Bulahdelah residents will get a glimpse into specialised Defence training from 26 February to 15 March 2018.
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) with the Australian Defence Force will be conducting training within the Bulahdelah township and surrounding farmland.
The JTAC course is aimed at graduating selected personnel in the planning, briefing, controlling and reporting of close air support (CAS) on the battlefield.
Personnel will wear uniform and webbing but will not be carrying weapons or any form of simulated weapons. There will be a small presence of military vehicles and all activities are planned during daylight hours.
All personnel will remain clear of private property except where there are land holder agreements in place.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Michael Kitcher, said JTACs provide eyes on the ground for aircrew during operations.
“Working from forward positions, they can direct the actions of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations,” Air Commodore Kitcher said.
“In the urban battlespace we face on operations today, the role of JTACs is crucial to ensuring the precision application of air power; delivering maximum effect with minimal impact on civilians and civilian infrastructure. When winning ‘hearts and minds’ is paramount, their efforts are vital to achieving overall mission success.”
PC-9 aircraft and Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft will conduct medium to close air support down to 45m (150ft). F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will also provide support to the training but will operate at high altitudes, approximately 4572 m (15000 ft).
Fast jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown use the airspace around Great Lakes and Bulahdelah on a regular basis – particularly the Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft.
Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas. The ongoing support of the Bulahdelah community is appreciated.