forward air controller


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Inside Prince Philip's Complicated Relationships with Prince Andrew and Prince Harry," 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, "Russia raises stakes with 'brazen' military intervention in Libyan conflict," 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, "Obscure unit of black women kept mail flowing to WWII troops," 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, "Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane," 21 Apr. 2017 Harry served in the military for 10 years, beginning in 2005, and served two tours in Afghanistan: first as a forward air controller and later as a Apache helicopter pilot. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Prince Harry Succeeds Prince Philip as Captain General of the Royal Marines," 19 Dec. 2017 Heimburger went on to fly over 660 combat missions as a forward air controller in Viet Nam from '65-68, being awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, and 26 Air Medals. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita veteran sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," 1 Nov. 2017 As in other battles over the past three years, Iraqi forces have been supported in Hawija by American military advisers, forward air controllers, special operations troops, airstrikes and artillery. David Zucchino And Rod Nordland, New York Times, "Iraq Claims Victory in ISIS’ Last Urban Stronghold," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of forward air controller

1952, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Forward air controller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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