HomeNews

The 13th ASOS conducts combat mission training

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron practice a contingency landing during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The group of Airmen were shuttled by a C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The C-130 was carrying a Humvee, the group of Airmen and all the equipment for their training.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron practice a contingency landing during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The group of Airmen were shuttled by a C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The C-130 was carrying a Humvee, the group of Airmen and all the equipment for their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron go through a personnel rescue during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The rescue mission scenario had the group of Airmen retrieve someone from a downed helicopter and perform basic first aid, all while under opposing fire.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron go through a personnel rescue during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The rescue mission scenario had the group of Airmen retrieve someone from a downed helicopter and perform basic first aid, all while under opposing fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

2nd Lt. Parker Gray, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party officer, rests during an exercise pause July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the pause, the instructors gave feedback to the students on how they had performed during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

2nd Lt. Parker Gray, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party officer, rests during an exercise pause July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the pause, the instructors gave feedback to the students on how they had performed during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Tactical air control party Airmen from the 13th Air Support secure a village during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The Airmen started the exercise by getting dropped off by a helicopter and then had to make their way through the village with the end goal being to take control with maximum efficiency and minimum casualties.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Tactical air control party Airmen from the 13th Air Support secure a village during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The Airmen started the exercise by getting dropped off by a helicopter and then had to make their way through the village with the end goal being to take control with maximum efficiency and minimum casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron secure a village during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the exercise, the team of Airmen were in charge of gaining control of the fake village, while the instructors played as an opposing force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron secure a village during mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the exercise, the team of Airmen were in charge of gaining control of the fake village, while the instructors played as an opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

An Airman from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron waits during a pause in the exercise July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the tactical air control party mission qualification training exercise, Airmen participated in securing a village, injured personnel rescue and handling a hostage scenario. The PAUSE-EX was put in place so the instructors could set up in transition between securing the village and the hostage scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

An Airman from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron waits during a pause in the exercise July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. During the tactical air control party mission qualification training exercise, Airmen participated in securing a village, injured personnel rescue and handling a hostage scenario. The PAUSE-EX was put in place so the instructors could set up in transition between securing the village and the hostage scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Senior Airman Jake Cook, left, 2nd Lt. Tyler Johnson and Senior Airman James Adams, Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, plan their route of attack in the squadron’s mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. In the exercise, many of the instructors role played as the opposing force against the students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Senior Airman Jake Cook, left, 2nd Lt. Tyler Johnson and Senior Airman James Adams, Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, plan their route of attack in the squadron’s mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. In the exercise, many of the instructors role played as the opposing force against the students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Staff Sgt. Luis Maldonado, left, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party journeyman, briefs instructors before they help the new Airmen in mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. In the exercise, the instructors played multiple roles to assist with the MQT, such as leading the team of students, playing as the opposing force, setting up the event or just overseeing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Staff Sgt. Luis Maldonado, left, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party journeyman, briefs instructors before they help the new Airmen in mission qualification training July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. In the exercise, the instructors played multiple roles to assist with the MQT, such as leading the team of students, playing as the opposing force, setting up the event or just overseeing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing aid the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron get through mission qualification training by practicing a contingency scenario landing and unloading of a C-130 Hercules July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The C-130 was carrying tactical air control party Airmen, a Humvee and supplies for the exercise.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing aid the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron get through mission qualification training by practicing a contingency scenario landing and unloading of a C-130 Hercules July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The C-130 was carrying tactical air control party Airmen, a Humvee and supplies for the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Tactical air control party Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron watch a C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing land July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The 302nd AW helped the 13th ASOS conduct a mission qualification training exercise by using their aircraft as part of their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 10

Tactical air control party Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron watch a C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing land July 17, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado. The 302nd AW helped the 13th ASOS conduct a mission qualification training exercise by using their aircraft as part of their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Ten Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron went through a tactical air control party mission qualification training exercise July 15-18, 2019 on Fort Carson, Colorado.

The training is a way to gauge each Airman’s deployment readiness, test how the Airmen can perform as a team and is also one of the final steps of upgrade training for new Airmen. The training is for both newly assigned junior enlisted Airmen and officers.

The group of Airmen went through multiple scenarios put together by more experienced TACPs and joint terminal attack controllers, to include clearing a building, securing a village, injured personnel rescue and handling a hostage situation.

The exercise started Monday, July 15, and did not end until early Thursday morning, but for the students, preparations started the week prior.

“We tried to model it after real world operations,” said 2nd Lt. Stephen Stein, 13th ASOS TACP officer and chief of training. “So last week, before they started, the students received an operations order, which is something we would receive from the U.S. Army for an up and coming mission. After that, they started planning. So they had to start preparing the equipment, get the vehicles ready and then from there they had a timeline of when they would start the mission.”

During their exercise, the students were critiqued on their skillsets to make sure they would be ready in any contingency operation, ultimately deciding if they are deployable.

“I think this really showed us what we can expect in the future,” said 2nd Lt. Parker Gray, 13th ASOS TACP officer and exercise team lead. “ We were completing objectives and missions with criteria all throughout the week, all with minimal sleep, and I think that really showed us how we may react in the future, when we are in that kind of environment.”

Although the exercise was only for ten Airmen, approximately 30 TACPs and JTACs were involved with organizing the training exercise, participating as instructors, playing the role of an opposing force or helping set things up.

 After the exercise, both Gray and Stein said they took away a lot from these events.

Stein, having done his training about 12 years prior as an enlisted TACP, said he was impressed with the effort the squadron put into it, and believed this set the new standard for MQT.

“The amount of hard work that was put into this by the instructors to set it up and make sure the scenarios were realistic and made sense, was phenomenal,” said Stein.

Gray, as the student, said he took away lessons of leadership and how to work with his teammates.

“I think the biggest lesson as a team lead was I started out the week making decisions fast just trying to get everything done, but later on in the week I started involving the team a little bit more in the decision making process,” said Gray. “When we had a question, we took a few more minutes to get the team together, and we came up with better decisions. We really came together as a team, worked together as a team and were able to help each other out.”

  Facebook
@21stSpaceWing 
Twitter
@PeteAFB
Instagram
PeteAFB_21SW
Youtube
PeteAFB
Flickr
21SWPAA