Mission

Welcome to The Mountain Post, Fort Carson, Colorado - Home of the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron. Enhance the Joint Warfighter Team by Providing Combat Mission Ready Airmen to Advise, Integrate & Control Air and Space Power in Support of the 4th Infantry Division.

Vision

Develop Mentally, Physically, Emotionally & Spiritually Combat-Ready Airmen while Protecting our Wingman, Strengthening our Families & Honoring our Heritage

Leadership

  • Commander

    Biography

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey “Miso” Strange assumed command of the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron June 2017. He received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2001. He is a senior pilot with over 2,500 flying hours in the B-1B “Bone.” Strange has flown over 1,700 combat hours across four deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed as an air liaison officer and fighter duty officer to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Strange was instrumental in the first combat execution of Digitally Aided Close Air Support by the 682nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron in the spring of 2008 in Iraq. His efforts earned him the 2008 Air Combat Command Fighter Duty Officer of the Year Award. He recently completed his seventh deployment as the deputy director of operations (DJ3) at Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan.

    Strange has served as a B-1B flight instructor, evaluator pilot, and executive officer for the 28th Operations Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with minors in French and Philosophy. He earned his Master’s of Fine Arts in English from National University in 2009. Prior to assuming his current duties as commander of the 13 ASOS, Strange was the director of operations for the 13th ASOS.

    His education includes Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB; Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.

    His assignments include 80 OSS, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; 28 BS, B-1B Initial Qualification Course, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; B-1 pilot, 37 BS, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; flight commander and chief of weapons and tactics, 682 ASOS, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; group executive officer and squadron director of staff, 37 BS, Ellsworth AFB, South Carolina: B-1 evaluator pilot and assistant director of operations, 28 BS, Dyess AFB; director of operations, 13th ASOS, Fort Carson.

    His awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal

    Squadron Superintendent 13th Air Support Operations Squadron Fort Carson, Colorado

  • Chief Master Sergeant

    Biography

    Chief Master Sgt. Jason L. Hoover is the squadron superintendent for the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron. He plans, organizes and ensures the combat readiness of 143 military personnel from 13 Air Force specialty codes and equipment valued at $30 million. He is also a special staff member for the commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and senior joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) who advises and controls air support for the division’s 21,000 Soldiers.

    Hoover is from Longmont, Colorado. He entered the Air Force in November 1997. Hoover graduated from the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) specialist course at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in June 1998. His background includes various duties as a TACP at the unit and major command levels. Throughout his career, he has filled a number of roles including Special Operations Forces TACP; chief, Special Forces TACP; TACP project officer; TACP MAJCOM Functional (AETC); and squadron superintendent.

    His assignments include locations in Florida, Kentucky, South Korea, Arizona, New York, Washington, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Hoover’s deployments include six combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    He has earned Parachutist Wings, U.S. Army Pathfinder Torch, and U.S. Army Air Assault Wings.

    His education includes Tactical Air Command & Control Apprentice Course, USAF Survival School, U.S. Army Air Assault School, USAF Water Survival School (Parachute), Airborne Close Air Support Coordinator Course, USAF Air Ground Joint Firepower Control Course, Airman Leadership School, Tactical Air Command & Control Craftsman Course, U.S. Army Basic Airborne School, U.S. Army Pathfinder School, Gryphon Group Mobile Force Protection Course, Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Systems Management, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course, Professional Management Certification, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Correspondence Course, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management.

    His assignments include Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas; Tactical Air Command & Control Specialist Course, Hurlburt Field, Florida; Tactical Air Command & Control Specialist, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Tactical Air Command & Control Specialist, 604th Air Support Operations Squadron OL-B, Camp Stanley, South Korea; Airborne Close Air Support coordinator, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; battalion TACP NCO in charge, 20th ASOS, Fort Drum, New York; battalion TACP NCOIC, 1st Bn., 87th Infantry Regiment, Afghanistan; battalion TACP NCOIC, 4th Bn., 31st Inf. Reg., Iraq; Special Forces JTAC, 5th ASOS, Fort Lewis, Washington; JTAC, ODA 345, 3rd Special Forces Group/ODA 776, 7th Special Forces Group, Afghanistan; JTAC, C-1-1, 1st Special Forces Group/B-2-3, 3rd Special Forces Group, Iraq; Special Operations TACP, 17th ASOS, Fort Lewis; JTAC, ODA-0331, 10th Special Forces Group, Iraq; JTAC, ODA-9225, 19th Special Forces Group/ODA-7225, 7th Special Forces Group, Afghanistan; TACP project officer, National Assessment Group, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; TACP MAJCOM Functional/Training Pipeline manager, JBSA-Randolph, Texas; chief enlisted manager, 13th ASOS, Fort Carson

    His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal with Valor with two oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak leaf cluster.

  • Unit History

    The birth of ACC on 1 June 1992 took place amidst momentous changes within the Air Force and the Department of Defense. A brief ceremony at Langley Air Force Base (AFB) marked the inactivation of TAC and the activation of ACC. The ceremony at Langley signaled the birth of a new major command with a new mission, not just a successor of the former TAC and SAC.

