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  • TACPs recognize Military Child of the Year

    Nyah Gray was recently named Operation Homefront's 2021 Military Child of the Year® for the Air Force. Gray was honored by the 353rd Training Squadron, Special Warfare Training Wing, during an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party, or TACP, final formation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex April 2. Selectees for the honor were chosen based on the positive impacts they had on their military family, school, and community.
  • The 24th SOW transitions responsibility of the 17th STS

    The 24th Special Operations Wing transitioned responsibility of the 17th Special Tactics Squadron from the 720th Special Tactics Group to the 724th Special Tactics Group during a re-assignment ceremony at the 17th STS headquarters, Fort Benning, Georgia, Oct. 1, 2020.
  • Special Tactics unit surpasses 6,900 days combating war in Middle East

    In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which marked the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, U.S. service members saw an increased spike in deployments that has ultimately sustained its high tempo for nearly two decades. For the men and women of the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, since their initial response to the GWOT in October 2001, there have been no breaks in deployments and combat operations for over 6900 days in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.
  • 24th SOW welcomes new commander to charge sole ST wing

    Hundreds of Air Commandos, families and friends gathered to welcome the new commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing during an assumption of command ceremony, here, today. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, introduced U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen as the newest and fifth-ever wing commander of the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force.
  • 17th STS dedicates building to late TACP operator

    The life and legacy of an Air Force Special Operations Command tactical air control party operator was forever cemented into Special Tactics and Fort Benning history with a building dedication in his namesake. On Feb. 21, 2014, U.S. Air Force Joshua M. Gavulic, who was an ST TACP operator with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, was killed in a parachute accident while conducting a military free-fall proficiency training mission in Eloy, Arizona. Today, more than 60 friends, teammates and family gathered during a ceremony at the newly renamed Master Sgt. Joshua M. Gavulic Human Performance Center, here.
  • U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen plan 830-mile ruck in honor of fallen

    Twenty Special Tactics Airmen will ruck from Medina Annex at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, a Special Tactics combat controller, who was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2018, and in honor of the other 19 Special Tactics Airmen who have been killed in action since 9/11.
  • 17th STS Airmen participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 18-3, Jaded Thunder

    A Special Tactics Airman with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron surveys a target following close air support training during RED FLAG-Alaska 18-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 16, 2018. Special Tactics Airmen are a ground force that maximize the impacts of air power by controlling and directing precise strikes to destroy enemy terrain,
  • 17th STS Airmen hone personnel recovery and treatment skills

    Special Tactics Airmen with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron perform medical treatment on a mannequin during medical field training at Fort Benning, Georgia, July 10, 2018. Special Tactics Teams conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. With in-depth medical and rescue
  • TACP receives second Silver Star medal

    Master Sgt. Thomas Case, a tactical air control party Airman in the 18th Air Support Operations Group here, received his second Silver Star medal Nov. 13, 2014, for heroic actions during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan.The Silver Star medal is the U.S. military’s third highest military decoration for valor. It is presented for gallantry in action
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