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Army and Air Force working to strengthen coalition forces: Rockets sliced through the air as AH-64E Apache Guardian pilots assigned to the 7th Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 449th Combat Aviation Brigade, destroyed the enemy during the Iraq Forward Air Control Course live-fire training exercise March 8, 2018 in Besmaya, Iraq.

Military forces to include: the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, New Zealand army, and the Australian army joined together with Iraqi security forces students to conduct this training exercise as part of a three-month course tailored to conduct close air support techniques and close combat attack training.

“This capability will help ISF integrate Iraqi fixed wing and rotary wing assets into the ground scheme of maneuver which is a force multiplier on the battlefield,” said U.S. Army 449th CAB assistant future operations officer Maj. Warren Green. “Our goal is to help demonstrate the capacities of attack rotary wing assets and show the effectiveness of operating jointly with air and ground maneuver elements.”

The 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron facilitated the three-month long course by mentoring and advising ISF students. They learned about CAS, which is air action by fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are near friendly forces. They also learned about CCA, which is an attack helicopter maneuvering and firing in direct support of a ground force that has come into direct contact with the enemy.

These smaller exercises led to the culminating exercise where students were given a battlefield scenario and graded on successfully completing a five-line radio call that provides pertinent information for air assets to perform the CCA maneuver correctly destroying the enemy.

A U.S. Air Force battlefield airman explained that the students aren’t required to learn English as part of the course. Read more

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Army and Air Force working to strengthen coalition forces: TAJI, Iraq – Rockets sliced through the air as AH-64E Apache Guardian pilots assigned to the 7th Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 449th Combat Aviation Brigade, destroyed the enemy during the Iraq Forward Air Control Course live-fire training exercise March 8, 2018 in Besmaya, Iraq.