that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. TACPs with the Air National Guard’s 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) TACP-M ties it all together
Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an Airman. Charged with orchestrating critical close-air support, oftentimes it's the effort of this combat maestro that means the difference between life and death on the battlefield - he is known as a tactical air control party or TACP for short.
0 9/28
2014
Senior Airman Austin Hairfield, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, poses as his mother, Melinda Harifield, pins his Ranger tab onto his uniform shortly after graduating from Army Ranger School. (Courtesy photo) 2 Airmen join Army's elite
The Army Ranger School students were all looking forward to the few hours of precious sleep they were about to get after a long day of training on Mount Yonah, a mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
6 8/09
2014
Tactical air control party Airmen with the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, ruck along the Denali Highway July 14-18, 2014, between Paxson and Cantwell, Alaska. The Airmen raised over $5,000 for the TACP Association and rucked a total of 275 miles in remembrance of fallen comrades. (Courtesy photo/Senior Airman Stephan Phan) TACPs ruck 275 miles to raise memories, aid their own
People driving along the Denali Highway here July 14-18, may have seen a group of people hiking along the side of the road in uniform, carrying large backpacks.
3 7/25
2014
Tech. Sgt. Zachary Jacobs, right, and Senior Airman Jason Hoff watch as C-130 Hercules perform a ceremonial flyover at a 70th D-Day anniversary memorial event, June 4, 2014, in Carentan, France. Jacobs and Hoff are joint terminal attack controllers with the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, Wash., assigned to Normandy to coordinate air movements during the events celebrating the liberation of Normandy by allied troops in 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel) TACPs control the sky over D-Day celebrations
Airmen ensures the presence of airpower as Soldiers celebrate their own during the current 70th anniversary of D-Day across Normandy June 4-8.
1 6/08
2014
Service members kick off a 24-hour Tactical Air Control Party remembrance run at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 27, 2014. The event was held to ensure those warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten. This year’s 24-hour TACP challenge was the third annual event dedicated to the 10 fallen TACP warriors who were killed in combat and training operations within the last 20 years. The event was held world-wide with every TACP unit starting the run March 27 at noon local time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi) 

TACP run in remembrance
More than 670 service members and coalition partners completed a total of 2,599 miles during a 24-hour Tactical Air Control Party remembrance run at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 27 and 28, to ensure those warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.
0 4/01
2014
Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic (courtesy photo) Special Tactics Airman fatal training mishap
An Air Force Special Tactics Airman died Feb. 21, during a free fall proficiency training in Eloy, Ariz. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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2014
Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Carson, Co. ruck through Arlington National Cemetery during the final leg of their 140-mile ruck to honor their fallen commander, Maj. David Gray, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, Aug. 7, 2013. The Airmen are marching from Dover Air Force Base, Del., the receiving point for deceased service members killed in war, to Arlington National Cemetery, to Gray’s gravesite. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lauren Main) Step by step: TACP family traces fallen brother’s final path, 'Finish strong'
In memory of their fallen brother, 13 members of the 13th Air Support Operational Squadron took on a 140-mile ruck march from Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., arriving on the anniversary of his passing.
3 8/09
2013
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