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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Forward Air Controller

 
 
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front middle) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front middle)
Inscription. This memorial is dedicated to honor those special aviators who lost their lives during the Southeast Asia war while serving as Forward Air Controllers (FACS) in the 0-1, 0-2, OV-10, U-10, U-17, PC-6 and T-28 aircraft.

From 1962 through the end of formal hostilities in 1975, thousands of USAF officers trained at Hurlburt Field in these aircraft. Flyers of all ranks and backgrounds learned the basics of aerial reconnaissance, airpower employment , command and control, damage assessment, and rescue operations.

Once deployed they were assigned to Air Commando detachments, the 504th Tactical Air Support Group, and the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadrons.

[Base inscription]
Gone... but not forgotten, are the unit, mission and personal "call sign" used by FACS to identify themselves to others, in the air and on the ground.

[Left side monument list of those lost between 1962 & 1967]

I Bare You On Eagles' Wings,
And Brought You Unto Myself.
Exodus 19:4

Base inscription of Call Signs
Speedy Spike Sundog Tamale Tigerhound Thursty
Tilly ToGo Tonto Toy Trail Tum Viper Vulture Walt
Wire X-Ray Zipgun Zipon

[Right side monument list of those lost between 1967 & 1968]

Yea, He Did Fly Upon The Wings of the Wind
Psalms 18:10

Base inscription of Call Signs
Allen Andy Antar Ascot Aunt-Tilly Barry Baron Bart
Bat-FAC Beaver Big Bilk Bird-Dog Blue Boy Bomber
Boron Bronco Bully Butterfly Cagey Charlie Chico

[REAR Left side monument list of those lost between 1969 & 1970]

The Last Enemy That Shall
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Left Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Left Front)
Be Destroyed is Death
I Corinthians 15:26

Base inscription of Call Signs
Chirp Chmaba Cider Cobra Cookie Copperhead
Cottonmouth Covey Cricket Cutie Dart David
Delta-Covey Dora-Corn Dragon Drama Eagle-Red Easy

[Middle REAR monument]

Hit My Smoke!

Flying day and night at low altitudes in slow aircraft, FACs probed enemy targets, directed tactical air strikes in support of embattled ground units, interdicted enemy infiltration routes, and coordinated rescue operations.

FACs were the eyes, ears, and voices above the battlefield. Gallant airmen who provided the vital link between troops in the field, the various command and control agencies, and the U.S. and allied war planes.

This memorial endures to celebrate the courage, bravery and self-sacrifice of those killed in action while flying this unique and perilous mission.
All Gave Some — Some Gave All


Base inscription of Call Signs
Elliot Falcon Filter Gilt Gimpy King-Snake Golf Gombey
Hammer Headhunter Helix Herb Hound-Dog Hunt
Hussey Issue Jade Jake Kenny Lopez Lover Mike Nail
Nile Pant Panther Pedro Pen Pretzel Puppy-Love Python

[REAR Right side monument list of those lost between 1970 & 1973]
We Which Are Alive And Remain Shall Be Caught Up Together With Them In The Clouds,
1 Thessalonians 4:17

Base inscription of Call Signs
Ragged- Scooper Rake Ramrod Rash Raven Red Marker
Rod Rustic Scatback Sidewinder Sleepytime Slugger
Smokey Snake Snap Snoopy Snort Snug Spaf Spat
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front right) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front right)
Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.929′ N, 86° 42.042′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Independence Road and Cody Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park on the south side of the Hurlburt Chapel. Access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O-1E Bird Dog (here, next to this marker); Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (here, next to this marker); O-2 Super Skymaster (a few steps from this marker); United States Navy VO-67 (a few steps from this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (a few steps from this marker); Operation Uphold Democracy (a few steps from this marker); Operation Provide Comfort (a few steps from this marker); Operation Restore Hope (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
More about this marker. Although inscribed on the memorial as 0-1 and 0-2 (numerical) aircraft, they actually are O-1 and O-2, the 'O' standing for observation.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Forward air control during the Vietnam War. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam
 
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear left) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
4. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear left)
Hit My Smoke! Marker (Rear Middle) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
5. Hit My Smoke! Marker (Rear Middle)
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear right) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
6. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear right)
The Forward Air Controller Marker in front of a Cessna O-1E aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
7. The Forward Air Controller Marker in front of a Cessna O-1E aircraft.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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