66th Theater Aviation Command (TAC)
With multiple units across 15 states, the 66th Theater Aviation Command, headquartered on Joint Base Lewis McChord, is one of only two Theater Aviation Commands in the Army. The 66th TAC utilizes both the rotary wing UH-60 Blackhawks, CH-47 Chinooks and UH-72 Lakotas, as well as fixed wing C-12 Hurons to perform a wide variety of federal and state missions.
Domestic response missions vary, however the most visible mission is support to firefighting operations. The 66th TAC has been involved in firefighting missions every summer since 1994. Its CH-47s are capable of dropping 2,000 gallons at a time, and its UH-60s can drop 660 gallons. The 66th TAC also provides support to civil authorities in the event of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, and in the event of civil disturbance. Aviators are able to provide state and federal emergency management staff with an unobstructed view of disaster areas.
While its aircraft are valuable platforms for warfighting and disaster relief, the 66th TAC’s most valuable asset is its Guardsmen. Since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, many soldiers in the 66th TAC have served in the Global War on Terrorism, and have deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 66th TAC soldiers also participated in Operation Nobel Eagle as airport security personnel, enhanced security at the Canadian border, and continue to provide additional security forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Fairchild Air Force Base.
66th TAC Chain of Command
Commander - Brig. Gen. Bruce Linton
Deputy Commander – Col. David Caporicci
Command Sergeant Major – CSM Chris Baldwin
Units in the 66th Theater Aviation Command