The 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group provides airspace and air traffic services support and expertise to Army warfighters, major commands and installations worldwide. The 164th TAOG ensures safety of operations, standardization and controller/unit certification of Army Air Traffic Control. TAOG also develops and provides functional area support and expertise to meet Army airspace/ATS requirements in joint/combined environments, national and international airspace.
TAOG tasks include:
- Providing ATS assistance to support major combat operations
- Deploying ATS subject matter experts to support warfights, MACOMs and installations worldwide
- Deploying ATS maintenance response teams to MCOs
- Executing ATS quality assurance program for warfighters, MACOMs, and installations worldwide
- Executing training and readiness oversight of ATS RC units
- Executing support and sustainment operations of all ATS and subsystems worldwide
The distinctive unit insignia for the 164th TAOG has unique symbolism. The triangular shape symbolizes the Mekong Delta where the group was activated and conducted its operations. The concentric triangles refer to the unit’s growth in its primary mission to give support. Red and yellow are colors used by the Republic of Vietnam while the swooping silver hawk refers to the combat air power of the unit. The color blue is used by aviation units; it also alludes to the ultimate goal of peaceful blue skies. The words “Here Am I, Send Me” comes from the Bible in the book of Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" and I said, "Here Am I. Send Me!"
Commander, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group
Col. Jason T. Cook was commissioned from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1997 as an Aviation officer. After flight school and the AH-64A Apache transition at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a platoon leader in B Co., 3-229th Aviation Regiment, and later as the 229th Aviation Regiment HHC XO. In 2001, Cook was assigned to the U.S. European Command J33 staff in Stuttgart, Germany, as an Army Aviation planner for the Balkans region. After the Aviation... READ MORE
Command Sgt. Major, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael V. Telesco, II is a native of Palm Beach, Florida. He enlisted in the Army at 17 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 1993. He then attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a UH-1H Repairman. He has served in a variety of leadership positions from Phase Team Leader to Battalion Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include B Co., 4/228th, Soto Cano Honduras; A Co., 2/159th, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; ; B Co., 2/52nd... READ MORE