Thursday, January 10, 2013

Texas picked for TACP school

Training for airmen who direct combat airstrikes will move from Florida to Texas. Air Force officials announced Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, as the preferred alternative to host the Terminal Air Control Party (TACP) School. It was chosen over Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The environmental impact analysis process must be complete before the decision is final. There's been an increase in demand for TACPs to support Army units, and the current school at Hurlburt Field, Fla., can't produce enough. Air Force TACPs act as the battlefield liaison between ground forces and aircraft overhead. They direct close-air support firepower toward enemy targets on the ground. (Source: AFNS, 01/09/13) The 19-week training at Hurlburt produces 270 graduates a year, but the Air Force wants to increase that number by 100. (Source: San Antonio Press, 01/10/13) Previous