Monthly Archives December 1999

TACPs link ground to air

by Capt. Todd Fleming
AC2ISRC Public Affairs

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) — An Army tank unit runs into heavy resistance from an enemy force. Immediately, a small Air Force unit, called a Tactical Air Control Party, working side by side with the Army’s lead elements, sees the danger of the situation and makes radio contact with some nearby A-10 close air support aircraft. They are vectored in and the problem goes up in smoke.

The Aerospace Command and Control & Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Center is currently working on upgrading the Air Force’s TACPs with new equipment to improve joint and multinational interoperability, battle tracking accuracy and joint combat capability.

TACPs are Air Force teams, usually two to five members, normally collocated with U.S...

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TACPs get the toughest jobs

By J.S. Newton
Staff writer
HOFFMAN — Their career field is little known outside the military. But they work with U.S. Army Rangers, Special Forces soldiers and secretive aviation units in some of the meanest areas on earth. They are the Air Force’s own Tactical Air Control Party — or TACPs. It’s pronounced Tac-Pee.

Staff photo by Jay Capers Senior Airman Kevin LaBudde is the first to finish the ruck march during tryouts at Camp Mackall. The Special Operation TACPs have to finish a 12.4-mile ruck march in four hours or less

From dangerous missions in Kosovo to shootouts in Somalia to the U.S.-led invasions of Panama and Grenada, TACPs were there to help keep some of America’s toughest soldiers from getting shot up.

Their job is so specialized that on a recent worldwide tryout, only ...

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