A Defensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters reactively engage an adversary, typically over neutral or friendly territory, in the defense of some protected asset(s). mission where fighters defend a large area, such as a geographic area or carrier strike group.
Barrier Combat Air Patrol. A general name for A/A missions.. A defensive Air-to-air. An aerial fight between two or more aircraft. mission designed to protect an asset, such as an aircraft carrier, from enemy aircraft.
A formation of four aircraft where two aircraft abeam each other are followed by two other aircraft abeam each other. When viewed from above or below the four aircraft appear to be in the corners of a quadrilateral.
Combat Air Patrol. A general name for A/A missions.
(See An OCA mission where fighters operate as part of a strike package in close proximity to the A/S strike aircraft..)
Command Element. The headquarters element of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. A principal United States Marine Corps organization that combines air-, land-, and sea-borne forces to conduct a wide array of military operations and humanitarian responses anywhere in the world. Comprised of a CE, ACE, GCE, and LCE. May take the form of a MEB, MEF, or MEU. that directs the other elements.
An Offensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters preemptively seek aerial engagements with an adversary, typically over their territory. mission where fighters operate as part of a strike package in close proximity to the Air-to-Surface. A general term for the missions and/or equipment involved in the aerial attack of surface (land or sea) targets. strike aircraft.
An aerial formation where two aircraft fly 1 to 1.5 miles abeam each other, headed in the same direction, and from level up to several thousand feet off each other’s altitude.
Combat search and rescue.
Dissimilar Air Combat Training. A/A training between differing aircraft, such as F-15s and F/A-18s.
Defensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters reactively engage an adversary, typically over neutral or friendly territory, in the defense of some protected asset(s).
aka Four-ship. A coordinated flight of four aircraft operating in close proximity to one another.
A formation of two or more aircraft all lined out to one side and slightly behind the preceding aircraft.
Forward Air Controller (Airborne). Generic term for any aircraft crew member, whether at the flight controls or not. who perform Forward Air Controller. A pilot serving alongside ground forces, acting as a liaison with combat support aircraft. duties while aloft in an aircraft, typically while also at the aircraft controls.
Field Carrier Landing Practice. A flight where the purpose is to perform repeated aircraft carrier-style landings ashore in preparation for later carrier qualifying afloat.
Fighter Even, An air contact whose identity (friendly, enemy, or neutral) is unknown. Odd. An obsolete deconfliction strategy intended to prevent mid-air collisions. Requires fighters to arrive at the The point in time and space where opposing aircraft meet in an A/A engagement, generally heading in opposite directions. on even, whole thousand altitudes (e.g. 22,000 ft, 30,000 ft, etc.) and the adversaries at odd (e.g. 25,000 ft).
The act of preparing an aircraft for possible combat prior to entering into a designated area (fence in) and then ensuring the aircraft is safely ready to Return to Base. The act of returning to the place of origin or other friendly place of refuge, following a mission. when egressing combat areas (fence out).
High Value Airborne Asset Protection. An A/A mission where fighters actively defend an aircraft that is unable to defend itself. Could be a standalone mission or in conjunction with OCA or DCA missions.
Live, Virtual, Constructive. A cost- and asset-conserving strategy that includes manned aircraft, manned aircraft simulators, and computer-generated aircraft for the training and testing of various missions.
Medical Evacuation. The immediate removal of wounded service members from the battlefield.
An offensive A/A mission flown in an effort to stir up and shoot down enemy aircraft.
Offensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters preemptively seek aerial engagements with an adversary, typically over their territory.
A DCA mission where fighters defend a very small asset, such as a downed aircrew.
Surface-to-air Missile. Homing or guided missiles designed to shootdow aircraft. Ambush. A tactic where aircraft attempt to draw opposing aircraft into a particular geographic area so that they can be engaged by SAMs.
Search and Rescue. The process of locating and recovering distressed personnel.
An OCA mission where fighters operate in conjunction with a strike package some coordinated time / distance behind.
Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
aka Two-ship. A coordinated flight of two aircraft operating in close proximity to one another.
A combination OCA/strike mission where aircraft fight their way into a target, strike it with A/S ordnance, then fight their way out again.
(See A combination OCA/strike mission where aircraft fight their way into a target, strike it with A/S ordnance, then fight their way out again..)
An OCA mission where fighters act autonomously without being tied to any other fighter elements or strike package.
A formation of four aircraft abeam each other in a relatively-straight line, albeit possibly at different altitudes.