Air Support Operations Squadrons provide tactical command and control to integrate joint firepower, especially attack aviation, in support of army ground operations.

The close team between the joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) and the airborne assets is key to successful close air support.
USAF/SrA Kevin Tanenbaum

ALTHOUGH THE MEDIA tends to focus on the aircraft that are dropping precision weapons and directly engaging so-called Islamic State (IS) forces, few realize that much of their success wouldn’t be possible without a select group of dedicated and highly trained airmen on the ground who direct their strikes. Maximizing the impact on the enemy, while minimizing collateral damage, is the job of the joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) within the Air Support Operations Squadrons (ASOS).

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