overwatch said:What is the role of an ACSO in terms of combat? Do ACSO's see any combat (i.e. airlift of wounded soldiers in theatre in the Chinkooks)?
Also, when the CAF was in Afghanistan do the long range patrol air crew stay in an air base in the middle east?
I'm just trying to get a grasp on the ACSO's duty in combat. IIRC they fly specific air frames but none of them are combat oriented.
Dimsum said:EITS pretty much nailed it. The one thing I'll add is that for the Auroras, 1 of the 2-3 does what he says (takes data and plans, etc) and the other 1 or 2 deal with communications via multiple means (HF, VHF, UHF radios, secure and unsecure means, Link, Chat in some instances, etc) as well as specific navigation requirements.
Crimmsy said:You're not wrong Max, but what does that contribute to the conversation?
SupersonicMax said:Man, it sounds a lot like what one person does in a fighter, on top of flying the aircraft!
SupersonicMax said:Can't take a joke?
Loachman said:Several years ago, before "snowflake" took on its latest additional meaning, I referred to SAR helicopters as "gaudy yellow" in a work e-mail.
Three months later, a CO-to-CO e-mail was forwarded to me down the Squadron chain-of-command. The butthurtedness was hilarious.
For my Dead Guy Photo for my second tour in Kandahar, I wore a "Loachman" nametag, and my rank slip-on had my first name on it instead of the unit title. While home on leave, this photo (from my neck down) was apparently put up during Comd TFK's CUB one day. I was accused of such things as "desecrating a CF slip-on" and "not treating the war seriously" (I did, but not the prospect of my death; if it did happen, however, I wanted friends and family to at least get a chortle or two out of it) and ordered to get a new photo taken as soon as I got back. Our A3, however, thought that both photo and fuss were excruciatingly funny.
So, no, not everybody.
By the ring around his eyeball,
You can tell a bombardier.
You can tell a bomber pilot
By the spread around his rear.
You can tell a navigator
By his sextants, maps and such.
You can tell a fighter pilot
BUT YOU CAN'T TELL HIM MUCH!