18th Air Support Operations Group [18th ASOG]
The 18 ASOG mission during in-garrison, peacetime operations is to provide command and control of 19 geographically separated units, operational planning, weather support, joint air/ground training, contingency planning, and liaison. The 18 ASOG commander provides liaison between 9th Air Force and all sister services below the major command level. The Corps Air Liaison Officers mission is to provide on-scene advice to the Corps Commander and directly control the employment of joint and allied air power within the Corps area of operations as the representative of the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC).
The 18 ASOG mission during exercises, contingencies, or actual war is to provide meteorological support and deploy with, advise, and assist the ground force commander in planning, requesting, coordinating and controlling close air support (CAS) sorties, tactical air reconnaissance, and tactical airlift.
The 18 ASOG The group consists of headquarters staff and nine geographically separated air support operations and weather squadrons which are combat ready to deploy worldwide with 2 hours notice. The group has more than 1300 personnel and resources valued at more than $200 million. Its span of control covers many types of subordinate units (squadrons, flights, and operating locations (OL)) up and down the East Coast. The majority of these subordinate units are located on Army forts; however, three units are located on Air Force bases.
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