Pic o’ the Day

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Timothy Baxley, left, U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Weathersby and Afghan soldiers patrol during a combined clearing operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, April 29, 2012. Baxley, a joint terminal attack controller, and Weathersby are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

We like to joke that the Air Force is a uniformed service, but not a military service. But our tongue is always firmly planted in our cheek when we do so. And the truth of the matter is that there are quite a few Air Force troops that have jobs that are every bit as demanding and dangerous as any soldier’s.

Back in my day, we didn’t have JTACs. We had an ALO (Air Liason Officer) at the brigade headquarters, and a FAC (Forward Air Controller) at each battalion. The ALO and FACs were officers, aviators, on a tour supporting the Army. They each had a small team of enlisted troops, for whom the air support mission was a career field, and who would spend most of their Air Force enlistments cheek by jowl with the Army.

Via War News Updates