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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Iracondo, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron, 181st Intelligence Wing, received an Army Commendation Medal at an award ceremony on Multi-National Base Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, on July 20, 2012. The award was given by U.S. Army Col. Gerald Hadley, Commander, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to soldiers who distinguish themselves by an act of heroism, extraordinary, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States. (U.S. Army photo submitted by 113th ASOS/Released)

By Major Ryan Harvey, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron

HULMAN FIELD, Ind. - The Indiana Air National Guard’s 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, Ind., recently welcomed home three members from a deployment to Multi-National Base Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Charles Iracondo, Master Sgt. Damon Girton and Airman 1st Class Austin Rowlands, members of the 181st Intelligence Wing’s 113th Air Support Operation Squadron, returned from a rotation in the Australian lead province of Uruzgan, Afghanistan. Uruzgan is located in the south-central part of Afghanistan and is currently in transition back to Afghan control.

The three airmen serve in the Tactical Air Control Party career field and during their unique deployment they worked alongside coalition partners in handing control of the province back to the local government and people.

The coalition of U.S., Australian, Slovakian and Singaporean troops are continuing to train and educate Afghan forces to enable progression towards security and self-governance. TACP members were instrumental in providing terminal control of close air support and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance assets employed across the province in support of on-going operations.

During this deployment, 181st IW TACPs assigned to the 113th ASOS were aligned with an Indiana Army National Guard Infantry Brigade Combat Team for the first time. This home-grown relationship between the 113th ASOS and the 76st IBCT was taken to a new level when an Indiana IBCT ground commander approved actions conducted by an Indiana Joint Terminal Attack Controller in support of combat operations, another first for the Indiana Air National Guard.

Members of the 113th ASOS and the 76st IBCT look forward to a continued relationship that puts the outstanding work of our Indiana National Guard front and center.

Welcome home Lt. Col. Iracondo, Master Sgt Girton and Airman 1st Class Rowlands!


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Date Taken:07.20.2012

Date Posted:03.20.2013 10:33

Location:MULTI-NATIONAL BASE, TARIN KOWT, AF

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