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    TACPs control the skies of Barry Goldwater Range

    TACPs control the skies of Barry Goldwater Range

    Photo By Senior Master Sgt. John Chapman | U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party Airmen with the 181st Intelligence Wing,...... read more read more

    GILA BEND, AZ, UNITED STATES

    02.24.2016

    Story by Senior Master Sgt. John Chapman 

    181st Intelligence Wing Public Affairs

    GILA BEND AIR FORCE AUXILIARY FIELD, Ariz. - Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from the 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron, honed their skills during a Snowbird Exercise, Feb. 21-25, 2016.

    The 12 TACP Airmen conducted live close air support training at the Barry Goldwater Range to maintain their combat mission ready status and equipment training. The TACP Airmen spent many hours in the field coordinating air support missions, which guided attack and fighter pilots to targets in the tactical range complex.

    To find their targets, the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers provided the pilots with GPS coordinates, laser markers, and target “talk-ons.” During night operations, Airmen used a laser pointing device that could only be seen by the pilots wearing night vision goggles.

    During the weeklong deployment, TACPs were trained on mission preparation and scenario generation, high frequency beyond line of sight radio communications, technical vehicle navigation systems, day and night targeting equipment, day and night CAS, said the 113th ASOS Chief Joint Tactical Air Control - Instructor.

    By the end of the exercise, the 113th ASOS TACPs had accomplished over 150 different CAS controls.

    The TACP Airmen coordinated the release of Mark-82 High Explosive unguided bombs, 2.75 white phosphorus rockets, Bomb Dummy Unit-33 training bombs, and shooting of both 30mm and 20mm training rounds.

    During their 12-hour days, the TACP Airmen worked with both U.S. and foreign partners that were flying F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-10 Wart Hogs, F-35 Lightning IIs, and C-130 Hercules aircraft that were flown from Luke and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases in Arizona.

    “This exercise provided the opportunity for our Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and TACP members to obtain valuable training that isn’t possible on our local ranges in Indiana. This included the directing and controlling of over 24 live 500-pound bombs that were delivered from our fellow Hoosier squadron of A-10s from Fort Wayne. In addition, this was the first time for many of our members to work with the F-35 Lightening II in a Close Air Support (CAS) role,” said Lt. Col. Chris Snider the commander of the 113th ASOS.

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    Date Taken: 02.24.2016
    Date Posted: 03.04.2016 14:59
    Story ID: 191162
    Location: GILA BEND, AZ, US 

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