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10th Air Support Operations Squadron [10th ASOS]

The mission of the 10th ASOS is to provide combat-ready Tactical Air Control Party assets for combat maneuver units of the 1st Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division.

The 10th ASOS is also tasked with advising the Army on US/Allied air capabilities and with coordinating attack/reconnaissance air assets in support of the joint battle plan.

The history of the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron dates can be traced back to the Army weather personnel of 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.

In July of 1994 the Weather detachment and the TACPs were integrated into one squadron. This became the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron.



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