TACP Airmen hold annual memorial run to honor fallen

More than 200 members of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., both military and civilian, run their last lap of the Tactical Air Control Party 24-hour memorial run at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on March 31, 2017. In total they raised approximately $6,000 dollars towards the TACP-Association that has given more than $200K back to the community and their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

More than 200 members of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., both military and civilian, run their last lap of the Tactical Air Control Party 24-hour memorial run at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on March 31, 2017. In total they raised approximately $6,000 dollars towards the TACP-Association that has given more than $200K back to the community and their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

Members and pets of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., run and walk on the McChord Field outdoor track, March 31, 2017, to honor TACP Airmen who have died in combat or training  and to raise money and awareness for the Tactical Air Control Party Association. The goal of the annual 24-hour run is to give back to the families and this year the TACP-A collected more than $6,000 in donations. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

Members and pets of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., run and walk on the McChord Field outdoor track, March 31, 2017, to honor TACP Airmen who have died in combat or training and to raise money and awareness for the Tactical Air Control Party Association. The goal of the annual 24-hour run is to give back to the families and this year the TACP-A collected more than $6,000 in donations. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

More than 200 members, military and civilians, of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., run and walk on the McChord Field outdoor track, March 30, 2017, to honor TACP Airmen who have died in combat or training and to raise money and awareness for the Tactical Air Control Party Association. To date, the TACP-A has given more than $200K back to the community and their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

More than 200 members, military and civilians, of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., run and walk on the McChord Field outdoor track, March 30, 2017, to honor TACP Airmen who have died in combat or training and to raise money and awareness for the Tactical Air Control Party Association. To date, the TACP-A has given more than $200K back to the community and their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

Members of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., both military and civilian, perform memorial push-ups after the Tactical Air Control Party 24-hour memorial run at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on March 30-31, 2017. The run and push-ups are competed to honor the fallen TACPs and to give back to their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

Members of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG, 62nd Airlift Wing and Joint Base Lewis- McChord, Wash., both military and civilian, perform memorial push-ups after the Tactical Air Control Party 24-hour memorial run at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on March 30-31, 2017. The run and push-ups are competed to honor the fallen TACPs and to give back to their families. (Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

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More than 200 members, military and civilian, of the 1st Air Support Operations Group, 194th ASOG and Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., ran and walked 1, 486 miles to raise money for the Tactical Air Control Party Association and to honor TACP Airmen who have died in combat or training.

Master Sgt. Shawn Leonard, 5th Air Support Operations Squadron operations superintendent, said in total they raised approximately $6,000 at this year’s event.

“Each year the TACP community holds an annual 24-hour run to honor their fallen brothers and sisters in arms and to help raise money for their non-profit organization run by active and retired TACP’s through the TACP Association,” said Leonard.

The fundamental goal of the TACP association is to provide support to those members and families in their moment of need and to better the communities they reside in.

To date, the TACP-A has given more than $200K back to the community and their families.

Leonard said the most miles any one member ran totaled more than two marathons, to be exact it was 56 miles in a 24-hour period.

Additionally, 62nd Airlift Wing leadership and other McChord units participated in the run along with family and friends and teams from sponsored businesses.

“Participating in this run allows us to reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chief Master Sgt. Tico Mazid, 62nd AW command chief and run participant. “It was awesome to see how many people turned out to run or walk in honor of our fallen comrades.”

Leonard said the run is really just about the people.

“It’s about giving back to the families – no questions asked,” said Leonard.