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Havoc, I was looking at the AF magazine, at all the berets the Air Force has. It has two black berets. One says:
Tactical Air Command and Control Specialist: Black beret w/ TACP Flash
The other one says:
Tactical Airlift Liasion Officer and Air Liasion Officers: Black Beret w/TACP Cloth Flash and Rank Insignia
I was just wondering if you happened to know what the latter job is, since I'm assuming you wear the first beret. I just got all confused now. That's why the AF issues TOs to me, cuz I'm dumb. :bag
 

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I am also a TACP, so I'll pipe up... You are correct, an ALO is an Air Liaison Officer, what we call our officers. They are usually pulled out of the cockpit for a temporary two year tour with us. Some take it pretty well and do great work with us, but some look at it as two years out of their career spent in the dirt with enlisted folks.
 

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TALOs and ALOs are both allowed by the AFI to wear the black beret. As Rob said, an ALO is a pilot who comes to live with the TACP for a couple of years and either helps us or makes our lives hell. Just ask any ROMAD about the last time he had to babysit his ALO in the field.
The TALO is the division's liason to Air Mobility Command. I don't know what the prerequisite is for being a TALO. I think you have to be a cargo hauler. He's supposed to help the division with everything involving air movement. If he's with an airborne division, he's a busy man.
These are the two officer careerfields that you will see wearing a black beret. They do not go through the TACP school at Hurlburt Field to earn it. I know ALOs are supposed to go to the Joint Firepower course at Nellis. That's the same school we go to prior to becoming an Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller.
The best way to tell though is that the true ROMADS wear the TACP crest on their cloth flash. The officers do not.
 
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