Photo by MSgt Jason Robertson
Photo by SSgt Joel Pfiester
Photo by SSgt Gabriel Macdonald
Photo by SSgt Rose Gudex
Special Tactics Precision Strike Teams are highly trained in kinetic and non-kinetic precision strike; coordinating with aircraft to direct accurate munitions as well as humanitarian aid drops from the ground.
TERMINAL CONTROL/GUIDANCE OPERATIONS
INTERDICTION AND STRATEGIC ATTACK
JOINT TERMINAL ATTACK CERTIFICATION
2014, Helmand, Afghanistan
An Army Special Forces team had three attached Air Force Special Tactics operators assigned to the team as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. The team was being attacked with overwhelming machine gun, rocket propelled grenades, and small arms fire multiple times over two days. A Special Tactics Airman was able to coordinate suppressive fires for the medevac to land, controlled intellingence surveillance, reconnaissance aircraft to find the enemy, and called in close air support danger close to friendly positions, and under most extreme circumstances he controlled over 46 aircraft while engaged at distances as close as 40 meters.
2017 Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
A joint force was tasked with clearing several valleys in Nangarhar of fighters. As the multi-day operation progressed and the coalition forces pushed the insurgents closer to the Afghan border of Pakistan, the fighting became more and more violent. It reached a head as a Special Tactics Airman sprinted through heavy enemy fire to help the U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers. A Special Tactics Airmen's actions as the air-to-ground liaison for his special operations forces team was credited with protecting the lives of more than 150 friendly forces and the lethal engagement of 11 separate fighting positions.