The US Air Force (USAF) in Aviano Air Base, Italy, has conducted a Nato coalition combat capability training exercise with the Slovenian Army at Pocek A-G Range, Postojna, Slovenia.

The exercise comprised close-air-support training between USAF nine 8th Air Support Operations Squadron airmen (ASOS) and Slovenian Army joint terminal attacks controllers (JTACs) and tactical air control party (TACP) operators, as well as Slovenian PC-9M aircrews.

The exercise included training for Slovenian TACP operators and PC-9M pilots trained on night missions, on calling in live airstrikes and training to execute live CAS training missions using live ordnance close to the home station.

JTAC with the 8th ASOS Tech Sgt Eduardo Ramos said the objective of the training was to refine the techniques and procedures used in close-air-support scenarios.

“Our goal here is to train the Slovenian JTACs in our practices to better equip them for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” he added.

Slovenian Army 1st Brigade TACP leader Sgt 1st Class Sergej Savov said the exercise had helped to build the TACP capability for the Slovenian armed forces for all the missions and deployments.

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