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The 17th Special Tactics Squadron is one of the ten Special Tactics Squadrons of United States Air Force Special Operations Command. It is garrisoned at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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
Country United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
RoleSpecial Operations
Part ofAir Force Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQFort Benning, Georgia
Motto(s)Ex Id Aer Pro Id Terra Latin Of the Air For the Ground
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Gallant Unit Citation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding unit Award[1]
17th Special Tactics Squadron emblem (approved 6 June 1996)[1]17th Special Tactics Squadron.jpg



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.[2][3]


The 17th STS is made up of a headquarters unit and two operational detachments. The headquarters unit is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Detachment 1 (Red Team) is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia and is attached to 1st Ranger Battalion. Detachment 2 (Silver Team) is stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and is attached to the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Each detachment consists of 13 TACPS and one ALO.


  • Constituted as the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron on 24 June 1994
Activated on 1 July 1994
  • Redesignated 17th Special Tactics Squadron on 8 August 2013[1]



See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e Bailey, Carl E. (24 April 2018). "Factsheet 17 Special Tactics Squadron (AFSOC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ Savage, Craig (28 August 2013). "24th SOW re-designates 17th ASOS". 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ "24th Special Operations Wing". 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2013.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

Further reading
  • 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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