Today's Flash Patch represents the following as
it evolved over time:
PACK RATS ~ ROMADs ~ FACs & Today TACP, J-TACs 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). Several USAF Special Units wear
various shades of red berets. All other USAF units wear the blue beret.
USAF ROMAD / TAC-P Beret
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 about 6 months.
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 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 in South Vietnam
during the war.
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 ~ FAC/ROMAD ~ TAC-P
Jim Mead - 505 TASS, One of the original Pack Rat's - Jan 23rd, 2013
Vincent Richard Green - 1st DASF - Oct. 2nd, 2012
Ed Janus - 505 TASS, Feb 1st, 2012
Joe Traxler - 5th DASF - Dec 27th, 2011
David Brookbank, Col. USAF Ret.
Glenn Barker - 1st DASF - Aug 6th, 2011
This new memorial is in honor of
Air Control Party Personnel,
Please note that the TACP School has been moved to
Lackland AFB TX.
However to find this location on base requires that you go
To learn more about the TACP's click on the link
below to visit
Available Now - Vietnam Era Tiger Patch / Pin
1965 ~ 1975 style of the South Korean Tiger Patches
and Hat Pins are
Just announced in Oct 2013 by the South Korean Tiger
To all ROMAD's - We Need Your Help
There are currently TWO different
First one seems to be the active duty airmen group.
This is the the bigger of the two groups but
Some additional TAC-P web sites to explore.
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 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.
The 7 DASF PagesAdditions, updates and corrections are made as I receive the information.
Robin Michael's Pictures
No Airman have checked in that were assigned to this unit.
|ROMAD / DASC / TAC Units and Detailed Map Links below|
603rd Direct Air Support Squadron (DASS) Page
Bangert was assigned to the
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 better ROMAD
Please note that Charlie Heidal has not retired from the TACPs but
still maintains this site for all of the guys. 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
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. You will
need to 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
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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
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:
Another very good site to visit for discussions or search for others.
The Map Section
All Maps are scaled at 1 : 250,000 resolution.
extremely large files
that can 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 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
Ray's Map Room
Vietnam's Areas of Operation
(Battles and Fire Fights).
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
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
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.
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Qui Nhon ~ An Khe, South Vietnam and Osan AB, South Korea