Forward air control is the provision of guidance to call for fire (CFF) and for close air support (CAS) aircraft intended to ensure that their attack hits the intended target and does not injure friendly troops. This task is carried out by a forward air controller (FAC). It’s an all-important matter when dropping bombs close to friendly troops.
Exercise Emerald Warrior 2016 is a U.S. Special Operations Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. In this video, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., conduct call for fire and close air support proficiency training with U.S. Army AH-60D Apaches and a U.S. Air Force AC-130U Spooky as part or Exercise Emerald Warrior 2016.
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