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NEWS | March 30, 2017

Award recognizes analysts’ extraordinary tactical impact

By Lori A. Bultman 25th Air Force

The 25th Air Force Tactics Analysis Reporting Program recently recognized the Stu Engbretson Tactics Analysts of the Year.


This program recognizes analysts’ significant accomplishments completed outside the scope of their traditional Air Force Specialty Code and how that work impacts Combat Air Forces and Mobility Air Forces, said Kevin Inman, 25th Air Force Tactics and Adversary Studies element manager.  


“We are extremely proud of the professionalism of these two outstanding Airmen, who have clearly excelled in their mission of delivering adversary tactics intelligence to the Air Force's tactical warfighters down at the flying squadron level,” said Col. Michael Stevenson, commander, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. 


One of this year’s award recipients is Master Sgt. Aaron, 51st Intelligence Squadron, 363rd ISR Wing.


“It's an honor to receive the Stu Engbretson Senior Tactician of the Year Award for 2016,” Aaron said. “While an individual award, I wouldn't be able to accomplish the things I do without an awesome CENTASE [Central Air Force Tactics and Adversary Studies Element] team working together to produce great things. Like Chief Engbretson, I understand intelligence is of little value unless we can get it into the hands of the people who go out and do the Air Force's mission, the aircrews of the USAF, and in a form they understand.” 


The Junior Tactics Analyst of the Year is Technical Sgt. Ryan, 361st ISR Group, 363rd ISRW.


“I am honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award. The TARP/TASE community is very small… and is doing very important missions. I love that I get to do multi-int [intelligence] analysis of adversary tactics and brief it to aircrews and operators. I believe that the TARP/TASE community is helping bridge the gap between operators and ISR. The SOFTASE [Special Operations Forces Tactics and Adversary Studies Element] team is amazing, and supporting the AFSOC mission and operators has truly been a humbling experience.”


The work these Airmen do contributes greatly to tactical missions.


“As a wing, we are particularly proud of sweeping the awards, as the mission of these tactics analysts ties directly to one of the missions our new wing was chartered to do, reinvigorate the Air Force threat analysis mission.” Stevenson said. “As a wing, we put a major emphasis on the work of our tactics analysts, and we are extremely fortunate to have these two great Airmen playing key roles for us at two different tactics and adversary studies elements.


“In the end, it doesn't matter how much emphasis we, as a wing, put on something if we don't have star Airmen to make it work,” Stevenson said, adding, “Clearly, these two stand out in a very competitive field.”


Chief Master Sgt. Stu Engbretson is recognized as the founder of the Tactics Analysis Reporting Program. In 1979, he came up with the idea of bringing intelligence collectors and analysts together with fighter pilots to discuss how adversary air forces were operating.