air support operations center


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air support operations center

The principal air control agency of the theater air control system responsible for the direction and control of air operations directly supporting the ground combat element. It processes and coordinates requests for immediate air support and coordinates air missions requiring integration with other supporting arms and ground forces. It normally collocates with the Army tactical headquarters senior fire support coordination center within the ground combat element. Also called ASOC. See also air support; close air support; operation; tactical air control center.
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To maintain responsiveness and flexibility, the Air Force, in coordination with the Army, made a decision to increase the number of Air Support Operations Centers (ASOC) from 6 Cold War-legacy ASOCs aligned with each Army corps to 10 ASOCs, aligned and collocated with the 10 active Army divisions.
CCU/SPO is also extending the network and visualization tools to selected rooms in the command center, such as the Air Support Operations Center, the Division Tactical Operations Center, the division Topographic team room and the G2 Analysis and Control Element Operations Pit, ACE Imagery Intelligence Pit, Multidiscipline Counterintelligence Room and Collection Management and Dissemination Room.
When we find a target that needs to be eliminated, we run a close-air support request through the tactical air control party and the Air Support Operations Center.
The deployed Air Support Operations Center, Air Component Coordination Element, and Control and Reporting Center allow the air component to interact better at all levels and provide means to adjust to changing situations.
Because the ABCCC was airborne, it was able to communicate with and manage tactical forces operating beyond the normal communications coverage of other tactical air control system elements, such as the Air Support Operations Center and the Control and Reporting Center.