Flash and Crest approved for wear by TACP members on standard Black beret
Below is from suggestion 830532, Beret Flash and Crest for TACPs, submitted by TSgt Nathan E. Hoover and A1C Mitchell A. Monroe, Detachment 1, 507th TAIRCW, FT Bragg, NC 28308 in 1983.
Subject : Heraldry for proposed TACP cloth flash and metallic crest
1. The proposed cloth flash and metallic crest was designed to symbolize the Tactical Air Control System. The purpose of the proposed cloth flash and metallic crest is to provide a distinction and further the pride of personnel doing a difficult and demanding job
2. The Heraldry of the proposed cloth flash is as follows :
a. The scarlet red border symbolizes the firepower of the Tactical Air Control System
b. The scarlet red interlocking symbol in the middle of the proposed cloth flash represents the liaison between the Air Force and the Army
c. The Ar Force blue field of the top half of the proposed cloth flash symbolizes the Ar Forces
d. The forest green field of the bottom half of the proposed cloth flash symbolizes the ground forces
3. The Heraldry of the proposed metallic crest is as follows:
a. The winged base is representative of the Air Forces that the Tactical Air Control Parties control, as well as being a standard base for most Air Force badges
b. The lightening bolt is a standar heraldry symbol for communications, which is the backbone of the Tactical Air Control Party
c. The sword symbolizes the strength and the firepower controlled by the Tactical Air Control Parties
d. The eight pointed omni-directional star symbolizes the world wide mobility capability of Tactical Air Control Parties, as well as their ability to navigate over all terrain by any means. e. The banner spanning the tips of the wings with US Air Force etched into it is understood. The plate at the lower portion of the proposed metallic crest with TACP etched into it specifies that the personnel wearing the proposed metallic crest upon their beret are members of an elite and special group, a Tactical Air Control Party
On the AF Form 162 (Suggestion Evaluation and Transmittal), Both Lorrence R. Fiscus (the superintendent of Det 1) and Colonel Ross E. Peeler (Commander of Det 1) had this to say in block 4
The metallic crest and multicolored flash further defines the distinctive role of Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) in providing Tactical Air Support to Army Ground Forces throughout the world. Since the adoption of the black beret in 1979 it became apparent that a device was needed which would eliminate the varied insignia currently worn by members of TACPs. The crest and flash submitted in this suggestion does just that. They are symbolic of a career field which is subject to direct combat involvement in order to insure tactical air support is there when and where needed. As with other combat related AFSCs (Pararescue, Combat control, Combat weather) which have adopted crests and /or flashes, the members of TACPs perform a mission which is invaluable, difficult, demanding and dangerous. Their achievements in training and preparing for their combat role is directly related to the high esteem they hold for the job and the special skills they have developed in order to be prepared for any contingency or operation. It is evident that the origionator of this suggestion put forth a great deal of time and effort in researching this background for their suggestion. The Crest and Flash as designed and illustrated is an effective, dynamic, and distinctive replacement for an assortment of items now worn on berets and will provide world wide continuity.
From Block 4,B
The Crest and flash will develop strong AFSC ties within TACPs and provide the distinction they deserve. Adoption will enhance the pride, morale, esprit-de-corps and individuality of TACP members. The symbolic colors and design of the crest will increase the personal prestige and job status necessary for identity and continuity throughout the world.