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    Marines Rehearse Close-Air Support with Moroccan Fighter Pilots

    Marines Rehearse Close-Air Support with Moroccan Fighter Pilots

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Ariel Solomon | U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Robert Taylor 

    116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team

    TAN TAN, Morocco - Marines assigned to the 3D Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, U.S. Marine Reserve Corps conducted close air support training, June 8, with Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 pilots during Exercise African Lion 2023.

    For more than 45 minutes, Marines relayed target location data, and provided terminal attack controls for Morocco’s most capable and lethal fighter pilots.

    “The pilots were very sharp and very professional,” said Capt. Taylor Dillenberger, the Supporting Arms Liaison Team Alpha officer in charge. “Training with members of a foreign air force in a realistic training environment prepares Marines to conduct multilateral military operations on the modern-day battlefield.”

    3D ANGLICO, based in Los Angeles, California, uses small teams consisting of a radio operator, a joint terminal attack controller, and a joint fires observer to serve as the link between air and ground teams.

    Small fire support teams are doctrinally attached to non-Marine units. 3D ANGLICO is also supporting the Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team in the Tan Tan Training Area.

    “Working with the Army and the National Guard has been a great experience,” said U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Capt. William Torrington, a joint tactical air controller. “Exercises like this provide a wonderful opportunity to share tactics, techniques and procedures.”

    AL23 in Morocco is a continuation of the U.S. and Morocco’s longstanding security relationship, a relationship that dates back to the founding of the United States.

    More than a dozen of the unit’s Marines are participating in African Lion 23 throughout June with approximately 8,000 personnel from 18 nations. AL23, U.S. Africa Command's largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia from May 13 to June 18, 2023.



    Date Taken: 06.15.2023
    Date Posted: 06.15.2023 07:16
    Story ID: 447229
    Location: TAN TAN, MA

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