Ralston, commander of the Army Field Artillery Center, says a new course is being offered at Fort Sill, Okla., for joint tactical air controllers
. These controllers could come from any service.
Next, enlisted tactical air controllers
and ALOs should be assigned directly to the command they support.
Forward air controllers, possibly including Air Force enlisted tactical air controllers
(ETACS), provided the aircrews high above with GPS coordinates of the desired impact points.
The success rate is largely due to Tactical Air Controllers
on the ground, who "light up" targets with lasers to guide in bombs.
In this campaign, real-time video now feeds information to joint tactical air controllers
who work in various strike cells coordinating with aircraft to execute procedures to employ airpower.
That personal relationship yielded many positive results for the joint tactical air controllers
(JTACs) directing air assets from remote forward operating bases and outposts throughout Afghanistan.
They are fully integrated with our Army as Tactical Air Controllers
using this ROVER system.
FireStorm - Enables Joint Tactical Air Controllers
(JTAC) and Joint Forward Observers (JFO) to seamlessly integrate with airborne assets for ground targeting and call for fire missions.
From the F/A-22 and new systems for combat and tactical air controllers
, to the Predator and Global Hawk, to advanced space and ISR systems, Air Force technology and capabilities are taking a quantum leap forward.
The benefits of airborne tactical air controllers
The real-time imagery provides tactical air controllers
on the ground an aerial view of what is happening in an area before and after they call in close air support.