HMLA-467 forward air controllers instruct fellow pilots

21 Feb 2013 | Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson

A UH-1N Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 hovers above the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Tuesday before conducting forward air controller instructor training. While many aboard the air station did their best to stay warm and dry during wet weather conditions, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines braved the elements to train and stay mission ready. Forward air controllers direct and control close air support missions, said 1st Lt. Timothy C. Nolan, AH-1W Cobra pilot with HMLA-467. “FACs control other aircraft from the sky,” he said. “They tell the other aircraft who to attack, and they can direct personnel to engage targets with their weapons.”
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point