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forward air controller

An officer (aviator/pilot) member of the tactical air control party who, from a forward ground or airborne position, controls aircraft in close air support of ground troops. Also called FAC. See also close air support.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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I was pleased to read Jerry Martin's review of Red Markers, Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975 in the Summer 2018 edition of Air Power History, http://www.afhistory.org/wp-content/upioads/Summer2018-Issue_All-1.pdf The forward air control detachment using the call sign Red Marker was unique in that it fought in all four combat tactical zones...
When performing forward air control missions, the A-10 changes its designation to OA-10, although it remains just as combat capable as the A-10.
In 1965, while the United States and its allies had forces deployed in the Southeast Asian wars, DoD purchased a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) aircraft for battlefield reconnaissance to supplement those that were designed for Armed Forces use in the Forward Air Control role.
According to AMN, the Russian special forces operate alongside the Syrian soldiers in the fight against the ISIL, as Moscow forces serve as battlefield advisors and in combat support roles ranging from tactical reconnaissance, sniper cover, forward air control and anti-tank over-watch.
Both the E and F models are true multi-role aircraft and are able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
Multirole combat aircraft are designed for various tasks, including primary air-to-air combat, air-to-surface attack, aerial reconnaissance, forward air control and electronic warfare.
The Duke of Kent was killed serving with the RAF, Prince Harry was in Afghanistan with Forward Air Control as a co-pilot/gunner in 2006 and Prince Andrew was at the Falklands in 1980 as a helicopter pilot, so it looks as if the royal princes did not somehow avoid bombs and bullets and your verbiage is nothing more than a right anti-royal sized chip on your shoulder on this one subject.
They give us the chance to test the way the different Services and different nations work together, something that is vital in a multilateral world." "A variety of UK and allied land forces will also conduct forward air control training in Scotland and northern England using defence training areas, commercial ranges and private land areas," Hammond noted.
A disabled veteran who flew 400 forward air control combat missions, Worrell said he used to wonder if his family would ever know what happened to him if he were shot down.
Based on this historical analysis, the authors envision a new procurement schedule of 4,000 CAS fighters; 2,500 forward air control aircraft; a reduced buy of 100 KC-X tankers; 1,000 dirt-strip airlifters akin to the C-27J; 1,100 austere air superiority fighters; and 200 F-35s--an outline rooted in a preference for large-number acquisitions, an aversion to high-tech airframes, and a belief in the supremacy of CAS over independent air operations.
Bujnowski served as a "pathfinder," whose job was to "to go in the night before or on the first ship and run forward air control."