As the TACP Chief, my primary role is to lead and mentor a flight consisting of 30 Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) members. I hold the responsibility for overseeing all Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training and development within the unit. Additionally, I provide supervision to three team leads. It is crucial for me to maintain a mission-ready status as a JTAC, while also fulfilling the role of an instructor and evaluator. I offer guidance and support to ground commanders and staff by advising them on Close Air Support (CAS) integration and planning requests. Furthermore, I bring forth the expertise and capability of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) and 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) in employing air assets that are vital to joint combat operations.
In my capacity as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), I serve within a Tactical Air Control Party. I operate from a forward position and direct the actions of combat aircraft engaged in close air support (CAS) and other offensive air operations. One of my key responsibilities is to coordinate with various units within the theater of operation, ensuring the synchronization of combat actions involving aircraft, drones, and helicopters. I play a pivotal role in advising supported units on the most effective employment of air support options. Additionally, I actively participate in headquarters planning and contribute to the development of training scenarios.
I assume the role of a JTAC Instructor, where I provide training to joint military students. The focus of this training is on the procedures for requesting, controlling, and adjusting surface-to-surface fires. I also emphasize the importance of delivering timely and accurate targeting information to support Close Air Support (CAS) operations for JTACs, Forward Air Controllers (Airborne) (FAC(A)), or directly to authorized aircraft under the guidance of the controlling Tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne) (TAC(A)). As an instructor, I assess both academic and practical performance to ensure the students’ proficiency in the field.
Within a Tactical Air Control Party, I fulfill the role of a JTAC. My responsibilities encompass providing Type 1 (visually acquire), Type 2 (use targeting data from another source), and Type 3 (comply with rules of engagement) air control. I am responsible for coordinating close air support attacks, utilizing targeting information provided by observers or other assets. I exercise control over these attacks, making critical decisions regarding clearance or abort calls based on the information relayed by additional observers or targeting sensors. My primary focus is on minimizing collateral damage and mitigating the risk of friendly fire incidents when employing airpower in close proximity to friendly forces.