Maj Rich Catano (ALO), SSgt John Chapman , SSgt Angel Magallanez , and SrA Mat Richmond deploy in support of TASK FORCE HAWK. They deploy to man the 2 Brigade Combat Team (BCT) TOC at Tirana Air Base, Albania. 17 May, Maj Catano and SSgt Chapman deploy to a forward observation position (OP) on Albania/Kosovo border. This is the most forward TACP in Albania well within Serbian artillery range. From their position they visually observe NATO bombing, Serb artillery/AAA, and numerous small arms tracer rounds. Their mission is to observe Serbian artillery and direct air strikes. On 20 May Serb artillery firing is observed and called-in by Catano and Chapman. This is the first call-in by TACP personnel in Albania during air bombing campaign. Between 20 May and 6 June, Chapman and Magallanez call-in approximately 27 enemy artillery and mortar fires. Based on pilot reports, their call-ins result in numerous Serbian artillery and mortars destroyed or seriously damaged. Efforts contribute directly to timely target data to Combined Air Operations Center.
Shane was killed when the vehicle he and another airman were in hydroplaned, causing him to veer into the semi beside them. Their car bounced off the semi and veered into oncoming traffic, side swiping a dodge pickup. This sent them back across into the semi and their car lodged under the rear axle. Shane passed away at 0440, three days after his 20th Birthday.
MSgt Dave Devine , SSgt Jerry Campbell , SrA Tom McIntosh , and A1C Kirk Snyder from Det 2, 1 ASOS deploy in support of TASK FORCE HAWK, Tirane, Albania, during Kosovo conflict. They support the 1-6 Infantry Bat, 2 BDE, 1 Armored Division, for the security of Tirana airfield. Campbell and McIntosh participate in numerous RECONs throughout Albania with elements of 1-6 Inf while Devine functions as BALO at the Battalion TOC.