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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Caption: The forward observer provides the eyes for modern artillery and often use high-powered optronics and laser rangefinders, These are now being linked to digital data transmission terminals that allow the download of pre formatted call for fire messages.
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.
1st Class Brandon Lemmons, a forward observer with the regiment's Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
During those conversations, I learned this gentle man and gentleman had been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Auburn University ROTC as a forward observer for the artillery.
The target designator will be used in conjunction with Simrad Optronics' forward observer system FOI2000, currently under delivery.
Jim Dellinger, who was a sergeant and forward observer in Vietnam, 1965-67.
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.
The fire-control center modifies its commands to the guns in response to communicated inputs from a forward observer who can see the target and the strikes of the rounds fired.

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