ASOS Airmen: strike with fury

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, looks through the scope on his weapon during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The role of an ASOS Airman is to be the subject matter expert on available air capabilities are for the ground commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, looks through the scope on his weapon during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The role of an ASOS Airman is to be the subject matter expert on available air capabilities are for the ground commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

An Airman with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, maneuvers to the objective during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S. forces throughout the training to challenge their capabilities in controlling air power in an urban environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

An Airman with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, maneuvers to the objective during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S. forces throughout the training to challenge their capabilities in controlling air power in an urban environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Tormod Lillekroken, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party, takes cover on a roof top with his team during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S. forces throughout the training to challenge their capabilities in controlling air power in an urban environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Tormod Lillekroken, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party, takes cover on a roof top with his team during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S. forces throughout the training to challenge their capabilities in controlling air power in an urban environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Logan Bennett, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, and Senior Airman Ericson Galinato, 2nd ASOS tactical air control party, discuss their plan of attack during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Logan Bennett, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, and Senior Airman Ericson Galinato, 2nd ASOS tactical air control party, discuss their plan of attack during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Deshaun Dixon, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, loads his magazine with blank rounds during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Deshaun Dixon, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, loads his magazine with blank rounds during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Ericson Galinato, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, holds a smoke grenade during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Ericson Galinato, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, holds a smoke grenade during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Airmen from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron carry a simulated casualty during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. Blank rounds and smoke grenades were used during the training to simulate the potential chaos ASOS Airmen may experience during a real world mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Airmen from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron carry a simulated casualty during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. Blank rounds and smoke grenades were used during the training to simulate the potential chaos ASOS Airmen may experience during a real world mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, takes cover behind a hill during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. By conducting the training in an urban environment the ASOS team was forced to think about proper tactics to ensure they weren’t caught in the line of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, takes cover behind a hill during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. By conducting the training in an urban environment the ASOS team was forced to think about proper tactics to ensure they weren’t caught in the line of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control ember, watches for opposing forces during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. By conducting the training in an urban environment the ASOS team was forced to think about proper tactics to ensure they weren’t caught in the line of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control ember, watches for opposing forces during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. By conducting the training in an urban environment the ASOS team was forced to think about proper tactics to ensure they weren’t caught in the line of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Airmen from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, drag a simulated casualty for medical evacuation during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. Blank rounds and smoke grenades were used during the training to simulate the potential chaos an ASOS Airman may experience during a real world mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)
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Airmen from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, drag a simulated casualty for medical evacuation during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. Blank rounds and smoke grenades were used during the training to simulate the potential chaos an ASOS Airman may experience during a real world mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Tormod Lillekroken, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, rejoins his team after helping a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 for medical evacuation during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)
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Senior Airman Tormod Lillekroken, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, rejoins his team after helping a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 for medical evacuation during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Senior Airman Logan Bennett, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, drives through a simulated urban village during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. All ASOS Airmen begin their career as a tactical air control party. JTAC is a status earned after completing on-the-job training and thus qualified to call close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)
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Senior Airman Logan Bennett, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, drives through a simulated urban village during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. All ASOS Airmen begin their career as a tactical air control party. JTAC is a status earned after completing on-the-job training and thus qualified to call close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

A simulated casualty is hoisted onto an UH-60 for medical evacuation during joint terminal attack controller training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)
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A simulated casualty is hoisted onto an UH-60 for medical evacuation during joint terminal attack controller training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 9, 2016. The training consisted of 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --  He tries to ignore the silent trickle of rain falling down his face and focuses on the rapid bursts of gun fire in the distance; he and his Airmen will be found soon.

However, that concentration is short lived as a deafening gust of wind erupts from above and the command "get him to the helicopter," is yelled by his team.

Unable to move due to his wounds, his comrades grab his bulletproof vest and sprint toward the UH-60 Black Hawk for medical evacuation all while evading the barrage of gun fire.

The mission conducted was a training scenario held at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8 through 9, to prepare 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron Airmen for real-world operations.

The 2nd ASOS is a combat support unit and their role is to provide tactical command and control of airpower assets to the ground commander for combat missions.

"In the moments where bullets can't get the job done is where we come in," said Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd ASOS tactical air control party. "If there is a building full of targets I can call for close air support and that obstacle is cleared almost immediately." 

To further improve their skills, half of the Airmen took the role as opposing forces to ensure their wingmen faced a formable challenge.

"At first it was pretty difficult to stay focused while running around, taking cover and searching for the enemy," Dietrich said. "But after a while it became white noise and I was able to choose what aircraft needs to take out what targets and help us move through the objective area."

By focusing on various aspects of what they could expect during operations, both the experienced and unfamiliar Airmen gained something to improve their proficiency.

"Conducting training in an urban environment forced young TACPs like me along with the more experienced,  think outside the box," Dietrich said. "Even though rounds are going off around us and smoke grenades are clouding the battlefield there can't be any mistakes when close air support is called in, especially when we are near the targets."

Having the ability to change lives with a single call could be a daunting responsibility, but for one TACP it was the perfect challenge.

"When I joined the military I wanted something that would test my skills and make my family proud," said Senior Airman Ericson Galinato, 2nd ASOS TACP. "The answer I found was to be part of the ASOS community and here I am now at 24 years old in charge of multi-million dollar equipment and making the battlefield safer for us and our allies."

Though it was his loved ones that helped Galinato reach his goal, he explains it is the support from his new family that inspired him to achieve new heights.

"We are around each other so much it feels more like a family than an office," Galinato said. "We constantly push each other to be better and it's because of that guidance [I have grown.]"

While there will be times a TACP or JTAC could be out in the field alone, they can always rely on training and experiences shared by their peers to strike with fury in the battlefield.