Ample Strike 2019: JTAC integration


by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Shipman, 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron battalion Tactical Air Control Party noncommissioned officer in charge, poses in the staging area during exercise Ample Strike 2019, near Náměšť Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 5. Ample Strike is focused on air to land integration elements, specifically on the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and close air support aircrew.
U.S. Air Force 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron battalion Tactical Air Control Party Airmen observe a show of force flyover during Ample Strike 2019, near Náměšť Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 5. A show of force is a military operation intended to warn or to intimidate an opponent by showcasing a capability or will to act.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandan Brown, 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron battalion Tactical Air Control Party, watches close air support provide exercise fire during Exercise Ample Strike 2019, near Náměšť Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 5. As a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Brown is responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft engaged in CAS and other offensive air operations from a forward position. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandan Brown, 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron battalion Tactical Air Control Party, relays a nine-line to close air support aircraft during Exercise Ample Strike 2019, near Náměšť Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 5. A nine-line provides a ground perspective to the CAS aircrews for the target specifics to terminate enemy forces while keeping allied forces safe.