This web site was last updated on 06/17/2014

Welcome to the U.S. Air Force's
7 Direct Air Support Flights (DASF)
Years of operation = 1964 ~ 1976

The Vietnam Era

The DASF Flights were primarily deployed in South Vietnam
and along the South Korean DMZ. At the present time there is a
DASC still located on the South Korean DMZ near Camp Red Cloud.

 

Today's Flash Patch represents the following as it evolved over time:
PACK RATS / ROMAD / FAC & TACP.
Today this patch is worn on a Black Beret and is part of the official USAF uniform.
This Special Operations Unit of the USAF is the only unit at this time authorized to
wear the black beret.  All of the other units wear a blue beret.

 

USAF ROMAD / TACP Beret

TACP Flash Patch as worn on the USAF Black Beret.
Members of the TACP ranks are now considered to
be members of the US Air Force Special Operation Units.


ROMAD has stood for a number of different acronyms over the years. For example - 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).

We 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.  The "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 the only USAF troops to go headlong into ground combat and conduct air strikes while under enemy fire on the ground and never receive a combat ribbon or any recognition for our combat service!  Most of us think this was totally unfair but that is the military for you. The USAF did NOT have a combat ribbon until the year of 2001 and it was not retroactive backwards to the Vietnam War.


In the very beginning the primary Airman's AFSC (Army = MOS) chosen for this job were taken primarily from the 304X4 - Ground Radio Maintenance section (Army = Depot Level Radio Repair).  These airmen were then teamed up with an officers who were called a FAC or Forward Air Controller.  Each pair were assigned to one of the 7 different DASF units through out South East Asia. In addition, as the war continued, other AFSC's such as Radio and Morse Intercept operators were also pulled into these units spanning a time from 1965 ~ 1976. As time went on these airmen had to assumed a bigger roll in calling in air strikes as the officers were very seldom around.  They could be on other missions flying in a O1e Bird Dog and the airmen was on the ground in yet a different location or a night time operation where the O1e Bird Dog could not fly as it was VFR only.

Today - 2014, the TACP's AFSC is now know as 1C4X. You must be at least an E-4 rank with a level "5" qualification  to be considered eligible to join the TACP ranks. (These requirements having been changed and may change again due to government cutbacks.)  Full training is rough and tough and takes about one year to complete all of the requirements. The last that I have heard the pass rate is about 35% of each flight in school.

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. 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 schools that you must go to. There is a special emphasis on 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 National Registry
Vietnam Era


Please check your information in the

DASF / ROMAD
PERSONNEL REGISTERY.
If your information is not correct, please update it.
This includes all Officers and Airmen.


to either Register or Update your information in the Registry - Please use this form. Your entry will be entered or updated ASAP.
Please remember to check either the
New or the Update box.


   to View and / or look up any ROMAD listed in the registry.  This registry is indexed by last name.  The database was last updated on 06/17/2014. 


 

  Vietnam Era ROMAD's
A final salute


Jim Mead - One of the original Pack Rat's - Jan 23rd, 2013
Includes Jims own story of the way it was.

Vincent Richard Green -
Radio Op - 1st DASF -
Oct. 2nd, 2012

Ed Janus - Feb 1st, 2012

David Brookbank, Col. USAF Ret.
- 20 ALO Trail Control - Nov 24th, 2011

Joe Traxler - 5th DASF - Dec 27th, 2011

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 All Tactical Air Control Party Personnel,
FAC and ROMAD's both past and present.  This memorial is located at the
home of the TACP Training Center located at Hurlburt
Field in Florida.

 To find this location on base requires that you go
to the "TAC-P" Training Field which is between their barracks.


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.  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 actually are assigned to the Marines or Navy.  98% are assigned to various Army 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 and we can't live with out them comments.  Nice complements from these Army guys!

To learn more about the TACP's click on the link below to Charlie Heidals Active Duty ROMAD website at >>> http://www.romad.com


To see the entire collection of pictures taken at the dedication
of this memorial, please click on this 
 




  The Original Tiger Patch Vietnam Era
Patch Hat Pin

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.

  To order this patch or pin    here.

Available only through this web site.


Just announced in Oct 2013 by the Korean Tiger Division,
They have adopted a new style patch as seen
on the young lady below.

