forward air controller


: a military officer who directs from a forward position on the ground or in the air the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support of land forces

Examples of forward air controller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harry served five months as a forward air controller and Apache helicopter pilot. William Booth, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2023 The prince served two tours in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012 for a total of 30 weeks, first as a forward air controller and later as an Apache helicopter pilot. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2022 Wald, 74, spent 35 years in the Air Force, including as deputy commander of U.S. forces in Europe and as a forward air controller and F-16 pilot who flew in combat in Vietnam and Bosnia. Craig Whitlock and Nate Jones, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2022 Her grandson Prince William served in the Royal Air Force search and rescue, and Prince Harry served in the British Army as a forward air controller and WAH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2022 Prince Harry had a good relationship with the Royal Marines, having fought alongside them in Afghanistan in 2006 and served there twice—first as a forward air controller and then as an Apache pilot. Ingrid Seward, Town & Country, 20 Oct. 2020 Beginning late in 2018, hundreds of Wagner contractors flew into Libya -- engineers, snipers, forward air controllers. Tim Lister, Sam Kiley and Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 9 June 2020 Smith, who did not attend the event, was a platoon leader and forward air controller in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and was awarded Silver and Bronze stars and two Purple Hearts. NBC News, 4 Dec. 2019 It's been an aerial refueler, forward air controller, hurricane hunter, fire tanker, Antarctic resupply aircraft, search-and-rescue platform, and on and on and on. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forward air controller was in 1952

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“Forward air controller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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