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Welcome to the U.S. Air Force's
7 Direct Air Support Flights (DASF).
Years of operation = 1965 ~ 1976.

The Vietnam Era!

Today we are know as a TAC-P or J-TAC's - Back then we were simply called ROMAD's

The DASF Flights were primarily deployed via TDY to South Vietnam
and along the South Korean DMZ.  At the present time there is a
DASC still located on the South Korean DMZ near Camp Red Cloud.
Keep in mind that a Flight during this time - 1965~1975 = approx. 29 men and a Squadron is
usually more than 100 men.  In this case approx. 10 ~ 12 airman, most all were from Radio Maintenance and
and a few from Radio Operations, all the rest were all pilots. Each flight had its own patch designed by one
of the officers in the flight.  By the way, in 2010, the Radio Maintenance Field (AFSC or MOS = 304X4)
was officially retired from the USAF and is no longer being taught at the Keesler AFB Electronics School. 


Today's Flash Patch represents the following as it evolved over time:
ROMAD's ~ PACK RATS ~ FAC's and Today TACP, J-TAC's or TAC-P's.
Today this patch is worn on a Black Beret and is part of the official USAF uniform.
These Special Operations Units (SOG) of the USAF are the only units at this time (2012)
authorized to wear the black beret .  Several USAF Special Units wear various
shades of the red berets. All other USAF personal wear the standard blue beret.

The term "ROMAD" was used back during the Korean War
for the enlisted and the term "FAC" was applied to the officer thus was the
ROMAD / FAC Team. These terms carried forward to the first 2 years of the
Vietnam War and applied to the DASF units.
After that there were various
names given to the teams as they were always ground based. The FAC usually
flew in the O1e Bird-dog and would work with the ground based team.



TACP Flash Patch as worn on the USAF Black Beret.
Members of the TACP's, TAC-P's and J-TAC's ranks are now considered to
be members of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Units (SOG).
The Metal part is not worn except on very special occasions.

A Short History of the ROMAD's


National Registry

Vietnam Era

Please check your information in the
If your information is incorrect, please update it.
This includes all Officers and Airmen.

The Database was last updated on 11/26/2021.

to either Register or Update your information in the Registry 

   to View and / or look up any ROMAD listed in the registry. 

Strips and Pay Grade for the Vietnam Era

We use the Vietnam Era Rank in this website to avoid confusion.
Years of the war 1964-1975 time period.
Pay Grade Insignia The Vietnam Era
Through 1978
and Today
1979 on
E1 None Airman Basic
Airman Basic
E2 Airman 3rd Class
E3 Air Force Ranks Airman 2nd Class
Airman First Class
E4 Air Force Ranks Airman 1st Class
Senior Airman

Some E4's while in Vietnam were called Buck Sgt. This was not a common practice until 1979 and later on. The title of Buck Sgt. was derived from working with the Army mainly as a TAC-P Air Controller also know as a FAC Team consisting of an Officer and an Airman.

Note that starting in 1979 & on, the E4 pay grade had 2 names. Some were called A/1c and other were call a "Buck Sgt.," but they were not classified as an NCO. This was the result of testing for promotion to SSgt. which is a NCO Grade. This title Buck Sgt. was in effect until round about 1992 and was then dropped.  E5 - SSgt. and up was unchanged. If this proves to be a bit confusing then please refer to this web page that the Air Force did which most likely will leave you even more confused!

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  Vietnam Era ROMAD's.
The Final Salute.

Lebon Bumphas - 505 TASS, One of the original Pack Rats's - Feb 25th, 2020

Jim Meade - 505 TASS, One of the original Pack Rat's - Jan 23rd, 2013
Includes Jims own story of the way it was.

Vincent Richard Green - 1st DASF - Oct. 2nd, 2012

Ed Janus - 1st DASF, Feb 1st, 2012

Joe Traxler - 5th DASF - Dec 27th, 2011

David Brookbank, Col. USAF Ret.
20 ALO Trail Control - Nov 24th, 2011

Glenn Barker - 1st DASF - Aug 6th, 2011

As I receive additional Obits I will post them here.