 

 

 

 

To all ROMAD's - We Need Your Help

 


 to the Research and History Pages  on the 7 Direct Air Support Flights.

This includes correspondence with the USAF Archives and comments from:

Tom Brenham
Harold Goldman
Labon Bumphus

Plus emailed comments
sent in by other members of
the DASFs to this website.
Won't you add your comments
to this section.  Write it up and
email it to:
romad@charter.net
 

 

 

2014 FAC "Homecoming" Reunion
Ft Walton Beach, FL
 October 22 ~ 26, 2014 
Here's the Intel Brief:

1) 2014 Reunion. Get Ready. The second "Mother of all FAC" reunions that will be held at Ft. Walton Beach, FL, October 2014. Start making plans now to attend. This reunion will probably be the largest FAC reunion ever so you don't want to miss it!

2) Tell us if you are planning on coming to the 2014 reunion. Are you bringing a guest? We expect this reunion may exceed the 750+ that came in 2000 and we need to be prepared. Give us a preliminary heads up as to how many are coming.

2) FAC Trivia Book and Claims to Fame. Let us make you famous. Now's your chance to "Tell All" so check it out! Following the reunion info (below) is a FAC Trivia Book Questionnaire Form for you to fill out (you have to go to their web site to fill it out) . We plan to publish a revised book in time for the 2014 reunion. Don't delay. Get your input to us now so we can get the book ready.

Tell your FAC buds you are coming to the 2014 reunion and get them here as well. This may be your best chance to see some of your long-lost buds you haven't seen in years.

The 80+ FACs living in the Ft Walton Beach area are going all out to make this a memorable event. Events will include:

Welcome Party
Hurlburt Field Tour
Mission & SEA Update Briefings
Static Displays
FAC Memorial / Remembrance Ceremony
Sunset Sailing from the beautiful Destin Harbor
Air Commando Assoc. Briefing
Seafood and Sand and more Seafood
Golf
FAC Callsign Meetings
FAC Assoc. Business Meeting
Banquet
Walks on the Beach
A Ton of Optional Activities
Plus, Much More

For more information and additional contacts please go to this web site:
 

 
http://www.fac-assoc.org/
Membership is not required but requested.



     Pictures of the 2008 DASF / ROMAD Reunion that was held in Las Vegas NV.  Here are pictures of what we did, some of what  happened and most of the guys that were there.
 

Some additional TACP web sites to explore.

www.afsoc.af.mil/specialtactics/tacp/index.asp

http://usaftacp.org

www.romad.com

 

 

Notice

All pictures are copyrighted by the respective owners,
but may be used without permission
>>>  IF  <<<
you provide the following credits / information with the photo:
Full credit to the person who took the picture and a link to
http://www.afdasf.org

DO NOT LINK TO THIS PAGE.

Thank you for your co-operation

Please do not link to any pages other than to the top page of http://www.afdasf.org  as this web site is undergoing a massive update this year. Most all of the links will end up being changed in their location. We are updating this site from HTML v1 to the new HTML v5 standards.  

 

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.

All DASF units were activated on or about the 15th of May, 1965, and were deactivated on September 15
, 1974. All 6 DASF's became part of the now the 604th DASS (Except the 7th DASF), located in Hawaii.
The 604th DASS was deactivated on May 17, 1976 and became the 604th DASC on the same date and years later was relocated to Osan Air Base and Camp Red Cloud located in South Korea.


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.


  to the listing of some of the known Pack Rats
that were assigned to the ROK
divisions.


 

 The DASF's Pages

Additions, updates and corrections are made as I receive the information.

 

   1st DASF Page

   Airman Vince Green's pictures
 

 

    2nd DASF Page

   Airman Wood's Korean Pictures
 

 

    3rd DASF Page

     Jim Donaldson Pictures

  Phillip De Mars Overseas Orders

 

 

    4th DASF Page

   Captain Burt Blatter's Pictures
Both Korea and Vietnam 

   Airman Robert Michael's Pictures
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha, Vietnam
ROK Tiger Div., CAV. REG., Vietnam 1965-66
Plus Korean Pictures

 
   Airman Gary Grubb's Korean Pictures

  Airman Tony Kristol's Page

 

    5th DASF Page

   Airman Joe Trexler's Vietnam Pictures (Deceased)

   Airman Don Schreiner's Vietnam Pictures
 

 

   6th DASF Page

No Airman have checked in that were assigned to this unit.

