Eight Special Operations Airmen were recognized for their valor during a deployment in Afghanistan as part of a 75th Ranger Regiment task force.
The Air Commandos came from the 17th Special Tactics Squadron. In conjunction with the Rangers and other American and Coalition units, they completed 129 direct action raids and 153 kinetic strikes.
The 17th Special Tactics Squadron is mostly comprised of Special Operations TACP Airmen, Air Liaison Officers, and Special Reconnaissance operators, formerly known as Special Operations Weather Technicians (SOWT). Airmen assigned to 17th STS are almost exclusively attached to and provide Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) capabilities to the 75th Ranger Regiment. The main role of a JTAC is to direct airstrikes in support of the ground force.
U.S. Air Force Colonel William White, the commanding officer of the 720th Special Tactics Group, which 17th STS falls under, praised his Airmen in a press statement.