I am not sure weather the TACP Memorial was moved to Lackland AFB or not when they relocated the Hurlburt Field TAC-P School there.  Currently the TACP Schools are now at Lackland AFB, TX, with additional training at Fairchild AFB, WA, and Ft. Benning, GA.

This new memorial is in honor of All Tactical Air Control Party Personnel, FAC and ROMAD's both past and present.  This memorial is located at the home of the TACP Training Center located at Hurlburt Field in Florida.

Please note that the TACP School has been moved to Lackland AFB TX. At this time I have not been told if this memorial has been moved as well.

However to find this location on base requires that you go to the "TAC-P" Training Field which is located between their barracks.

  To see the entire collection of pictures taken at the dedication of this memorial. 

To learn more about the TACP's click on the link below to visit
Charlie Heidals ROMAD website at:

  To see a short video I did of the Hurlburt Field TAC-P Center
Prior to their move to Lackland AFB, TX 


Patch Hat Pin

Available NOW in the USA - the
Korean Army Tiger Patches and Hat Pins

The 1965 ~ 1975 style of the South Korean Tiger Patches and Hat Pins are
now available in the USA.  In 1978 after the war was over the Tiger patch was changed
slightly by the South Korean Army to a newer style. Now there is yet another change,
see the young Korean Army Lady below and look at the her left hand pocket. 

   To order the patch and / or pin.

Announced in Oct 2013 by the South Korean Tiger Division.
They have adopted a new style patch as seen
on the young lady's left shirt pocket.



 To the Research and History Pages on the
7 Direct Air Support Flights.

This section includes all of the correspondence with the USAF History & Archives.

PLUS comments from:
Tom Brenham
Harold Goldman

Plus emailed comments
sent in by other members of
the DASF's to this website.

Won't you add your comments
to this section.  Write it up and
email it to:



Current TACP / ROMAD Group found on the Net.

This site is of those
that have retired from active duty service.
Membership is not required but requested.
You may post questions on this site and they will answer.

 Pictures of the 2008 Vietnam ERA DASF / ROMAD Reunion that was held in Las Vegas NV.  Here are some pictures of what we did, some of what  happened and the guys that were there.  This includes pictures of the current TACP Radio Control Hum-V. 

The restored M151-A1 - AN/MRC-108 is shown below. This page traces the restoration process from start to finish. The completed jeep and trailer is on display at Wright Patterson AFB Museum at Dayton Ohio and is found in the Vietnam Display Hanger #3 on the left side at the back right corner of the hanger.





All pictures are copyrighted by the respective owners,
but may be used without permission

>>>  IF  <<<
you provide the following credits / information with the photo:
Full credit to the person who took the picture and a link to

Thank you for your co-operation

Below are the 7 Direct Air Support Flights, each consisted of about 15 to 20 officers and 12 to 15 enlisted men combined for a total of about 29+ men to make up the ROMAD /  FAC teams of 2 or 3 men.  The total number of men in the flight is minus motor pool, power, office personnel etc. Normally this was supplied by the host military base.

All DASF units were activated on or about the 15th of May, 1965, and were deactivated around September 15
, 1975. All 6 DASF's became part of the now the 604th DASS (Except the 7th DASF), located in Hawaii.
The 604th DASS was deactivated on May 17, 1976 and became the 604th DASC on the same date. Years later  the 604th DASC was relocated to Osan Air Base and then to Camp Red area.


The Pack Rats History

The South Korean TIGER DIVISION ROMAD's in Vietnam were know as "Pack Rats", Group #3, 1965 ~ 1974, and were located mainly at the South Korean DIVISION HQ and Camp Thunderbolt  as well as at remote locations from these camps.  Camp Thunderbolt was assigned to the 2nd Inf Division South Korean Tiger Cav. Regiment Division located just West of Qui Nhon, Vietnam on Highway QL-19 near the base of the An Khe Pass.  You will also find the South Korean Tiger Division HQ also known as Tiger Town, was just South, South West of Qui Nhon, Vietnam, and just West, off of Highway QL-1 located well South of the QL-19 interchange.  (Note: the QL# = US-# highway numbering like highway US-95). We also served with the South Korean Blue Dragon Marines all over the place in the I-COR, II-COR and Northern III-COR regions.

