17th Special Tactics Squadron

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17th Special Tactics Squadron
17th ASOS becomes 17th STS.jpg
Redesignation ceremony of the 17th ASOS as the 17th STS on 8 August 2013 at Fort Benning
Active 1994–present
Country  United States of America
Branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Type Special Operations Force
Role Special Operations
Part of 720th Special Tactics Group insignia.jpg 720th Special Tactics Group
Garrison/HQ Fort Benning, Georgia
Engagements War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
17th Special Tactics Squadron emblem 17th Special Tactics Squadron.jpg

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.[1][2]


  • 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



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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Savage, Craig (28 August 2013). "24th SOW re-designates 17th ASOS". 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "24th Special Operations Wing". 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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