By Capt. Alyson Stockton, 184th Intelligence Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 25, 2010
Members of the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron set up a tactical position during Viking Strike, a close air support exercise held Aug. 15 to 20 at Smoky Hill.
284th Air Support Operations Squadron commander Lt. Col. Gary Nash informs aircrews of enemy threat to his unit during an exercise scenario Aug. 19. Operation Viking Strike was a close air support exercise involving active duty and reserve component air support operations squadrons at Smoky Hill.
A1C Andrew Jundt surveys the area where simulated insurgents are threatening his unit. JTACs are responsible for directing air assets to targets that will ensure the safety of friendly forces. Airman Jundt, a freshman at Kansas State University, refined these skills during Viking Strike Aug. 15 to 20.
A1C Andrew Jundt listens as Lt. Col. Gary Nash directs an air strike on a nearby building during a close air support exercise Aug. 19 at Smoky Hill.
Lt. Col. Gary Nash watches as aircrews bomb a building on which he has just directed an air strike. According to him, a JTAC’s greatest responsibility is to eliminate enemy threat while weighing the risk to friendly forces.
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