|17th Special Tactics Squadron|
Redesignation ceremony of the 17th ASOS as the 17th STS on 8 August 2013 at Fort Benning
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Special Operations Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Benning, Georgia|
|Motto(s)||Ex Id Aer Pro Id Terra (Latin: "Of the Air for the Ground")|
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device|
Gallant Unit Citation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding unit Award
|17th Special Tactics Squadron emblem (approved 6 June 1996)|
The 17th Special Tactics Squadron is one of the ten Special Tactics Squadrons of United States Air Force Special Operations Command. It is garrisoned at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Special Tactics operators with the 17th STS, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, deploy with special operations forces to provide joint terminal attack control and maximize the impacts of air power by controlling and directing precise strikes to destroy the enemy. The squadron's primary mission is to provide special tactics TACPs to the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment for unconventional operations.
The 17th STS is made up of a headquarters unit and two operational detachments. The headquarters unit is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Detachment 1 (Red Team) is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia and is attached to 1st Ranger Battalion. Detachment 2 (Silver Team) is stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and is attached to the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Each detachment consists of 13 TACPS and one ALO.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 17th Special Tactics Squadron.|