A Tactical Air Control Party, commonly abbreviated TACP (pronounced TAC-P), is usually a team of two or more United States Air Force Tactical Air Controllers (AFSC 1C4X1), sometimes including an Air Liaison Officer (a qualified aviator), which is assigned to a U.S. Army combat maneuver unit, either conventional or special operational, to advise ground commanders on the best use of air power, establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic, act as an inter-service liaison, control naval gunfire, and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U. The Air Force Specialty Code ( AFSC) is an Alphanumeric code used by the United States Air Force to identify an Air Force Specialty (AFS The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. A Joint terminal attack controller is a qualified (certified Military service member who from a forward position directs the action of Combat aircraft engaged in S. and coalition close air support and other air-to-ground aircraft. A coalition is an alliance among individuals during which they cooperate in joint action, each in their own Self-interest. In Military tactics, close air support ( CAS) is defined as air action by fixed or rotary winged aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to
Along with being assigned to all conventional Army combat units, TACP airmen are also attached to Special Forces, Navy SEAL, and Army Ranger, as well as Joint Special Operations Command units and multi-national Special Operations task forces, primarily as communications experts and precision airstrike controllers. In most countries special forces (SF is a generic term for highly-trained Military teams/units that conduct specialized operations such as Reconnaissance The Joint Special Operations Command ( JSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM and is charged to study special operations
In addition, TACP members can be assigned to AFSOC Special Tactics Squadrons to train Air Force Combat Controllers, traditionally responsible for austere airfield Air Traffic Control, in the tactics, techniques, and procedures of Close Air Support control.
Enlisted members are known as ROMADs (formerly "Radio Operator, Maintainer & Driver," from their time as assistants to officer-only Forward Air Controllers. The acronym is now widely accepted as standing for "Recon, Observe, Mark & Destroy" in reflection of the modern role of the TAC).
TACP members wear black berets, with a distinctive Red, Blue, and Green cloth flash and silver crest, as seen to the right. Air Liaison Officers are authorized to wear the black beret, flash, and rank while assigned to a TACP unit, but not at any other point in their career.
Contrary to old doctrine, TACP FAC's, now called "JTAC's", are enlisted men that provide Close Air Support. In Military tactics, close air support ( CAS) is defined as air action by fixed or rotary winged aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to Only a few officers were grandfathered into the FAC program; those few are the only officers remaining capable of providing Close Air Support. In Military tactics, close air support ( CAS) is defined as air action by fixed or rotary winged aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to