Joint Firepower Control CourseMISSION
Instruct concepts, doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures by which air and surface combat forces plan, request, coordinate, and control joint firepower.
Understand TACS/AAGS Agencies, their functions and capabilities Plan, Request, Coordinate and Control Joint Firepower Encompasses Air Force and Army personnel at Division Level and below Comprehend the use of selected major weapon systems in Joint Operations Comprehend selected operations at division level and below (Field Training Exercise Only) Apply Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) procedures and techniques during a field training exercise to include requesting, coordinating, and controlling Close Air Support
Know the major friendly and enemy weapons systems. Know Joint Doctrine and doctrines, missions, and organizations of the United States Armed Forces as they relate to Joint Firepower Comprehend Command and Control and the related procedures associated with air and surface support to joint operations Comprehend mission planning and coordination used for joint operations at the tactical level
Trains jointly approved concepts, doctrine, procedures, and techniques for integrating combat efforts to services in joint operations. Gives a general overview of the TAGS. Emphasis is on planning and coordination at operational levels below Army divisions and integrating Air Force air support into Army operations through the division level. Air Force students receive training in procedures and techniques of forward air control. Practical field work includes a field problem which lasts 4 days, bivouac procedures, control of close air support, control of theater airlift, and adjustment of artillery. Instruction is also provided in land navigation. Air Force students receive training in the operation of Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) communications equipment.
Prerequisites: Air Force personnel assigned or selected for assignment for duty as an air liaison officer (ALO), forward air controller, or theater airlift liaison officer. Army personnel assigned or selected for duty as an S-3 air, fire support coordinator (company, battalion, or brigade) or operations NCO (battalion or brigade). Air Force students must meet AFI 36-2903 and AFI 40-502 standards. International students admitted only by exception. ECL 80 SR.
(1) ASOS Personnel. All ALOs assigned to ASOCs or division level TACPs and below and all FACs are required to attend. Corps ALOs may attend; however, these personnel are required to attend the AGOS joint air operations staff course (JAOSC) (ACC).
(2) AMC Personnel. Theater airlift liaison officers assigned to work at Army command echelons may attend the course as required by AMC.
(3) Army Personnel. Attendance is mandatory for personnel assigned to duties requiring the 5U ASI. See Department of the Army Pamphlet 351-4, US Army Formal Schools Catalogue, for description and requirements. Special Requirements: Secret clearance by class start date. Service uniform (any combination) is recommended for all academic classes. Students staying for the third week FTX require two sets of BDUs, one pair of flight or combat boots, and one field jacket. Air Force students must have a current valid state driver's license.