U.S. NAVY CWO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TECHNICIAN (AC) SOFT EPAULETS

While on sea tour, an Air Traffic Controller (AC) in the U.S. Navy will billet on either an aircraft carrier (CVN), amphibious assault ship (LHD/LHA) or with a Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON).

Though first established sixty years ago, very few people not involved with amphibious warfare and operations are familiar with the concept of a TACRON. In a nutshell, the mission of a TACRON involves every possible aspect of amphibious air operations, including (but not limited to) ship-to-shore airborne troop movement, close air support, air defense, airborne medical evacuations, and coordination of operations in a particular airspace or objective area.

Indeed, controlling and managing airspace is a key factor in the success of any TACRON operation, and that task is under the purview of an AC serving as a Tactical Air Control Center Watch Officer (TACCWO). Operating from either a LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) or LHA (Landing Helicopter Assault) amphibious assault ship, the TACCWO coordinates and directs the assaults of Expeditionary Strike Groups or Amphibious Readiness Groups (ESG/ARG) by assembling and distributing both operational and air-combat information to the appropriate stations.

Designation as a TACCWO requires an endorsement by the Commander of Tactical Group One.

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