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AMSG is seeking a Joint Terminal Attack Controller Instructor to provide input to Government training developers for the Joint Fires Observer (JFO) Program of Instruction (POI) and maintain and update lesson plans.

Location:  Fort Sill (USAFCOEFS), 428th FA Brigade Fort Sill, OK
Education: See Minimum Instructor Qualifications below
Years of Experience:  See Minimum Instructor Qualifications below
Clearance Requirements:  Current DoD Secret is desired not required/NACI Suitability
Job Type:  Full Time

General Description:  Provide resident and Mobile Training Team (MTTs) Joint Fire Observer Court (JFOC) instruction to multi-service and coalition students attending Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course (FABOLC) and 2E-F233/250-ASIL7.  

Specific Duties:  The full spectrum of training includes but is not limited to classroom, hands-on, simulation/virtual, and field training exercises. Training requirements shall be for resident and non-resident training courses and in support of mobile training teams (MTTs). Conduct of instruction shall also be in support of specialized training requirements or the training of new systems. The Instructor shall also participate as a SME in developing revisions of the POIs, Lesson Plans and Training Support Packages (TSP) to remedy any deficiencies or shortcomings identified during the preparation for and conduct of instruction.
  • Follow the Government provided Program of Instruction (POI) and prepare to teach to standard the contents of each POI. This includes ensuring class begins and ends on time IAW the government approved schedule. Instructors will ensure all required resources are on hand and in good working condition NLT 15 minutes prior to beginning scheduled training.
  • Ensure at the end of each class that all students complete a Course Evaluation Assessment (critique). The instructors shall provide the critiques to the COR within 2 business days of the end of each class.
  • Evaluate students on JFO tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) under field, simulated, and classroom conditions. Instructor shall maintain competence as a JFOC instructor, which requires continual self-education on emerging technological advances in JFO equipment and aircraft weapons systems. The instructors/operators shall coordinate with the COR for review and approval of all training sessions. JFOC instructors shall maintain currency through continued simulation evaluations.
  • Serve as both primary instructors and SMEs for:
    • Close Air Support which is defined as: "Air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and that require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces."
    • Observed Fire Procedures which is defined as: "Planning and coordinating fire support for the maneuver commander, locate and engage targets utilizing calls for indirect fire to mortars, field artillery and naval surface fire support assets and battlefield information reporting."
    • The Instructors shall administer examinations, evaluate test results, correlate test results of the students' ability, and provide recommendations to academic deficiency panels on changes and student status.
    • The Instructors shall analyze individual and class academic duty performance and shall provide recommendations for improvement to the COR concerning course materials, methods of instruction, and performance evaluation when requested.
    • The Instructors shall monitor, set-up, tear down, stage for shipment, and operate a Call for Fire Trainer (CFFT) simulator (or future simulator replacement) as part of the POI on JFO procedures in resident and as a part of a mobile training team. In the event of a simulator malfunction, the instructor shall coordinate with the COR to fix the simulator problem. The instructor shall be able to:
      • Set-up pilot view and give trigger control to the pilot or JTAC
      • Add and delete targets/entries while scenario is running.
      • Change observation positions
      • Change from night to day
      • Change the Fog level
      • Change the Rain
      • Change the Wind
      • Execute an Artillery Call-for-fire
      • Execute a Naval Call-for-Fire
      • Execute a Special Operations Forces (SOF) Gunship mission or USMC KC-130J Harvest Hawk
      • Execute a Close Air Support Mission
      • Execute an Army Attack Aviation Mission
      • Operate the Infrared Radiation (IR) pointer on the ground station and pilot station
      • Operate the IR strobe
      • Operate the Lightweight Laser Designation Rangefinder (LLDR)
      • Operate the Pocket-Sized Forward Entry Device (PFED)/Strikelink
      • Operate JFO Communications Equipment Suites organic to both US Army and US Marine JFOs/TACPs.
      • The contractor JFOC instructors/operators shall stay familiar with TTPs, lessons learned, and evolving JFO doctrine and procedures. The contractor JFOC instructors/operators shall recommend specific software and hardware upgrades to current scenarios and development of new scenarios based on research. The contractor JFOC instructors/operators shall coordinate with the COR the development and implementation of all upgrades and new scenarios to maintain relevancy of simulator training for both Close Air Support (CAS) and ground based fire support modules. All contractor personnel shall apply for and maintain accounts on the Army Center for Lessons Learned (ACCL) and the Marine Corps Center for Lesson Learned (MCCLL) websites.
      • Using the Call For Fire Trainer, Deployable Virtual Training Equipment-Combined Arms Network (DVTE-CAN) systems, and Multi-purpose Supporting Arms Trainer (MSAT), Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer (SAVT), and associated gear/equipment or future JCAS ESC approved equipment, the JTAC/JFO instructors/operators shall
        • Monitor and operate a simulator as part of the POI on JFO procedures.
        • Using established JFO courseware, develop simulation mission scenarios in compliance with COR guidance and the JFO POI.
        • Recommend and coordinate with the COR updates to current scenarios and development of new scenarios to maintain relevancy IAW changes to doctrine for both Close Air Support (CAS) and ground based fire support modules.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications:
  • US Citizen
  • Three (3) years of active duty time at an Operational Unit while performing JTAC / FAC (A) duties.
  • Certified as one of the following (provide documented proof)
    • Joint Terminal Attack Controller
      • JTAC Certificate required
      • Minimum three (3) years JTAC Certification (AF Form 8, AF Form 3827, or Terminal Attack Control Evaluation form or service equivalent)
      • –OR–
    • Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC[A])
      • Successfully graduated from a FAC (A) course instruction
      • Minimum three (3) years FAC (A) experience (Official Flight Record, AF Form 8, or Service equivalent)
      • –OR–
    • Alternative JTAC/FAC(A) Experience: A combination of 8 years of continuous active military service can be combined with a minimum of 2 years of Operational JTAC/FAC(A) experience in lieu of the 3 years JTAC/FAC(A) experience.
  • Supporting Documentation Required:
    • JTAC or FAC (A) Qualification Course Certificate
    • JTAC or FAC (A) Designation Orders
    • JTAC: AF Form 8, AF Form 3827, or Terminal Attack Control Evaluation Form or Service Equivalent
    • FAC (A): Official Flight Record, AF Form 8, or Service equivalent
    • DD214 with an Honorable Discharge