by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
6/22/2015 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Five
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers are about to become the first
enlisted U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course patch
When the five graduate the JTAC WIC, they will receive diplomas during
the school's class 15-A ceremony June 27. They will also be awarded the
coveted graduate patch of the USAFWS and enter into an elite group of
"patch wearer" brethren.
These graduates will join 24 JTAC Advanced Instructor Course -- the
course's former name -- graduates who will also receive patches, as the
first and only enlisted patch wearers in the school's 66-year history.
The JTACs will be encouraged to display the patch on the front of their
"JTACs provide vital close air support integration for our sister
services and allied nations. These warriors are asked to perform amazing
feats in the midst of chaos, and their importance to the theater
air-ground fight cannot be overstated," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle,
commander of Air Combat Command. "They are trained and skilled. They are
the instructors of instructors for our entire JTAC force and
consistently provide critical combat leadership. They have saved lives
because they are very good at what they do. It is time we recognize them
as such. Wearing the WIC patch gives them instant, noticeable
credibility as experts in air-to-ground tactics, techniques, procedures,
and in the integration of all aspects of theater air, space, and cyber
Each graduate from the five-and-a-half month JTAC course has completed
23 full-mission profiles and devoted 752 total hours in the classroom
and on the range to complete the course's curriculum.
The first JTAC AIC cadre graduated in December 2012 and the first
student class graduated June 2013, with the USAFWS injecting these
tactical and strategic leaders back into the force every six months
since the course's inception.
According to its official fact sheet, the USAFWS teaches graduate-level
instructor courses that provide the world's most advanced training in
weapons and tactics employment. The goals of the courses are to train
students to be tactical experts in their combat specialty while also
learning the art of battle-space dominance. Weapons School graduates are
extensively familiar not only with the weapons platform or system they
have been trained in through their career path, but also in how all Air
Force and Department of Defense assets can be employed in concert to
achieve synergistic effects.