The best trained, best equipped, most motivated Air Force men and women who provide world-class air and weather support to the Joint Battle Team worldwide.
The history of the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron dates back to the years following World War I. Built in the 1920s, Marshall Army Airfield was host to many Air Corps flying units, including the famous "Pair-O-Dice" Squadron, now the 90th Fighter Squadron, Stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
The Army Air Corps has maintained a weather station at Marshall Army Airfield since World War II. At the inception of the Air Force in 1947, the Army weather personnel were transferred to the Air Force. Details of the era are very sketchy, but the earliest unit designation found for weather is from 1970. Weather people were under DET 8, 16 WS, 5 WW (Mobility Airlift Command).
DET 8, 16 WS accompanied the Big Red One (BRO) on REFORGER II in Germany, October of 1970. The Organic Weather Team again went to Germany for REFORGER III in October of 1971. In June of 1973 they supported REFORGER IV and again in September 1973 for REFORGER V. Weather people from Fort Riley supported all subsequent REFORGER exercises until 1992 when REFORGER exercises were terminated. In January of 1985, DET 8 supported Golden Saber XI at Fort Hood, TX.
Desert Shield/Desert Storm brought a new challenge for DET 8 personnel. A weather team was sent to the war and deployed with the modified 5-ton weather van. This design was later copied by other units.
In 1967 the first Radio Operator Maintainer and Driver (ROMAD) and an Air Liaison Officer (ALO) arrived at Fort Riley. They were originally housed at Camp Funston and the ALO had an office in the DOL building near the territorial capitol. The earliest unit designation for the ROMADs was OLA C, 702 TASS/USAF ALO (1975).
The Tactical Air Control Parties (TACP) at Fort Riley have supported numerous activities and also maintain an annual training requirement to attend the National Training Center with Fort Riley. They deployed to Desert Storm with the Army and survived the rigors of war.
In July of 1994 the Weather detachment and the TACPs were integrated into one squadron. This became the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron.
The 10 ASOS has TACPs available to provide Ground Forward Air Controllers (FAC) in various tactical situations, both day and night at the following ranges.
Smoky Hill ANG Weapons Range:
Smoky Hill Weapons Range, nestled in the rolling hills of Salina, Kansas, is our range of choice. If range time is already scheduled, we can provide Ground FACs with as little as 24 hours prior notice.
Fort Riley, Kansas:
Fort Riley range use can be scheduled with a 21 day notice for dry CAS only. Working in conjunction with Army exercises can provide aircrews with realistic “Force on Force” scenarios.
We can provide equipment and personnel for static displays with prior notification.
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