Story By TSgt George Hayward
Photos By SSgt Angela Stafford
They are like the harbingers of a sudden thunderstorm. Sporadic drops that fall unnoticed before the storm unleashes its fury. Signs that sometime soon, the skies will open and the deluge will begin. When the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron brings on that storm, it rains fire and steel. Based at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., the unit is the 82nd Airborne Division’s hotline to the Air Force. When the Army’s elite 82nd needs close air support, 14th ASOS tactical air control parties call in the air strike.
Air Force tactical air controllers, or TACPs (“tack-peas”), are attached to Army units around the world...