first published on June 5, 2018 by Will
Believe it or not, being a pilot isn’t the only non-lame job in the Air Force. Air Force Special Ops troops bring extremely relevant and specialized skill sets to the battlefield to make our combat units that much more lethal.
Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) specialists embed with Army and Marine combat units to act as a liaison between attack aircraft and the warfighters they are supporting. The airmen send target coordinates to the aircraft and, in many cases, illuminate enemy locations with infrared designation devices.
A more advanced version of the TACP is the Combat Control Team (CCT). The combat controllers undergo years of advanced training that allows them to seamlessly embed with top of the line special forces units and deploy anywhere in the world by any means. The CT’s are still calling in targets to strike aircraft, while also using their state of the art communications equipment to continuously relay battle tracking information to the rear.
The notorious Air Force Pararescuemen, better known as PJs, are highly skilled medical personnel whose job entails treating and recovering downed pilots and other wounded friendly service members. To complete their mission, the PJs are expected to infiltrate undetected deep behind enemy lines by any means, to include parachute operations and SCUBA diving. Their training allows them to excel in the harshest environments from sun-baked deserts to the frigid arctic.
Then we have our Air Force Special Ops Weather Technicians (SOWT), which are weathermen that wear really sweet looking operator gear, but, uhhh, they’re weathermen. So, there’s not really a whole lot I can say to try and convince either you or myself that these guys are badasses. So, unless this SOWT job is just a front to launder CIA operatives into military operations, it looks like we’re back to making fun of the Air Force.