 

    7th DASF Page
which was changed into the 604th DASS ~ and
later became the 604th DASC in South Korea.

 

 ROMAD / DASC / TAC Units and Detailed Map Links


   Picture of the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron.
Republic of South Korean, Direct Air Support Center (DASC),
Weonju-si, Republic of South Korea, taken in 1972.

 

 

 603rd DASS Page

   Airman Steven Bowens Pictures

  A narrative by T.P. Woodfork
 


   MSgt Mike "Harpo" Humphrey, USAF Ret.
An Original Pack Rat / ROMAD, GP #3
ROK Tiger Div., CAV REG, Vietnam 1967-68
A nice brief description of how I became a ROMAD.

  Plus Mike's pictures. 



A2/c Chuck Bangert was assigned to the
505th Tactical Control Maintenance Squadron
(TCMS)
located at Can Tho, South Vietnam from June 65 ~ 66.

  to Chucks history and narrative plus his USAF orders.
  to Chucks pictures of his time in South Vietnam.


NEW


You guys might want to read about these guys that were airborne.

Their story is very interesting and this is the link to their page:

http://www.sgtmacsbar.com/Articles/KhamDuc/KhamDuc.html

 


 

The following links below have the actual link address shown.

Please click on these links to go there.

 




The South Korean Vietnam Veterans Web Site
located in South Korea.

http://www.vietvet.co.kr

There are both Korean  AND  English sections on this link.
Feel free to visit and ask any question that you might have.
You will get a prompt answer to you question in English.

Your question(s) will be translated from the English side and posted
into the Korean side and when an answer is received, it will once
again be translated and post back on the English side.

There is a great wealth of information on their part of this
war and men from both sides of the Pacific are exchanging
information and pictures taken in Vietnam.  All are welcome.

 


This is one of the Active Duty ROMAD sites.
http://www.romad.com/index.php

This site has been set up and is run by Charlie Heidal  for use by the CURRENT ROMAD's and TACP teams' that are on  ACTIVE DUTY  in the  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
This site contains the following groups:

5th TAC
505th TCG
619th TCS
620th TCS
621st TCS
505th TCG
507th TAG
19th TASS
20th TASS
21st TASS
22nd TASS
23rd TASS

Please note that this is a very large web page.  In addition to a lot of very useful information, this site includes information on various FAC's, Pack Rats, Dustoffs, ROMADS, plus other support organizations.  We exchange information with this site as additional documentation
becomes available.   Please feel free to check it out.

 


  A Full Restoration of a
M151-A1 Jeep and Generator / Trailer

Updated 19 Apr 2014

to the Restoration

This is just one of several restorations
that are underway at this time in
the USA, Australia, and England.

This restoration is located in the USA and
is now complete.  This will be on display
complete with the generator trailer at the
Wright Patterson Air Field at the USAF
Museum of Avaition.


M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck
http://m151.btck.co.uk/
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 mudslingers@live.co.uk.  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.

www.1anglico.org
 

 

The Map Section.

All Maps are at 1 : 250,000 resolution or scale.

That means extremely large files that take a while to download.


 HIGH SPEED INTERNET IS REQUIRED

 

 

 

 The Vietnam War

Area Of Operations 1965 - 1975

Welcome to Jim Henthorn's Vietnam Veterans Page!

Preliminary Map Scanning Completed as of 10/30/2001.
Map updates completed on 2012 and additional sections
are currently underway and will be posted shoretly.

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.

 http://www.nexus.net/~911gfx/sea-ao.html
 

 


 

 Ray's Map Room

Vietnam Areas of Operation (battles and fire fights).
Topographic Map WITH  digital images and comments
/ descriptions about what you are looking at.
Scale is 1:250,000 & files size extremely large.

Ray has taken the maps from Jim Henthorn's map room and added  many key 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 upon will 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 major work still in progress .....
As of 2014, there has been over 375 additional maps added.

 http://www.rjsmith.com/topo_map.html
 

 

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.

 http://www.veteransvoteyourcause.com

 



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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 romad@charter.net.

Copyright, 1996 ~ 2014
by
Robin Michael
ROMAD
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha ~ 4th DASF
Qui Nhon ~ An Khe, Vietnam and Osan AB, South Korea