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He will work very closely with joint tactical air controllers.
The Joint Tactical Air controller (JTAC) tasked Dude 02 to track enemy personnel inside the COP.
Cpl Mather decided to become a Forward Air Controller after seeing the Joint Tactical Air Controllers and the Fire Support Teams on an exercise in Arizona and describes it as by far the greatest and most challenging job he has done in the Armed Forces.
Out of a dozen engagements, he says, "We never had a qualified joint tactical air controller on the ground; we never had JDAM-quality coordinates from the ground" The joint direct attack munition is a satellite-guided bomb that requires precise geo-coordinates to make it fly to the correct target.
As Joint Tactical Air Controller he would have called in air strikes to protect his base and Camp Dwyer behind it.
By design, an Air Force joint tactical air controller was along to direct strike aircraft.