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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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The FOS is used as a forward observer and target identification and location system for day and night operations.
Their organization did not include the personnel and equipment found in divisional direct support battalions to field sufficient liaison and forward observer parties.
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But this was apparently not the case, because the tanks and artillery were not yet deployed at that time, and these were not fully used because of the marshy ground and the lack of a forward observer, the senators investigating the clash noted.
Olihovik was a World War II veteran with the Service Battery 277th Field Artillery Battalion serving as a forward observer with General Patton in the 3rd Army and General Bradley in the 8th Army.
During the war, he served as a mortarman, a forward observer, and an infantryman.
A forward observer nearby called in air support and four P-4 7s showed up, strafing in the street beyond us.
Although this has provided excellent results in Afghanistan, it has also had the second order effect of allowing the forward observer and his maneuver commander to become extremely reliant on CAS for fire support.
On 29 January 1945, Lieutenant Diamond, who was serving as a forward observer, successfully directed mortar fire during the initial stages of the action, killing and wounding what appeared to be a reinforced platoon of Japanese.
His skill with radio led to a job as forward observer, a most dangerous job, where he was wounded twice.
In action, the weapon will be able to attack a target directly or loiter for hours until a forward observer directs the weapon to a target.
Franks first saw combat during the Vietnam War, where he earned three Purple Hearts as an artillery forward observer and fire support officer with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong River Delta.

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