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Air, land, sea, snow: 1st ANGLICO joins RED FLAG-Alaska

U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) stand by for orders during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO provides direct support to the various joint, allied, coalition and special operations forces working within Marine Corps battlespace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) stand by for orders during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO provides direct support to the various joint, allied, coalition and special operations forces working within Marine Corps battlespace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Carlos Aguirre, the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Firepower Control Team One officer in charge, communicates with a pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Carlos Aguirre, the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Firepower Control Team One officer in charge, communicates with a pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. During the exercise, the FCT simulated providing targeting data for their team’s aircraft to neutralize, suppress or destroy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) forward observer, sits by his gear during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) forward observer, sits by his gear during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The JPARC airspace covers more than 77,000 square miles and provides a realistic training environment, allowing Airmen to train from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company forward observer, writes down target data during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company forward observer, writes down target data during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO provides Marine Air Ground Task Force Commanders a liaison capability to plan, coordinate, employ, and conduct terminal control of fires in support of joint, coalition, or allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company forward observer, uses binoculars during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarrett Dittenber, a 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company forward observer, uses binoculars during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO is manned, trained, and equipped to deliver devastating lethal and non-lethal effects across the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

Approximately 20 Marines with the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company participated in an integration exercise with its sister services during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex on Oct. 15, 2020.

The 1st ANGLICO’s mission is to serve as a liaison to its joint partners, coalition, or allied forces and assist them in delivering American firepower.

During RF-A 21-1, the Camp Pendleton-based unit conducted a close-air support simulation where they provided targeting data for their team’s aircraft to neutralize, suppress or destroy.

“In this exercise, we had multiple flights of aircraft engaging in aerial skirmishes with the 18th Aggressor Squadron while us, as JTACs, and my firepower control team were on the ground providing dynamic targeting for the aircraft flying for us to prosecute,” said U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Kenneth Fasone, a 1st ANGLICO Joint Terminal Attack Controller. 

To take advantage of the vast size of the JPARC, the Marines were grouped into three firepower control teams executing different close-air support scenarios in different areas simultaneously. 

“RED FLAG is set up in such a way that allows us to perform two different missions run by a separate crew,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Benjamin Guardenier, the 1st ANGLICO brigade platoon commander. “One of the F-35A pilots was the mission commander this morning while a Miramar-based F-18 pilot who came out to Alaska to train was the mission commander in the afternoon.”

1st ANGLICO has been part of several joint exercises in the past but this is its first time participating in RF-A, and the unit is better for it.

Marines are known to be lethal warriors trained to fight in all kinds of terrain, and the snowy mountains of Alaska are no exception.

“Alaska is very different from what we’re used to in Southern California but we need to be able to operate in different kinds of environments,” Guardenier said. “Having trained on doing that would make us much more effective in a real-world scenario.”