forward observer


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forward observer

An observer operating with front line troops and trained to adjust ground or naval gunfire and pass back battlefield information. In the absence of a forward air controller, the observer may control close air support strikes. Also called FO. See also forward air controller; spotter.
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Also shown will be an Artillery Forward Observer Simulator (AFOS), a computer based trainer for Forward Observers and Fire Direction Center Personnel.
In February 1951, as one of only two officers serving as forward observers in his company, First Lieutenant Barr called fire for more than 32 continuous hours to help thwart a division-size Chinese counteroffensive--a feat for which he received the Bronze Star Medal.
Bracketing the enemy; forward observers in World War II.
The skill set required to call for and execute precision fires missions at the forward observer level is complex.
According to UQM, the RST-V can be equipped for a variety of military applications, including forward observer, forward air control, light strike, reconnaissance, battlefield ambulance and air defense.
The forward observer for Tully's Bravo Company, First Lieutenant William Lund, ordered the batteries to mix point-detonating and time-fused high-explosive shells with white phosphorous rounds, saturating the enemy with a veritable shower of death.
If you're using forward observer software (FOS), the "boot disk O: Auto 1" may need to be set differently.
Using his forward observer, First Lieutenant Harbord called in artillery on the enemy position until the forward observer was wounded by small arms enemy fire.
Believing my inspection complete, I gave the forward observer the OK signal to lower the flaps.
Selective Service soon plucked him away into the Army, which made him a forward observer in Vietnam.
Williams, who had been a forward observer as a lieutenant during the Korean War, spurred this legacy.

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