    The Air Combat Command was responsible for providing combat-ready forces for deterrence and air combat operations. Upon activation, ACC assumed control of all fighter resources based in the continental United States, all bombers, reconnaissance platforms, battle management resources, and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

    Furthermore, ACC had some tankers and C-130s in its composite, reconnaissance, and certain other combat wings. One of the most significant changes for ACC resulted from an overhaul of flying training responsibilities. Following its activation, ACC was responsible for aircraft-specific aircrew training, including initial weapon system and continuation training. Since its activation in June 1992, Air Combat Command has found itself in an almost constant state of flux. While on the one hand losing its ICBMs, nearly all its tankers, and a part of its training mission, ACC has gained the combat rescue and theater airlift missions.

    At the same time, sweeping changes in our nation's military policy have imposed on ACC not only force structure reductions but a requirement for much greater flexibility than ever before. ACC's forces remain "on call" to perform a variety of missions including support to international peace-keeping operations, to humanitarian needs at home and abroad, and protection of our nation's interests around the globe.

    Despite its brief history, ACC has already established a tradition of providing combat-ready forces capable of responding to the challenges of a changing world.

    The 13 ASOS falls under the Major Command of Air Combat Command (ACC). Our wing is the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing which is currently at Moody AFB, GA and our group is the 3d Air Support Operations Group which is at Ft Hood AIN, Texas. The 3 ASOG organizes, trains, equips & administers an Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs)/Battlefield Weather Teams & Staff Weather Operations in support of US Army's III Armored Corps (III Corps). The 3rd ASOG advises the Army three-star Commanding General & senior staff on US & Allied air capabilities & coordinates attack/airlift/reconnaissance air assets in support of the joint battle plan.

    The 3 ASOG Unit Mission: Train, deploy, & focus the world’s best combat airpower & integrated weather operations for the joint force commander alongside III Corps or a supported land force commander, anytime, anywhere.

    The 13th Air Support Operations Squadron was initially constituted as the 13th Air Support Communications Squadron on 11 January 1943.

    It was re-designated as the 13th Tactical Air Communications Squadron on 29 February 1944, but disbanded shortly thereafter on 15 April 1944.

    The squadron was later reactivated in its current state as the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson, Colorado on 1 July 1994.

  • Newcomers Information

    More information about Fort Carson, Peterson AFB & the USAF Academy can be located through your local Airman Family Readiness Center. There, you should be able to get access to Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) booklets, installation brochures & videos. SITES can also be found on the Internet at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/sites/.

    We have enclosed some information in your sponsor package to help you become acquainted with the local area. If you need any additional information, please contact your sponsor and he/she will be glad to obtain it for you.

    Keep in touch with your sponsor. Coordinate your arrival date and time with them & let them assist you in making lodging arrangements.

    Lodging Lodging can be very tight during certain periods, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. You will be forwarded a sheet with very good information on local hotels & motels in the area. In addition to your sponsor, use the resources available at your current location to make your move easier. Be sure to contact your local Relocation Assistance Manager & your Airman Family Readiness Center. Both can greatly help you ease the pain and confusion of a PCS move.

    Getting Here Fort Carson is located 60 miles south of Denver on Interstate 25, exit 135, or Nevada Avenue (State Highway 115), Exit 140A.

    The Colorado Springs Airport is currently served by over 10 airlines & is located about 10 miles from Fort Carson. The USO booth, located near baggage claim area #4, is available for assistance.

    Climate & Altitude The Colorado Springs area has a mild year-round climate. Temperatures in January, the coldest month, average a high of 43 degrees and a low of 23 degrees, with a mean of 33 degrees. August, the warmest month, has an average high of 84 degrees and a low of 61 degrees, with a mean of 73 degrees. The area averages 42.4 inches of snow annually. Some patterns to be aware of are: during the summer, thunderstorms can develop every afternoon with the possibility of severe storms, but usually produce a few showers and move on. Winter storms can develop quickly and make driving very hazardous. If you will be arriving from Nov – Mar, be prepared for inclement weather. Fort Carson’s elevation is above 6,000 feet and the U.S. Air Force Academy is at an elevation of above 7,000 feet. Some newcomers experience slight fatigue at first & this will take a while to get used to.

    Housing Information You are eligible to live on the USAF Academy. The benefits of Academy housing are the conveniences of living on base, pleasant surroundings, Academy District 20 schools & convenient childcare. A drawback includes the distance required to drive to work. It is a 25-mile one-way trip from the Academy to Ft Carson & takes approximately 30 minutes. Driving times vary with the amount of traffic and weather conditions.

    To get on the waiting list, call the housing office at DSN 259-2100. The waiting list can range from a short delay to one of approximately 10 months. We are not eligible to get housing on Peterson AFB, except for dormitory space for E-5 and below, on a case-by-case basis.

    We are eligible for Fort Carson housing, but the waiting list is 12 – 36 months. Contact their housing at DSN 691-4715 to get on the waiting list.

    Included in your sponsor package are several links to websites dealing with Colorado Springs housing. Colorado Springs is a high cost living area, and your BAH will normally not cover all your living expenses. The Academy & Fort Carson housing offices will help you with getting off-base housing. Be sure to use their expertise & advice.

    Colorado Springs School Information http://www.schoolsk-12.com/Colorado/Colorado-Springs/index.html

    Vehicle Registration Fort Carson does require you to register your vehicles on post or the Academy to obtain base access. Military personnel are exempt from the requirement to have Colorado license plates within 30 days of arrival if they have valid plates from their home of record state.

    To obtain Colorado plates, you must have verification of your vehicle’s identification number (VIN), the title or current registration, proof of insurance & a copy of your military orders.

    13th Air Support Operations Squadron Welcome Letter