Training should integrate the brigade air element (BAE), task force fire support element
, and fires battalion.
1, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Joint Special Operations Task Force Operations, was being revised as the conflict in Afghanistan began and included details on the fire support element
, including coordinating boundaries, representing special operations to agencies such as the joint targeting and coordination board, and preventing fratricide.
For example, an immediate air support request from AAMDC must be forwarded to the fire support element
of the deep operations coordination cell.
The battalion fire support element
used a very slow deliberate method to clear fires.
The fire support element
found in the infantry brigade had similar capabilities; in turn the BAE was designed to have many of the same attributes that made the Fire Support Element
Upon target acquisition, soldiers can use the ranging capabilities of the TOW ITAS to determine target locations beyond the direct-fire weapons' range of any infantry or armor battalion, and relay them to the fire support element
for engagement with indirect fire support.
As the attacking element closes on the enemy position, mortars, machineguns, grenade launchers, and riflemen of the fire support element
must shift or cease firing to prevent fratricide.
It substantially enhances the combat performance of dismounted troops in connection with unmanned systems and fire support elements
Moving to a new position, Corporal Keighran deliberately and repeatedly again exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to assist in target identification and the marking of the forward line of troops for fire support elements
whilst simultaneously engaging the enemy .