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13 ASOS completes seventh annual 24-hour run

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track,

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron take turns running the Tactical Air Control Party flag around the Fitness Center track at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., so it doesn’t stop flying during the 24-hour run challenge, April 26, 2018. Airmen took two-hour shifts to complete the 24-hour run challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track,

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 13th Air Support Control Squadron completed the seventh annual 24-hour run challenge for the Tactical Air Control Party Specialist Assocation in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers, one of which was Maj. David Gray. Gray, the former 13 ASOS leader was killed in action in 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track,

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron took turns running the Tactical Air Control Party flag around the Fitness Center track at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., during the 24-hour run challenge, April 26, 2018. The 24-hour run challenge is completed by TACP units across the globe to honor 12 of its fallen servicemembers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track,

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – One of the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron Airmen’s dog watches as the Tactical Air Control Party Association unit completes the 24-hour run challenge at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track, April 26, 2018. The run was completed in honor of 12 fallen TACP servicemembers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track,

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron completed the 24-hour run challenge in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Fitness Center track, April 26 – 27, 2018. This run is put on by the Tactical Air Control Party Association units around the world to raise awareness and donations for families associated with TACP. (Courtesy photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A green, blue and red flag flew for 24 hours around the Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Fitness Center track, in honor of 12 fallen servicemembers.

The 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, based out of Fort Carson, Colorado, kept the Tactical Air Control Party Association’s flag flying as their unit, along with other units around the world, completed the 24-hour run challenge, April 26 – 27, 2018.

“People ask what we’re doing out here — it’s to bring awareness to the TACP Association,” said Senior Airman Taylor Rahtjen, 13 ASOS Joint Terminal Attack Control instructor.

Through this run and online donations, the TACP Association can give funds to TACP families for school scholarships, cars and emergency plane tickets, among other donations.

“Every squadron also totals their miles. There’s a certain dollar amount that’s donated per mile,” said Rahtjen.

One of the fallen, Maj. David Gray, the former 13 ASOS leader who was killed in action in 2012, was honored through this run as well, said Master Sgt. Jon Mosley, 13 ASOS JTAC instructor.

“He had the ability to draw people to him and not just foster a team but foster a family environment like nobody I’ve ever seen,” said Mosley.

About 70 Airmen from the 13 ASOS unit showed up for the run, Rahtjen said, and as the 24 hours went on, they took two-hour shifts in groups of about 10 people per shift.

For more information about the TACP Association, visit https://tacpassociation.org/blog/.
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