  to the listing of some of the known men in the
Pack Rats that were assigned to the ROK


 The 7 DASF Pages


   1st DASF Page

   Airman Vince Green's pictures


    2nd DASF Page

   Airman Wood's Korean Pictures


    3rd DASF Page

     Jim Donaldson's Pictures

  Phillip De Mars Overseas Orders



    4th DASF Page

  Captain Burt Blatter's Pictures
Both in Korea and in Vietnam 

  Airman Robin Michael's Pictures
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha, Vietnam
RoK Tigers, 2nd Inf. Div. Cav. Reg., Vietnam 1965-66
Original Pack Rat / ROMAD, GP #3
Also Pictures while assigned in South Korea

  Airman John Mullaney's Pictures

  Airman Gary Grubb's Korean Pictures

  Airman Tony Kristol's Page

  Airman Jerry Newsom's Page



    5th DASF Page

   Airman Joe Trexler's Vietnam Pictures (Deceased)

   Airman Don Schreiner's Vietnam Pictures



   6th DASF Page

No Airman have checked in that were assigned to this unit.



    7th DASF Page
which was changed into the 604th DASS ~ and
later became the 604th DASC in South Korea.


  A Full Restoration of a ROMAD's
M151-A1 ~ AN/MRC-108
Radio Jeep and Generator / Trailer

M151A1 ~ AN/MRC-108 Jeep

This restoration is now on display at the Wright Patterson Air Field at the USAF Museum of Aviation. This tells the story of the job of restoration of this unit and the research that went into it. Not quite all of the equipment that was part of this jeep has been found and put on display. As such they are still looking for the various missing parts that will be added as they are able to located and acquired them.

If anyone out there can remember what all was stored under the pallet in relationship to both portable and fixed hardware as well as backpacks etc. and can even supply the model numbers of the items, then the crew at the museum would like to know.  Please forward this information to: ASAP


  Picture of the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS).
Republic of South Korean, Direct Air Support Center (DASC),
Weonju-si, Republic of South Korea, taken in 1972.


DASC / TAC-ROMAD Units and Detailed Map Links are below.
These units were all located in South Vietnam.



 603rd Direct Air Support Squadron (DASS) Page

   Airman Steven Bowen's Pictures

  A narrative by T. P. Woodfork

   MSgt Mike "Harpo" Humphrey, USAF Ret.
An Original Pack Rat / ROMAD, GP #3
ROK Tiger Div., CAV REG, Vietnam 1966-68
Harpo replace Robin Michael in 1966.
Plus a description of how Mike became a ROMAD.

   Mike's pictures. 


  Richard Bullen's Pictures from the
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS)

  Allan O'Rear's Pictures

Two different patches for this unit.

A2/c Chuck Bangert was assigned to the
505th Tactical Control Maintenance Squadron
located at Can Tho, South Vietnam from June 65 ~ 66.

  Chuck's history and narrative plus his USAF orders.
  Chuck's pictures of his time in South Vietnam.


SSgt Kent Calabrese was assigned to the 19th TASS but sent to various RoK units. Starting with the 2nd Brigade Korean Marines (Blue Dragons) -Tuy Hoa Jan 1966-Aug1966, Then same unit in I-Corp until late Dec 1966 when we were replaced by a US Marine ANGELCO team. Came home in a C-130 to Travis - a very long flight!

  Kent's pictures from the Tuy Hoa area.



  Airman Paul Lee's Page

Assigned: Issued 30 - #rd. Brigade 25th Inf.; Issue Control - 25th Inf. Div. (Cu Chi); Rustic Alpha - Nui Ba Den; Rake 20 - 2nd Brigade RTAVF; Rake Control - RTAVF Bearcat; RTAVF = Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force (Bearcat)


The following links below have the actual link address shown.
These pages are not part of this web site.

Please click on these links to go there.



You might want to read about these men that were airborne.

Their story is very interesting and this is the link to their page:



The South Korean Vietnam Veterans Web Site
This site is located in South Korea.

There are both Korean  AND  English sections on this link.
Feel free to visit and ask any question that you might have.
Please use the English Section and you will get a prompt  answer to you question in English.

