ROMAD / FAC / TACP
TWO Different Reunion Announcements
Today's Flash Patch represents the following as
it evolved over time:
PACK RATS ~ ROMAD ~ FAC & Today TACP or JTAC.
Today this patch is worn on a Black Beret and is part of the official USAF uniform.
These Special Operations Units of the USAF are the only units at this time authorized to
wear the black beret. All of the other units wear a blue beret.
USAF ROMAD / TACP Beret
ROMAD has stood for a number of different acronyms over the years. For example - just a short list:
"Radio Operator, Maintenance And Driver" (ROMAD) - This was Short Lived. Next came the "Recon, Observe, Mark, And Destroy" (ROMAD). Preferred and known today as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) or TAC-P and / JTAC.
were also know in the early days of Vietnam as "Pack Rats" because
we carried our
equipment into combat beside the US Army & Marines, Korean
Army & Marines, Australian Army, and South Vietnam's Army and
"Pack Rats" were highly respected by any unit that was under fire by
the enemy. We were part of the Special
Operations of / in the USAF while in South Vietnam and South Korea.
We were also assigned to the 505 TCG while TDY to South Vietnam.
There are several versions of the TACP's depending on what you are trained to do and what your skill level is which is tied to the promotion system. E-TAC's / J-TAC's and TAC-P's are just several that come to mind. Each preform the same controller job but also have different skills necessary to do other jobs. If you would like to see the requirements necessary to enter into the TACP ranks then visit this address www.romad.com. Listed are all of the different schools that you must go to. There is a special emphasis on rough physical training. This field is now considered one of the Special Forces of the US Air Force or Special Operations Division (SO or SOD).
DASF ~ ROMAD ~ TACP
Jim Mead - One of the original Pack Rat's - Jan 23rd, 2013
Vincent Richard Green - 1st DASF - Oct. 2nd, 2012
Ed Janus - Feb 1st, 2012
Joe Traxler - 5th DASF - Dec 27th, 2011
David Brookbank, Col. USAF Ret.
Glenn Barker - 1st DASF - Aug 6th, 2011
The above are the ones that I have been notified of their passing.
This new memorial is in honor of
Air Control Party Personnel,
To find this location on base requires that you go
Having just come back from a trip out west to the 4 corners area, I stopped by the "TAC-P" training center at Hurlburt Field and was treated to a great tour of their training center.
Among the questions I asked are they actually going to be moved to Lackland AFB. The E-7 that showed me around stated flatly that was not in the works at this time and that all the talk has become very quite about the proposed move over the past year. He indicated that they had enough area at Hurlburt Field to do the required training if the USAF just provided the additional materials necessary. However I now see in the News Groups that the move is actually now going to happen sometime in 2015. Time will tell on this one.
I enjoyed seeing what they are putting these men through to become TACP's so that they can blend in with the Army when necessary. I learned that very few ROMADS actually are assigned to the Coast Guard or Navy. 98% are assigned to various Army and Marine Units in the Hot Spots around the world. Having spoken to a number of returning Army guys from the current war zones and mention a TACP, they are full of nothing but praise for them and we can't live with out them comments. Nice complements from these Army and Marines guys!
To learn more about the TACP's click on the link below to visit Charlie Heidals Active Duty ROMAD website at >>> http://www.romad.com
Original Tiger Patch - Vietnam Era
The Original 1965 ~ 1977 Style Korean Tiger Patches and Hat Pins are now available in the USA. In 1978 the patch was changed by the South Korean Army to the new style. In 2013 the Patch was again changed to a completely different design.
Available only through this web site.
Just announced in Oct 2013 by the Korean Tiger Division,
To all ROMAD's - We Need Your Help
There are TWO different
First: is the TAC-P - ROMAD reunion on
Please note that the TACP / ROMAD website is found at
Second: below is the ROMAD / FAC Reunion on the
Pleaes note that the FAC Web site has all of their
Some additional TACP web sites to explore.
Below are the 7
Direct Air Support Flights,
each consisted of about 15 to 20 officers and 10 to 12 enlisted men combined
for a total of about 29 men to make up the ROMAD / FAC
teams of 2 or 3 men.
The total number of men in the flight is minus motor pool, power, office personnel etc.
Normally this was supplied by the host air base.
South Korean TIGER DIVISION ROMAD's were know as "Pack Rats", Group #3, 1965 ~ 1974 +, and were located at the South Korean DIVISION HQ and Camp Thunderbolt as well as at remote locations from these camps. Camp Thunderbolt was assigned to the South Korean Tiger Division Cav. Regiment Division located just West of Qui Nhon, Vietnam on highway QL-19 at the base of An Khe Pass. You will also find that the South Korean Tiger Division HQ also known as Tiger Town, was just South, South West of Qui Nhon, Vietnam, and just West, off of highway QL-1 South of the QL-19 interchange. (Note: the QL = US in highway numbering like highway US-1). We also served with the South Korean Blue Dragon Marine Division all over the place in ICOR II region.
