Video: US, German JTACs perform CSAR training
Video by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace
Two white SUVs swerved, skidded and bolted across gravel and dirt back-roads driving faster and faster to reach their ultimate destination, downed pilots. Marines from 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company along with German Air Force joint terminal attack controllers careened along the dirt back-roads communicating with close-air support assets flying in the sky above to locate the downed aircrew. Meanwhile, two GAF pilots waited silently on the side of a hill for the combat search and rescue team to find them. "During this whole Mountain Roundup exercise, we've been partnering with the Germans and training as a combined unit aimed at the same objectives," said Marine Capt. Erich Lloyd, 1st ANGLICO forward air controller. "Training with our allies is a very important role for us because we are the liaison for coalition partners." Once the aircrew was located, the SAR element moved in and the most dangerous part of their mission began--verifying the crew and extracting them to safety. The SUVs screeched to a halt and immediately every door of each flew open and out poured ANGLICO Marines along with GAF JTACs. A perfect circle began to widen and the coalition partners, the brothers-in-arms, move silently out, looking for the distressed and possibly injured aircrew. M-4 carbines and M249 squad automatic weapons scan the horizon, waiting for a chance to eliminate any threat stupid enough to get in their line of sight.