Monthly Archives March 2002

Roberts Ridge

Roberts Ridge 0115Z. Kevin “Scrappy” Vances official Statement

Interview of SSgt Kevin Vance 25 March 2002
Bagram, Afghanistan

My name is Kevin Donell Vance. In June, I will have been in the United States Air Force for eight years. I hold the rank of Staff Sergeant. I am currently married with two children, ages four and two. I was born on 3 September 1976 and am currently 25 years old. My SSN is XXX-XX-XXXX

I entered into the USAF eleven days after graduating from high school. I went to open general basic training. I was not sure which career path to take until I was asked to try out to be a tactical air control party [TACP] from a TACP recruiter. I was one of the few who tried out and was chosen.

I went to technical school in Florida for fourteen weeks...

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Gregory Stone was killed on 03-22-2002

Gregory was killed in a grenade attack near the Iraq/Kuwait border prior to the invasion of Iraq. The individual that threw the grenade was a disgruntled US Army soldier who believed his actions would affect the outcome of the war. Another officer was killed in the attack. The individual in question was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in Ft Leavenworth Military Prison.

Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone, assigned to 124th Air Support Operations Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, Boise; died of injuries suffered in a grenade attack March 22 near the Iraq-Kuwait border during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major Stone was attached to the 101st Airborne when the attack happened. A disgruntled US soldier was charged with throwing the grenades that killed Stone and another officer...

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Roberts Ridge

Roberts Ridge, from a Young TACP member on the Ground
(name withheld. Currently operating somewhere on the earth in harms way)

I entered into the USAF eleven days after graduating
from high school. I went to open general basic training.
I was not sure which career path to take until I was
asked to try out to be a tactical air control party
from a TACP recruiter. I was one of the few who tried
out and was chosen. I went to technical school in Florida
for fourteen weeks. My first assignment was at Ft. Polk in
Louisiana supporting the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment for
three years. I then transferred to support the Joint
Readiness Training Center for a year. Next, I was assigned
to Camp Casey in Korea for one year. Afterwards, I tried
out for and was selected for my present job...

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A Message from Operation Anaconda

A Message from Operation Anaconda
Editor’s Note: The following e-mail message from an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party officer recounts the intense fighting in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.

Friends and Family,

Many of you know my goal has always been to lead men in combat. I assumed it would be with a four-ship at 20,000 feet with 2000-lb. LGBs. Little did I know it would be 12 guys on the ground with rucksacks and an M-16 rifle.

With that in mind I thought I would give everyone a different perspective of Close Air Support (CAS), i.e. from the ground looking up as opposed to the other way around. Let me begin by saying we are all back at Kandahar refitting and preparing for the next operation. No KIA and only one Purple Heart (nothing serious) – a fact I am most proud of.

For ...

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