Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq: Korengal Valley: 111aaafghan070901_02262AA

soldiers with the 173rd division, battle company: JTAC Gabe Beck, center, speaks with pilots of bomber jets in the Tactical operations center for Battle company as two different 'troops in contact' incidents unfold on screens in the command center. Beck, a JTAC, is an Airforce-trained specialist in direct contact with the bomber pilots to call in airstrikes on certain targets while weighing and monitoring collateral damage potential. The TOC at camp blessing helps control close air support based on intelligence and input for troops at more forward operating bases, and decisions made by more senior commanders than those on the ground. Left center is captain Jeff Pickler. September 2007.
camp blessing, Kunar, Afghanistan

soldiers with the 173rd division, battle company: JTAC Gabe Beck, center, speaks with pilots of bomber jets in the Tactical operations center for Battle company as two different 'troops in contact' incidents unfold on screens in the command center. Beck, a JTAC, is an Airforce-trained specialist in direct contact with the bomber pilots to call in airstrikes on certain targets while weighing and monitoring collateral damage potential. The TOC at camp blessing helps control close air support based on intelligence and input for troops at more forward operating bases, and decisions made by more senior commanders than those on the ground. Left center is captain Jeff Pickler. September 2007.