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435th AGOW coordinates support to U.S., Slovenian armies

U.S Air Force Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, coordinates with U.S. Army soldiers during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The 2nd ASOS provided close air support for the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S Air Force Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, coordinates with U.S. Army soldiers during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The 2nd ASOS provided close air support for the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

A Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft drops bombs during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. During the exercise, the Slovenian air force provided close air support, directed by U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers, while the U.S. Army conduct artillery and direct fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

A Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft drops bombs during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. During the exercise, the Slovenian air force provided close air support, directed by U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers, while the U.S. Army conduct artillery and direct fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Therron Bundick, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, evaluates two tactical air control party Airmen’s ability to provide close air support for the 503rd Infantry Regiment during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The exercise provided both U.S. Airmen and soldiers the opportunity to train, enhance and develop their skills under controlled live artillery fire, small arms fire and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Therron Bundick, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, evaluates two tactical air control party Airmen’s ability to provide close air support for the 503rd Infantry Regiment during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The exercise provided both U.S. Airmen and soldiers the opportunity to train, enhance and develop their skills under controlled live artillery fire, small arms fire and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman CJ Farrell, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, sketches a map of the training area prior to providing close air support for U.S Army units Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The 2nd ASOS integrated with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment to provide support for exercise Rock Proof V. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman CJ Farrell, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, sketches a map of the training area prior to providing close air support for U.S Army units Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The 2nd ASOS integrated with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment to provide support for exercise Rock Proof V. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, watches artillery rounds land during Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. Rock Proof is a U.S. Army multilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability between U.S and Slovenian militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller in training, watches artillery rounds land during Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. Rock Proof is a U.S. Army multilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability between U.S and Slovenian militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

A Slovenian air force joint terminal attack controller, speaks with U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Smith, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron JTAC, after providing close air support during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia,. JTACs provide accurate, timely and relevant environmental situational awareness for units across a variety of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

A Slovenian air force joint terminal attack controller, speaks with U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian Smith, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron JTAC, after providing close air support during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia,. JTACs provide accurate, timely and relevant environmental situational awareness for units across a variety of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Bombs dropped from a Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft explode during live-fire training Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The PC-9Ms were controlled by U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers who provided support to U.S. Army units training in the range for exercise Rock Proof V. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Bombs dropped from a Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft explode during live-fire training Oct. 16, 2015, at the Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The PC-9Ms were controlled by U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers who provided support to U.S. Army units training in the range for exercise Rock Proof V. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Joint terminal attack controllers from the U.S. and Slovenian militaries discuss a bombing run by a Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft, during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The JTACs joined U.S. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment to provide close air support during the live-fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Joint terminal attack controllers from the U.S. and Slovenian militaries discuss a bombing run by a Slovenian PC-9M Hudournik aircraft, during exercise Rock Proof V Oct. 16, 2015, at Pocek Training Range, near Postojna, Slovenia. The JTACs joined U.S. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment to provide close air support during the live-fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

POSTOJNA, Slovenia -- Artillery - Fire! Machine guns - Fire! JTACS -- Cleared hot! U.S. service members watch as precision-timed artillery and machine guns suppress "enemy" positions while a Slovenian aircraft mid-dive releases munitions. 

Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing joined exercise Rock Proof V at the Pocek Training Range, Slovenia bringing joint terminal attack controllers to coordinate and deliver close air support.

"What we bring to the fight allows the (U.S.) Army to better execute their mission," said Staff Sgt. Therron Bundick, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron JTAC. "It's important for us to be integrated with them so we can provide the best support."

Rock Proof is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Slovenian militaries involving close air support, live artillery, small arms fire and marksmanship training.

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 305th Infantry Regiment hosted exercise Rock Proof V, which is also designed to coordinate direct and indirect fire with U.S. and Slovenian forces to certify units, as well as improve confidence through experience.Rock Proof V

The efforts of the JTACs were not only to support the U.S. Army but also to enhance their own capabilities. Two Airmen from the 2nd ASOS completed their training certification during the exercise.

"Rock Proof V for me is important because I get to train and develop," said Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd ASOS JTAC in training. "When we are in a real-world situation, without a doubt we need to be the subject matter experts and turn the ground commander's intent into reality." 

The JTACs controlled several Slovenian air force PC-9M Hudournik aircraft that provided close air support for the infantry part of the training. While the Airmen provided air support, the U.S. Army fired machine guns, artillery and mortar rounds fired around the target area.

According to Bundick, Rock Proof V was a coordinated symphony of artillery, mortars, small arms and aircraft training to become better at supporting the NATO mission, that allowed his Airmen to learn and develop skills better understand and provide joint power integration to the Army.