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.
"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 CJTF did not have an Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), which serves as the air component's lead for "planning, coordinating, controlling, and executing" air operations to support ground combat forces.
(28) This system aligned tactical air control parties down to the battalion level and gave higher headquarters guidance from the air support operations center (ASOC).
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.