Monthly Archives November 1998

Identity Crisis

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Airman Magazine : Identity Crisis
Often mistaken as soldiers, but never quite fitting in at an Army Post, enlisted terminal attack controllers make a livin’ makin’ a killin’

They seem to be suspended in time — throwbacks to the ’40s when the Air Force was still the Army Air Corps. They don’t quite fit in at an Air Force base, but they’re outsiders at an Army post, as well.

While some people may have trouble figuring out whether these troops are soldiers or airmen, one thing is clear: Enlisted terminal attack controllers in South Korea don’t sweat their identity crisis. They’re too focused on realizing a trait they’ve held onto since boyhood.

They love to watch things go “boom.”

“Most boys like seeing things explode...

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Units Compete at Lightning Challenge

AirForce news
by Staff Sgt. William J. Seabrook Jr.
16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) — Fierce competition and a grueling schedule of events greeted the 66 Tactical Air Command and Control specialists in this year’s Lightning Challenge, hosted by Detachment 1, 334th Training Squadron, Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.

Lightning Challenge is the annual, world-wide career field skills competition at Hurlburt for TACC specialists.

It’s designed to cross check the Tactical Air Control Party career field with the newest equipment under adverse and physically demanding conditions. Competitors arriving at Hurlburt have won throughout the year at squadron and group level mini-competitions to earn the right to compete in the challenge.

“The competition helps us validate our c...

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