By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr., Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team
BESMAYA RANGE, Iraq, March 12, 2018 —
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, in conjunction with the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team, coordinated the first coalition live-fire exercise for the Iraqi forward air controller course here, March 4-8.
The exercise enabled newly trained Iraqi forward air controllers to become certified and showcased the progress they have made since their training started in December.
“The coordination that occurred during planning sessions leading up to the live-fire events and the actual execution of the mission signals positive commitment to building a capable and professional Iraqi security force to integrate and control airborne strike assets,” said Air Force Col. James Howard, commander of the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group. “This builds legitimacy into the Iraqi program and fosters enduring relationships among partners in the fight against [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria].”
The event marked several firsts, including the first time the IFACs called in…