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Out of sight, but rarely out of range, Guard heavy weapon experts give ground forces the gift of superior firepower. Artillery specialists embed with ground forces, using laser rangefinders to send targets up for calculation. Cannon and rocket crews stand ready to shoot, raining fire and steel on targets over 15 miles away.
Air defense Soldiers clear the skies with AVENGER and PATRIOT missile systems, shielding ground forces from all threats above. If it sounds like rocket science, it is. Heavy weapons experts see the dimension in ways others don’t.
As a Cannon Crewmember in the Army National Guard, you join a team that ensures the U.S. maintains its battlefield superiority. You’ll deliver decisive blows to the enemy using howitzers and learn how to use high-tech cannon artillery weapons systems, plus artillery tactics and strategy.
Also known as the Forward Observer, Fire Support Specialists act as the eyes of an artillery unit and are primarily responsible for target acquisition and relaying that information to artillery units at all levels. In this role, you will become an expert communicator as you establish, maintain, and operate communications equipment; operate laser range finders; encode and decode messages; assist in preparing and distributing fire support plans; and determine target locations using computers or manual calculations.
JOINT Automated Systems are tools that help provide strategic coordination and situational awareness at the tactical levels of combat. As a Fire Control Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to integrate and process information from multiple users by utilizing the JOINT system and other automated systems used by the Army National Guard.
"Firefinder" is the name given to highly specialized radar that detects mortars, planes, and other objects by using radio or sound waves to determine their location. The Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator operates specialized equipment designed to acquire various targets, such as enemy mortar positions and aircraft, to alert defensive units.