COLORADO SPRINGS, CT, UNITED STATES
Story by Audrey Jensen
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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