The 13th Air Support Operations Squadron traces its unit heritage back to the 13th Air Support Communications Squadron, Jan. 11, 1943. It was redesignated as the 13th Tactical Air Communications Squadron Feb. 29, 1944, but deactivated shortly thereafter April 15, 1944. The squadron was later reactivated in its current state as the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson July 1, 1994.
Unofficially known as the “Gunslingers” (a nickname given by the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment), the Airmen of the 13th ASOS currently provide close air support to the 4th Infantry Division and its subordinate brigades. The Tactical Air Control Party Forward Air Controllers, now called Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, have a long and proud history of providing close air support to the United States Army. TACPs, in one form or another, have served with distinction in every major U.S. military combat operation since World War II and the earliest roots of close air support operations can even be traced to World War I.
The 3rd Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) is the 13th ASOS’s higher headquarters for all mission and administrative actions, and is collocated with the Army’s III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. The 3rd ASOG organizes, equips, trains and administers air support operations centers, TACPs and staff weather operations in support of III Corps and subordinate organizations. These units advise Army commanders and their staffs on U.S. and allied air capabilities. They also coordinate attack, airlift and reconnaissance air assets in support of joint battle plans. The 3rd ASOG’s chain of command continues through the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, located at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
The vision of the 13th ASOS is to develop a resilient, lethal, Gunslinger family.
The mission of the 13th ASOS is to enhance the joint warfighter team by providing combat mission ready Airmen to advise, integrate and control Air and Space Power in support of the 4th Infantry Division.