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    ASOS Spring Training: Becoming Better Combatants

    ASOS Seasonal Training at Saylor Creek

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Joseph Morgan | Special warfare tactical air control party airmen with the 124th Air Support...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Joseph Morgan 

    124th Fighter Wing

    Special warfare tactical air control party Airmen with the 124th Fighter Wing’s Air Support Operations Squadron conducted combat proficiency training May 8-12 at Saylor Creek Air Force Range.

    TACP members coordinate air support to defend allied forces. The next step in a TACP member's training is becoming joint terminal air controller certified. JTAC training focuses on proficiency with a diverse collection of weapons systems, vehicles and battle tactics.

    This training was about that, says Capt. Luke Nelson, a TACP with the 124th ASOS, focusing on combative maneuvers in an effort to improve individual member’s battlefield effectiveness.

    “The fight doesn’t stop when the planes go away,” said Nelson. “When the jets are in the area, we’re talking to them. When they’re not, we cannot be deadweight. Anything we can do to improve lethality within any particular function of a unit is a win for everybody.”

    ASOS members conducted weapons familiarization training with the M240B Machine Gun and the MK19 Grenade Machine Gun. Once familiar, they focused on battlefield maneuverability, maintenance and recovery with a variety of vehicles from Storm Search and Rescue Tactical vehicles to MRZR light tactical vehicles and motorcycles.

    “Typically, we’re not deploying as a whole squadron of operators,” said Master Sgt. Justin Clark, a JTAC program coordinator assigned the 124th ASOS.. “More likely, we’re getting sent individually or in pairs to support another ground combatant force. Maintaining proficiency in all things combat-related allows us to fully support our host units.”

    As the U.S. Air Force emphasizes multi-capable Airmen, degrading combat effectiveness isn’t an option, says Tech. Sgt. Matt Phillips, the exercise coordinator and TACP assigned to the 124th ASOS.

    “Our job is inherently multi-capable,” said Phillips. “When the aircraft are down for maintenance, we have to be ready for combat. With this familiarization training, we’re enabling our members to be 100 percent a weapons system while they’re down range.”

    Between Idaho’s varied terrain and its world-class military training ranges, exercising units are able to maintain proficiency and emulate combat scenarios in a multitude of environments.

    “Being in Idaho allows us to train in every environment,” said Nelson. “We can train in high desert and in the mountains, in every element. Whether we’re in deep snow or in the desert, our training will allow us to be sustainable, long term.”

    With members operating around the globe, staying ready and proficient is paramount, says Phillips.

    “We shouldn’t wait to train for anything,” said Phillips. “We don’t train for the next war with the people we think we’ll have. We train for it with the people we currently have.”



    Date Taken: 05.12.2023
    Date Posted: 05.12.2023 15:29
    Story ID: 444677
    Location: ID, US

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