21st Special Tactics Squadron

21st Special Tactics Squadron
Active 1 July 1984 – 1 October 1993[1]
1 May 1996 – present[1]
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations Forces
Role Special Operations
Part of Air Force Special Operations Command
24th Special Operations Wing
720th Special Tactics Group
Garrison/HQ Pope Field
Engagements Persian Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War

The 21st Special Tactics Squadron (21st STS) is one of the Special Tactics units of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It is garrisoned at Pope Field, North Carolina.[2]

Special Tactics Squadrons are organized, trained and equipped specifically for various special operations missions facilitating air operations on the battlefield. They conduct combat search and rescue missions, collect intelligence, as well as call in close air support or airstrikes against enemy combatants and are often parterned with other U.S. special operations forces overseas.[2]


Redesignated 624th Combat Control Squadron on 1 June 1992.
Inactivated 1 October 1993.



Unit awards

Ribbon Award Dates Notes
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 July 1985 - 30 June 1987[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Combat "V" Device 20 December 1989 - 9 January 1990[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 August 1995 - 31 July 1997[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 August 1997 - 31 July 1999[1]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Combat "V" Device 1 September 2001 - 31 August 2003[1]
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award 1 July 2006 - 31 May 2008[1]

Notable members

Rhyner on patrol with an Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan.


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