Running for a Cause

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
  • 177th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Airmen from 227th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) organized and participated in the third annual 24 Hour Run Challenge here at the 177th Fighter Wing track March 27-28.

The challenge is a worldwide tactical air control party (TACP) event that honors fallen members of the career field, and raises money for aid to TACP members and their families in times of need.

From 12 p.m. on March 27 to 11:59 a.m. on March 28, the 227th ASOS had at least one runner on the track at all times. Other squadrons from the 177th, Federal Aviation Administration employees and unit family members also came out to run for the event.

"The 24 hour challenge is an opportunity to bring together the TACP career field and surrounding community by not only donating funds but by pushing your body to attain an internal achievement," said Master Sgt. Patrick Donohoe, 227th ASOS operations superintendent.

The 177th put up some impressive numbers, with seven airmen running over 20 miles (with two over 30 and one over 40).

"This was a significant challenge for me that I thought would help simulate the 'marathon experience,'" said Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Miller, 177th Medical Group, who ran for 21 miles.

"What I didn't expect though was the sense of camaraderie that resulted in participating in this event," continued Miller. "The ASOS folks were accommodating, they made a point to thank everyone that came out, and you could feel the sense of 'team spirit' amongst all of the participants."

"The event is an honor to take part in because it reminds you to reflect and support the fallen heroes specifically in the Air Force. I, in particular, am reminded of a friend who was killed in action in August 2012--(TACP) Maj. Walter "Dave" Gray. An event of this nature causes me to reflect on what my family would have to endure the life changing events that they would be suffering through," said Donohoe.

The event had over 140 participants who ran for a total of 902 miles. For more information on the run and the U.S. Air Force TACP Association, visit