The DASF's PagesAdditions, updates and corrections are made as I receive the information.
No Airman have checked in that were assigned to this unit.
ROMAD / DASC / TAC Units and
603rd DASS Page
Bangert was assigned to the
The following links below have the actual link address shown.
Please click on these links to go there.
both Korean AND English sections on this link.
Your question(s) will be translated
from the English side and posted
There is a
great wealth of information on their part of this
one of the Active Duty ROMAD
has been set up and is run by Charlie Heidal
for use by the
CURRENT ROMAD's and
TACP teams' that are on
USAF . Several areas are
off limits to non active duty service people since these men are overseas
fighting in the major conflicts, but most of the site is not pass word
protected. He has a lot of excellent information on today's ROMAD's
including the schools and training that are required to become a ROMAD.
This includes all of the training that one must under go, plus the duty they
perform. If you are a ex-ROMAD and wish to contact Charlie for access to the
full site, follow the rules on his page to get your login and password. Include
your name, unit, location and time period of service as a ROMAD.
in Vietnam and Thailand, 1962 ~ 1975
M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck
This site is located in England
This site has been published and is maintained to serve as a point of reference and meeting place for all those with an interest in the history, restoration, and use of the M151 MUTT and all of its variants. It is our hope that enthusiasts, whatever their experience and specific interest in this amazing machine, will enjoy and gain from their visit. This group has a large number of these vehicles on hand. The web site has a lot of useful information on this vehicle.
We have tried to ensure that all information on this site is accurate, and that all images are correctly annotated and credited to the appropriate source. However, with so many thousands of images available from so many sources, mistakes can arise, and if you should spot any image or information that you feel has been published in error, then please let us know at email@example.com. Also, there are images of army personnel and others included in some photographs. If any individual would prefer us not to use a photograph of him or herself on this site, then please contact us so that it can be removed.
Vietnam War Resources
These are excellent listing of all of the combat operations within Vietnam. These two archives / listing should be a must if you are doing any kind of research on this war.
The first resource is from the Georgia Tech Research Library . This is by far one of the largest offerings for research on the web. This site has so many links on their page that it is just unreal. You may connect to this resource at: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~tpilsch/Vietnam.html
The Second resource that is highly recommended is that of The Vietnam Center and Archive of the Texas Tech University . This site is also very large but has more oral history in it. This site may be found at this address: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu
Another very good site to visit for discussions or search for others.
The Map Section.
All Maps are at 1 : 250,000 resolution or scale.
That means extremely large files that take a while to download.
The Vietnam War
Area Of Operations
1965 - 1975
Welcome to Jim Henthorn's Vietnam Veterans Page!
Preliminary Map Scanning Completed as of
Indexing of place names is not complete. "I'll be adding vintage maps of the remaining areas of Thailand in the near future as I get them done!" Please note that this is a very large site and the maps of Vietnam are very detailed thus they are large files to download.
This is still a work in progress and will be for many years to come. These maps are excellent for detailed research of / on the war.
Yes, these maps are printable if your have a large enough printer and paper - "Paper size should be at least 13" X 17" but consider triple that size if you really want to read it!" to properly print out these maps in full color.
Ray's Map Room
Vietnam Areas of Operation
(battles and fire fights).
Ray has taken
the maps from Jim Henthorn's map room and added
places, battles and other important points of information concerning the various
battles from this war. Each point
of interest will have a orange diamond marker on the map. This diamond when clicked
produce a pop up window with pictures and
a brief written history for the action that took place at this location. This has been very well done and is a
still in progress .....
On this link you will find all of the information that you will need to deal with the VA concerning Agent Orange or Ranch Hand. This site contains a wealth of information and contact sources for you if you were in a area that was subject to spraying and are wishing to file a claim with the VA. Check it out for your own sake. File your claim if you were there. You have nothing to loose but a little time and a lot of aid, both medical and financial.
This is an Unofficial Site for the 7 Direct Air Support Flights (DASF), prepared and maintained by a U.S. Air Force Veteran whom was a member of the 4th DASF. This web site is not in any way sponsored by, approved by, or otherwise sanctioned by the United States Air Force.
If you experience any difficulties within this site or you have information and /or corrections related to this site that you wish to contribute / make, please email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright, 1996 ~ 2014