Tiger Challenge 1999


Staff Sgt. Kevin Parsons (c.), and Tech. Sgt. Terry Maxsim (r.) bark out encouragement to a enlisted terminal attack controller (ETAC) from the 604th Air Support Operations Squadron, Republic of Korea. The ETAC has to remember to use the rope sling around his waist, his hands and feet together to make the rope crossing of a ravine; one of the 18 stages of a Republic of Korea Special Forces obstacle course during Tiger Challenge '99. This competition and training event is used to select four specialists from the 1C4X1 career field on the South Korean Peninsula, to compete later this year in Lighting Challenge '99, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., against other U.S. Air Force ETACs from around the world. The 20 competitors of Tiger Challenge '99 will face physical and mental challenges over a four day period, testing their ability to perform a variety of tasks drawn directly from their mission of close air support, calling in air strikes against the enemy in close proximity to friendly forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lance Cheung)