by Airman 1st Class Keoni Chavarria
62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
4/3/2015 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Airmen
from Joint Base Lewis-McChord participated in a 24-hour-run event to
help Tactical Air Control Party service members and their families
recover in time of need.
Airmen from the 1st Air Support Operations Group, the 5th Air Support
Operations Squadron, the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, and 17th STS
along with Soldiers from the Army, ran in the TACP Association's annual
24-hour-run at JBLM, March 27 to 28, 2015.
The run was a fundraiser for the TACP Association in which the proceeds directly benefit the TACP community and their mission.
Their goal is to relieve some of the financial pressures families are in
after the passing of a member. The association provides support to
TACPs who are wounded in action and also assists families of TACPs
killed in action.
"The event is charity driven and honor-bound with the intent to raise
proceeds for the TACP Association and ultimately pay tribute to our
fallen warriors," said Master Sgt. Glenn Wilderman, 5th ASOS operations
This year, there were a total of 122 runners from Team JBLM. That team
ran a total of 1,563 miles and generated more than $9,150.
The TACP Association's organizational-wide goal for this year's run was
$100,000. With 5,153 runners across 33 teams around the globe, the
association was able to raise more than $131,390 and run a total of
37,037 miles during the 24-hour-run.
The TACP Association raises money through sales of merchandise,
memberships, and fundraisers, but the 24-hour-run is the largest
fundraiser each year, according to Charlie Keebaugh, TACP Association
president. He added, 100 percent of the proceeds the association raises
go right back toward the TACP community.
"The mission of the TACP Association is to 'remember the fallen, honor
the living, and aid our brothers in need,'" said Keebaugh. "The
association provides support to members of the TACP community and
families when they are in their darkest hours."
TACP members are battlefield Airmen who advise the best use of air power
by planning, requesting, and directing air strikes against enemy
targets on the ground.
"Ask anyone at the 5th ASOS and they'll emphatically tell you that it's
not news that the TACP career field is listed by the USAF as a
high-stressed Air Force Specialty Code on both the officer and enlisted
side," said Wilderman.