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125th Special Tactics Squadron

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125th Special Tactics Squadron
125th STS SOWT takes weather readings at Fort Carson2.jpg
A 125th Special Tactics Squadron special operations weatherman takes weather readings while a C-130 lands at the Red Devil air strip at Fort Carson, Colorado
Active1 May 2005–present
Country United States of America
  Air National Guard
TypeSpecial Operations Force
RoleSpecial Operations
Part of
Shield of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command.svg
Oregon Air National Guard

142nd Fighter Wing

142nd Operations Group
Garrison/HQPortland International Airport
EngagementsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
125th Special Tactics Squadron Emblem
125th Special tactics squadron insignia.jpg

The 125th Special Tactics Squadron is a special operations force unit serving as part of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the United States Air National Guard. They are based at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon.


The squadron provides tactical air and ground integration force and the Air Force's special operations ground force leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery operations and battlefield surgery.[1]

The Special Tactics Squadron consist of:[1]

  • Combat Controllers (CCT) - who are FAA-certified air traffic controllers and establish air control and provide combat support.
  • Pararescuemen (PJ) - primary mission is personnel recovery in hostile areas and are expert combat medical professionals.
  • Special Reconnaissance (SR) – Special Reconnaissance Airmen are trained in surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare (EW), long-range precision engagement and target interdiction, small unmanned aircraft systems.
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) - TACPs conduct close air support and control communication networks in hostile areas and are trained JTAC (Joint tactical attack control) specialists.

Members of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron benefit from the extensive knowledge of their information technology support staff and these assets are considered "force multipliers" by both pararescuemen and combat control team members. They are trained in numerous infiltration methods that include: static-line and military free-fall parachuting, scuba, small boats, all-terrain vehicles, mountain ski and hiking, rappelling and fast rope.[1]


The 125th STS was officially constituted on 1 May 2005, and is one of only two Special Tactics Units in the Air National Guard. On 9 September 2006, the 244th Combat Communications Squadron was re-missioned creating the fully operational 125th Special Tactics Squadron in 2007 at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon.[1]

See also


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

  1. ^ a b c d "125th Special Tactics Squadron". Retrieved 21 March 2020.

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