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Welcome to the U.S. Air Force's
7 Direct Air Support Flights (DASF).
Years of operation = 1965 ~ 1976.

The Vietnam Era!

Today know as TAC-P

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 ~ ROMADs ~ FACs & Today TACP, JTAC or TAC-Ps.
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 (2012).  All of the other USAF 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 Operations Units.


Our History

Our ROMAD / FAC field started out during the Korean War (1950 ~ 1954).  During this time they did just what we did in South Vietnam.  We call in close air support to stop the enemy from advancing on our troops.  After the Korean War was over, the ROMADs and FACs were forgotten about till the war in South Vietnam started.  Then the USAF decided to reactivate the the ROMADs and FACs and press them back into action in South Vietnam.  So in 1965 the Direct Air Support Flights units were created in 7 different locations around the South East Asia Region.  This is their story.

ROMAD has stood for a number of different acronyms over the years. For example - here is a short list:

"Radio Operator, Maintenance And Driver" (ROMAD) - This was short lived being less than 6 months.  
Next came "Recon, Observe, Mark, And Destroy"
(ROMAD) - This lasted through out the Vietnam war. 
Preferred and known today as a
"Tactical Air Control Party" (TACP) or as a TAC-P, J-TAC.

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 and Marines.  The "Pack Rats" were highly respected by any unit that was under fire by the enemy since we were right there with them on the front lines.  We were part of the Special Operations in the USAF while in South Vietnam and South Korea. We were also assigned to the 505 TCG while TDY to South Vietnam during the war.

We were the only USAF troops to go headlong into "ground combat and conduct air strikes while under enemy fire" 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. By the way, the USAF did NOT have a combat ribbon until the year 2001 and it was NOT made retroactive backwards to the Vietnam War which is a shame.


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 officers (who were able to fly the O1e Bird Dog as well as other aircraft) who were called a CFAC or Combat Forward Air Controller.  Each pair were assigned to one of the 7 different Direct Air Support Flights through out South East Asia. In addition, as the war continued, other AFSC's such as Radio & Morse Intercept operators were also pulled into these units spanning a time from 1965 ~ 1975. 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 during night time operation where the O1e Bird Dog could not fly as this plane was VFR only.

Today - 2014, the TACP's AFSC is now know as 1C4X. To get into the ranks you should be at least an E-4 rank with a grade level of "5" to be considered eligible to sign up. These requirements having been changed slightly and may change again due to government cutbacks.  Full training is rough and tough with a lot of hard physical training and takes about one year to complete all of the required schools. The last that I have heard the pass / fail rate is about 35% of each flight going through the complete school. This also includes those that are being jump qualified.

There are several versions of the TACP's depending on what you are trained to do and what your skill level is which is also 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 aircraft controllers job but also have different skills necessary to do other jobs sets while out on the front lines.

 If you would like to see the requirements necessary to enter into the TACP ranks then take a minute and visit this address www.romad.com and visit the training section. Listed are all of the different schools that you must go to. There is a special emphasis on rough physical training - got to keep up with the army you know! This field is now considered the Special Forces of the US Air Force or Special Operations Division (SO or SOD).


 

DASF ~ ROMAD ~ TACP
National Registry

Vietnam Era Only


Please check your information in the

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 and remember to check either the
New or the Update box.


   to View and / or look up any ROMAD listed in the registry. 


 

  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 - 1st DASF - Oct. 2nd, 2012

Ed Janus - Feb 1st, 2012

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

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

Glenn Barker - 1st DASF - Aug 6th, 2011

 

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 located between their barracks.

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


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


To see a video I did of the Hurlburt Field TACP Center  

 




 Available Now - Vietnam Era Tiger Patch / Pin


Patch Hat Pin

The 1965 ~ 1975 style of the South Korean Tiger Patches and Hat Pins are
now available in the USA.  In 1978 after the war was over the patch was changed by
the South Korean Army to the new style.  Then in 2013 the Patch was again changed
to a different new design.  See below for the new patch on the lady.

   To order this patch or pin.


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
 

 

 

There are currently TWO different active
TACP / ROMAD Groups found on the Net.


First one seems to be the active duty airmen group.

www.USAFTACP.ORG/


This is the the bigger of the two groups but
includes current active duty men plus those
that have retired from active service.

  http://www.fac-assoc.org/
Membership is not required but requested.
 
     Pictures of the 2008 Vietnam ERA DASF / ROMAD Reunion that was held in Las Vegas NV.  Here are some pictures of what we did, some of what happened and the guys that were there.  Includes the new radio control vehicle.

Some additional TACP web sites to explore.

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

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

Thank you for your co-operation

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
, 1975. 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 then Camp Red Cloud located in South Korea.

 


The Pack Rats History

The South Korean TIGER DIVISION ROMAD's in Vietnam 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 Cav. Regiment Division located just West of Qui Nhon, Vietnam on Highway QL-19 near the base of An Khe Pass.  You will also find 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 located well South of the QL-19 interchange.  (Note: the QL = US in the highway numbering like highway US-1). We also served with the South Korean Blue Dragon Marines all over the place in the I-COR, II-COR and III-COR regions.

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


 

 The 7 DASF 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 in Korea and in Vietnam 

   Airman Robin Michael's Pictures
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha, Vietnam
ROK Tiger Div., CAV. REG., Vietnam 1965-66
An Original Pack Rat / ROMAD, GP #3
ROK Tiger Div., CAV REG, Vietnam 1965-66
Plus South 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 below


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

 

 

 603rd Direct Air Support Squadron (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
Harpo replace Robin Michael in 1967.
Plus a description of how Mike became a ROMAD.

  Plus Mike's pictures. 



 

  to Richard Bullen's Pictures from the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS)



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.



The following links below have the actual link address shown.

Please click on these links to go there.

 



You might want to read about these men 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 South Korean Vietnam Veterans Web Site
This site is 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.
Please use the English Section and 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

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  as well as those that have retired from the Air Force.  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 a description of all of the training that one must under go, plus the duty they perform. There are several areas in this web site that are restricted. If you are an 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.
 

 

  http://squawk-flash.org

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, Dustoff's, 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
M151A1 ~ AN/MRC-108
Jeep and Generator / Trailer


M151A1 ~ AN/MRC-108 Jeep

This restoration is now on display
complete with the generator / trailer at
Wright Patterson Air Field at the
USAF Museum of Aviation.

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 scaled at 1 : 250,000 resolution.

That means extremely large files that can take a while to download
depending on the speed of your internet service.


 HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION IS RECOMMENDED

 

 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 shortly.

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 !  

These maps are also in full color.

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

 


 

 Ray's Map Room

Vietnam's 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 above 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 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 February 2014, there has been over 375 additional new 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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Copyright, 1996 ~ 2015
by
Robin Michael
ROMAD
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha ~ 4th DASF
Qui Nhon ~ An Khe, South Vietnam and Osan AB, South Korea