Monthly Archives October 1999

TACP Teams at Lightning Challenge 99

by Tech. Sgt. John Tomassi
16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) — More than 30 tactical air control party teams descended upon Hurlburt Field Oct. 17 to participate in Lightning Challenge ’99.

The 13th annual weeklong competition, hosted by Detachment 1, 334th Training Squadron, tests the operational and combat abilities of tactical air command and control specialists.

The squadron is home to the technical school, which prepares airmen for duty in tactical air control party teams assigned to Army ground-maneuver units. A team’s mission is to advise and assist unit commanders on the applications of combat air power from planning, requesting and directing air strikes against enemy targets in close proximity to friendly units.

Each team was made up of two re...

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Mike Geringer passed away 10-29-1999

Mike had a heart attack and was hospitalized. The left side of his heart was damaged and three arteries were blocked. On 12 November mike was cleared to drive and was reduced on the amount of oxygen he had to take. On 18 November, 0830 mike had a second massive heart attack. He was placed on a ventilator due to lapsing into a coma. On 19 November he was pronounced brain dead and removed from the ventilator…he died soon afterwards.

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