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TACP Airmen assess for Special Tactics

We stand looking over the shoulders of a few Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates looking at a plaque on a memorial.

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates and cadre take a moment to honor and remember all the ST operators who came before them as a culmination of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Candidates attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection event and were evaluated on their ability to work both individually and as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates and cadre participate in memorial pushups to honor and remember all the ST operators who came before them.

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates and cadre participate in memorial pushups to honor and remember all the ST operators who came before them as they near the end of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates and cadre walk along side-by-side carrying heavy ruck sacks, forming several lines stretching into the distance.

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates and cadre ruck side-by-side to their final event of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. If selected to join the ST community, the candidates will be part of the Air Force’s special operations ground force leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery operations and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Four Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry teammates across a grass field during their assessment.

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry teammates during “grass and gorillas” as part of assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Only the most elite TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate conducts an exercise walking along the grass in a crouched position with his hands behind his head.

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate conducts an exercise during “grass and gorillas” as part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate participates in leaping burpees during their assessment. Several airmen are caught in mid-flight by the picture.

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate participates in leaping burpees during “grass and gorillas” as part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate leads his teammates in pushups during assessment, a single Airman facing rows of other candidates.

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate leads his teammates in pushups during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Candidates attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection event and were evaluated on their ability to work both individually and as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates participate in “grass and gorillas” during assessment by laying on their backs and kicking their legs into the air in various positions.

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates participate in “grass and gorillas” during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Candidates attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection event and were evaluated on their ability to work both individually and as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate log rolls across a field by rolling from his back to his side to his front to his side on a wet day.

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate log rolls across a field during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Only the most elite TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates perform forward somersaults as they roll forward across the grass field.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates participate in “grass and gorillas” during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Only the most elite TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We have a side view of Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party candidates conducting "Flying Burpees." Some are rocking forward on the ground while others are jumping into the air.
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Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party candidates conduct “grass and gorillas” as part of a physical training portion of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020. Candidates attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection event and were evaluated on their ability to work both individually and as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A pair of tactical air control party candidates participate in a call for fire scenario by facing each other and talking into headsets connected to radios on their vests.
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A tactical air control party candidate participates in a call for fire scenario during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 23, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A pair of tactical air control party candidates participate in a call for fire scenario. One crouches on the ground looking at a map while a light-blue shirted cadre member kneels beside him and talks on his headset.
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A tactical air control party candidate participates in a call for fire scenario during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 23, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates quickly walk down a road carrying heavy ruck sacks with their team
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates ruck with their team during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. Only the most elite TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry rifles and heavy packs while quickly walking beside a road.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry rifles and heavy packs during a ruck as part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates all jump into the air with their hands above their heads all at the same time while in a line.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates participate in 8-count bodybuilders during a scenario at assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. Only the most elite TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics tactical control air party candidate holds up a yellow taught rope to a thick tree as the rope crisscrosses in front of him.
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A Special Tactics tactical control air party candidate works to put up a rope between trees during a scenario as part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Two Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a litter with a simulated patient during assessment
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a litter with a simulated patient during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Four Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a mannequin patient on a litter down a road as part of scenario during assessment
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a mannequin patient as part of scenario during assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. If selected, the candidates will join U.S. Special Operation Command’s tactical air and ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery operations and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates rescue a simulated patient from a Humvee. Several candidates are standing on the roof of the Humvee with the mannequin between them. Others stand around the Humvee.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates rescue a simulated patient from a Humvee during a scenario part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. If selected to join the ST community, the candidates will be part of the Air Force’s special operations ground force leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery operations and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates stand in a group around a cadre member listening to feedback regarding a portion of their assessment.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates listen to cadre provide feedback on a portion of their assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A lone Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate walks beside the road carrying a pair of jerry cans as part of his selection assessment. Other candidates carrying pairs of jerry cans can be seen much further down the road.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a jerry can carry as part of their selection assessment at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACPs contribute to the mission by conducting close air support and control communication networks in hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A lone Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate carries a jerry can of water as part of his assessment
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A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate carries a jerry can of water as part of assessment and selection at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACPs contribute to the mission by conducting close air support and control communication networks in hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A line of Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates walk toward us carrying pairs of jerry cans along the side of a road.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a jerry can carry as part of their selection assessment at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACPs contribute to the mission by conducting close air support and control communication networks in hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A pair of Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates flip a tire about 4 feet in diameter and about 2 feet thick during an assessment and selection process
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates flip a tire during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Four Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a litter across a creek in the distance as another candidate crosses the picture closer to the camera. They appear to be moving quickly.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a litter across a creek during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate lies in the mud with his legs in the air while another candidate leans into the picture to grasp his hand.
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A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate tries to help a teammate during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates in camo and gear kneel around a very thick tree in a circle facing out looking for threats.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates provide security during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A small group of Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a mannequin between them using just their arms while walking beside a road during an assessment
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a dummy during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates discuss options while they carry a mannequin between them.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry a dummy during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A team of two rows of five Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates carry heavy packs and weapons while cadre motivates the candidates
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates ruck while cadre motivate members during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Cadre provide feedback to tactical air control party candidates gathered around the cadre in a half circle, half kneeling on the ground in front of others standing.
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Cadre provide feedback to tactical air control party candidates during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A lone Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate carries a pair of jerry cans past a long row of jerry cans during an assessment
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A Special Tactics tactical air control party candidate carries jerry cans during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates are lined up in a row across a road at the start of a running test. They lean forward ready for the start.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a physical fitness test during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 21, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Four pairs of Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a physical fitness test during an assessment. One set of candidates hold the feet of other candidates performing sit-ups.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a physical fitness test during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 21, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

A pair of Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates hang from pull up bars during testing.
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Special Tactics tactical air control party candidates conduct a physical fitness test during an assessment and selection process at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 21, 2020. TACP Airmen from across the Air Force went through an arduous process to join the ST community, where their skills bolster their team’s ability to provide global access, precision strike and personnel recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --

Accomplished Tactical Air Control Party operators attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection in order to join the Special Tactics community and continue executing precision strike missions under Air Force Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Only the most skilled TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing assessment and selection, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment.

To enlist as a TACP visit AirForce.com/SpecialWarfare. For current Air Force TACPs looking to join Special Tactics, visit the Join tab on our website for more information.