4th Direct Air Support Flight
Osan Air Base, Korea
Reprinted from the Air Force Times
|CHECKING OUT the MRC-108 radio equipment that will be used by the 2nd. and 4th. Direct Air Support Flight are (from left) Capt. Norman F. Conant Jr., Acting Commander; Col. Leon H. Berger, Tactical Operations Director; and A2c Stuart A. Vosk, radio operator (ROMAD). The units are the only ones of their kind in Korea - May 1965|
2 Flights Forming
Osan AB - Two new U.S. Air Force units which will improve close air support to the Army in Korea are being formed here.
The units, the 2nd and 4th Direct Air Support Flights (DASF), are two of several units being organized in the Pacific Air Forces area.
Acting commander is Capt. Norman F. Conant Jr.
Once the flights go into full operation they will be able to direct United Nations Aircraft to their strike points within minutes by way of MRC-108 Radio equipment.
The units' radios are completely mobile, allowing them to travel with the Army to the front lines.
Once the need for air support is established, DASF personnel on the front lines send a request direct to an Air Force operating unit. This transmission in monitored by intermediate headquarters along the line who either approve or revise the request immediately.
If the request is approved the alerted aircraft are scrambled and directed to their strike targets by the forward air controllers. The aircraft will be able to be over the targets within minutes after the request for support is received.
The flights are tenant units at Osan AB South Korea under the operational control of the 314th. Air Division, PACAF.
Below is additional information concerning the 2nd and 4th DASF as supplied by the USAF Archives Department.
The history of the 4th Direct Air Support Flight (DASF) contains no rosters of either deployed personnel or personnel in the organization at Osan. The history does mention that personnel were deployed to Vietnam up to 120 days, that during the first half of 1966 the 4th DASF was authorized and assigned 29 personnel.
The history also lists a number of exercises with the U.S. Army , FROKA, ROK Marines and the ROKAF during the first half of 1966 including Nightmare Oscar, Nightmare Tango and the weekly and bi-weekly Rock Wall and Kooni Range but again no rosters or names are provided.
The 4th Direct Air
Support Flight was simply inactivated, 16 August 1968 (DAF OMO
Letter 961n, 16 August 1968). The mission seems to have been
taken up in Vietnam by the 504th Tactical Air Support Group and its
717th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron – coordinates with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan to provide air support throughout the region.
817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron – primarily embeds tactical air control parties with Army units.
19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron – creates weather forecasts for the Army.
Components in Vietnam
STATES THAT 2 DIRECT AIR SUPPORT FLIGHT AND 4 DIRECT AIR SUPPORT FLIGHT WERE ESTABLISHED AT OSAN AIR BASE, ROK, TO IMPROVE CLOSE AIR SUPPORT. SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY PACIFIC AIR FORCES (PACAF) MANPOWER TEAM TO DETERMINE MINIMUM ESSENTIAL MANNING REQUIREMENTS TO ACCOMPLISH AIR FORCES, KOREA, MISSION.
MISSION OF 2 AND 4 DIRECT AIR SUPPORT FLIGHTS (DASF) TO MAINTAIN DIRECT AIR SUPPORT CENTER AND TACTICAL AIR CONTROL PARTY PERSONNEL AT HIGH LEVEL OF COMBAT READINESS. 314 AD INVOLVED IN EXERCISES TIGER TAIL, NIGHTMARE GOLF, CROSS EAGLE, WHITE BEAR, FLYING TACKLE, HOT SABRE, STRONG SHIELD, AND COUNTERBLOW.
brass plate was designed by Capt. Burt Blatter
Each of the 29 original members received a
are one of the original 29 members of the 4th DASF flight
Rank and Names of members of the 4th are added as received
Men of the 4th DASF
Men of the original 29 members in RED
4th DASF Officers (FAC)
Capt. Conant, Norman F. -
Acting Commander at startup - FAC
4th DASF Airmen (ROMAD)
Senior Master Sgt. De Vore - First Sergeant.
We are still missing some men.
Known FAC / ROMAD Teams
Capt. Nicholson /
A2/c Michael - Korea and Vietnam
Reference Ssgt Bumphus Comments:
A comment: Just read the new post by Ssgt
Bumphus and he either has a great memory or has some paperwork in
from of him because all the names he mentioned I do remember.