17th Special Tactics Squadron
|17th Special Tactics Squadron|
Redesignation ceremony of the 17th ASOS as the 17th STS on 8 August 2013 at Fort Benning
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Type||Special Operations Force|
|Part of||720th Special Tactics Group|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Benning, Georgia|
|Engagements||War in Afghanistan
|17th Special Tactics Squadron emblem|
The 17th Special Tactics Squadron is one of the 10 Special Tactics Squadrons of United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It is garrisoned at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The 17th STS is the only Special Tactics Squadron that is composed solely of Tactical Air Control Party operators and Air Liaison Officers. The other Special Tactics Squadrons are composed of Special Tactics Officers, Combat Controllers, Combat Rescue Officers, Pararescuemen and Special Operations Weather Technicians. The squadron's primary mission is to provide special tactics TACPs to the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment for unconventional operations.
- Constituted as 17 Air Support Operations Squadron on 24 June 1994 and activated on 1 July 1994
- Redesignated as 17 Special Tactics Squadron on 8 August 2013
- 18th Air Support Operations Group 1 July 1994 – 1 October 2008
- 720th Special Tactics Group 1 October 2008 – Present
- Col John T. Carney Jr.; Benjamin F. Schemmer (2003). No Room for Error: The Covert Operations of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran To Afghanistan. Presidio Press. ISBN 978-0345453358.
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