immediate air support


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immediate air support

Air support to meet specific requests which arise during the course of a battle and which by their nature cannot be planned in advance. See also air support.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Once he realized his radio wires were damaged, Case held them together as he made the call to request immediate air support. However, the AC-130 needed a couple of minutes to get into position, and Case learned support was still five minutes away.
Bombardier Chris Thomas - an Army Commando attached to the Marines on The Hill - screams into his backpack radio for back-up: "We request immediate air support. Immediate air support.
And would not this immediate air support have provided the possibility of employing suppressing-fire on the adversary and of ascertaining whether there were wounded and, if there were, removing them?