4th ASOG supports Dynamic Front 18

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

Distinguished visitors from multiple nations gather for a briefing about the day’s operations during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 7, 2018. Dynamic Front 18 is a U.S. sponsored multinational exercise that involved participation from 26 NATO, allied, and partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

A German Bundeswehr forward observer watches an artillery shell land on the bombing range during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 6, 2018. Dynamic Front 18 is a U.S. Army Europe directed, 7th Army Training Command conducted, multinational exercise designed to identify solutions to gaps and limitations within the theater-level fires systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

A forward observer stands back from his equipment waiting for artillery to fire during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 6, 2018. Approximately 26 NATO and allied nations participated in the joint live fire exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache tests to qualify as close air support during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 8, 2018. Approximately 1,200 U.S. military members and 2,500 NATO, allied, and partner nation members participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

A U.S. Army forward observer with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment looks through a range finder during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 8, 2018. The exercise focused on integrating joint fires in a multinational environment at both the operational and tactical levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Tactical Air Control Party members assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1, participated in the U.S. Army led exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23-March 10, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, in Grafenwohr, Germany.

A German Bundeswehr forward observer speaks into a radio during exercise Dynamic Front 18, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwohr, Germany, March 8, 2018. Approximately 3,700 participants from 26 nations participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

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Airmen assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group Detachment 1 supported U.S, allied, and partner nations during exercise Dynamic Front 18, held Feb. 23 to March 10, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, Grafenwohr, Germany. 

Dynamic Front 18 is a U.S. Army led exercise involving approximately 3,700 participants from 26 nations. The exercise focuses on U.S., NATO and multinational units working together to execute multinational artillery fire and test interoperability of both tactical and theater-level fires systems in a live environment.

"The detachment’s mission is to observe, coach, and train air/land integration; not to just U.S. forces, but to all multinational joint terminal attack controllers here in Europe,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Foley, 4th ASOG, Det. 1 commander.  “One of our focus items is interoperability. Human, technical and procedural interoperability amongst JTAC and the larger force as a whole.”

 The Det. 1 tactical air control party team functioned as an observer, coach and trainer team–or OCT–who are based at Joint Multinational Readiness Center Hohenfels. Nicknamed Bullseye, the OCT team trained foreign JTACs to call close-air support during exercise Dynamic Front 18.

 “The mission of a JTAC is to be a liaison between the Air Force and Army,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Cole, 4th ASOG Det. 1 TACP field instructor. “JTACs are a big force multiplier, if we can all stay on the same page, we can protect allies and partners, and make our forces stronger.”

 Cole added that training is important because JTACs have the ability to give ground commanders integration with close-air support, as they are the delivery method to tell aircraft what kind of bombs to drop, when to drop them and where.

 Foley said Det. 1 Airmen train members in live scenarios and virtual simulators to provide a well-rounded replicated multi-domain warfare environment. He noted that training sustains readiness to JTACs, close-air support air crew members, and ground artillery teams, ultimately leading to the deterrence of future or potential adversaries—and if need be—a response to any sort of aggression.

 Coaching held during the exercise grew partnership between U.S. military branches and participating partner nations.

“Unless we train together, we’re not going to know how to fight together,” said Foley.