Your question(s) will be translated from the English side and posted into the Korean side and when an answer is received, it will once again be translated and post back on the English side.

There is a great wealth of information on their part of this
war and men from both sides of the Pacific are exchanging
information and pictures taken in Vietnam.  All are welcome.

M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck in England

This site is located in England

This site has been published and is maintained to serve as a point of reference and meeting place for all those with an interest in the history, restoration, and use of the M151 MUTT and all of its variants. It is our hope that enthusiasts, what ever their experience and specific interest in this amazing machine, will enjoy and gain from their visit. This group has a large number of these vehicles on hand.  The web site has a lot of useful information on this vehicle.

We have tried to ensure that all information on this site is accurate, and that all images are correctly annotated and credited to the appropriate source. However, with so many thousands of images available from so many sources, mistakes can arise, and if you should spot any image or information that you feel has been published in error, then please let us know at  Also, there are images of army personnel and others included in some photographs. If any individual would prefer us not to use a photograph of him or herself on this site, then please contact us so that it can be removed.


Vietnam War Resources

These are excellent listing of all of the combat operations within Vietnam. These archives should be a must if you are doing any kind of research on this war.

Tom Pilsch web page has moved and is now located at this new address.  It was hosted at  the Georgia Tech Research Library but due to his retirement he has move it.  Please visit his web page at this new address.  It will prove to be well worth your time.

The Second resource that is highly recommended is that of The Vietnam Center and Archive of the Texas Tech University. This site also is very large but has more oral history in it. This site may be found at this  address:

Please feel free to check out the FAC / ROMAD Association's web page and for updates on their big reunion.  This is usually a 4 to 5 day event.

The active duty guys hang out at the TACP Association web page. This is Charlie Heidal's page who has now retired from the TACP's /blog


Another very good site to visit for discussions or search for others.


The Map Section

All Maps in this section are scaled at 1 : 250,000 resolution.

That means extremely large files that can take a while to download
depending on the speed of your internet service.



 The Vietnam War

Area Of Operations 1965 - 1975

Welcome to Jim Henthorn's Vietnam Veterans Page!

Preliminary Map Scanning Completed as of 10/30/2001. Basic Map updates completed on 2012.  Large areas of the entire area are now complete and on line. Additional sections are currently underway and will be posted shortly.

Indexing of place names is not complete. "I'll be adding vintage maps of the remaining areas of Thailand in the near future as I get them done!"  Please note that this is a very large site and the maps of Vietnam are very detailed thus they are very large files to download. 

This is still a work in progress and will be for many years to come. These maps are excellent for detailed research of / on the Vietnam War. 

Yes, these maps are printable if your have a large enough printer and paper.

Suggested Paper size should be at least 13" X 17"
but consider triple that size if you really want to read it !
These maps are also in full color.



 Ray's Map Room

Vietnam's Areas of Operation
(Battles and Fire Fights).

Topographic Map with
digital images and comments / descriptions
about what you are looking at.

Scale is 1:250,000 & files size extremely large.

Ray has taken the maps from Jim Henthorn's map room above and added many key places, battles and other important points of information concerning the various battles from this war.  Each point of interest will have a orange diamond marker on the map. This diamond when clicked upon will produce a pop up window with pictures and brief  written history for the action that took place at this location.  This has been very well done and is a major work still in progress .....

As of June, there are over 800 maps available.


On this link you will find all of the information that you will need to deal with the VA concerning Agent Orange or Ranch Hand.  Remember that there is 5 different colors for the various types of the Agents.  Agent Orange is just one of the five colors. This site contains a wealth of information and contact sources for you if you were in a area that was subject to spraying and are wishing to file a claim with the VA.  Check it out for your own sake. File your claim if you were there. You have nothing to loose but a little time and a lot of aid, both medical and financial.




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Copyright, 1996 ~ 2021
Robin Michael
Ragged Scooper 2 Alpha ~ 4th Direct Air Support Flight
Qui Nhon ~ An Khe, South Vietnam and Osan AB, South Korea
Overseas Tour Dates > April 1965 ~ August 1966

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