This is Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge (BATMAN), an AFRL Advanced Technology Demonstration, is a family of capabilities that enhance warfighter performance, making battlefield Airmen lighter, smarter, and more lethal.
I’ve got to admit, when I see the A-9 I think “Frogfoot”.
The Benini Heritage Center and Museum is located at the Combat Control School at Pope Field, NC.
The museum is named after Alcide S. “Bull” Benini (seen above circa 1951), a WWII Bataan Death March survivor 1942 and veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division 1946-1952, he transitioned to the USAF and became its first Combat Controller in 1953.
There have only been about 3,000 Combat Controllers in the history of the careerfield. Unfortunately, the facility cannot be properly maintained solely from funds donated by survivng CCT members and the USAF does not find the museum. That’s why they need our help.
My first two USAF assignments were as a Special Tactics Intelligence Officer. I learned first hand about the capabilities Combat Control brings to the fight. Many of you have worked with them in other capacities. Now is our chance to give back and help them preserve their heritage.
Every little bit helps.
Reminds me of the Brookwood Phase IV camouflage pattern.
John Q Public is to the Air Force what SSD is to PEO Soldier. He’s been taking a hard look at the Air Force’s most recent efforts to mothball the A10 and dismantle its Close Air Support capability by hosting a CAS summit. Read his latest installment here.
Black Diamond recently completed another successful Forward Air Control Utility Suite (FAC-US) SADL test with the A-10. This test completed full SADL messages to A10. Congratulations to the entire BDAT SW team for completing something that has never been so simple and accurate to use, and also dramatically increasing Sensor Point of Interest accuracy. This is going to revolutionize CAS with this platform.