ANGLICO | Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) are an elite United States Marines Corps (USMC) unit tasked with calling in air strikes and artillery fires in support of their attached formation.
ANGLICO - Role
The 'Liaison' part of their name refers to ANGLICO's role in coordinating, synchronizing and deconflicting air strikes and artillery fires for the Joint, Allied or Coalition force operating in or adjacent to the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) battlespace. ANGLICO liaise between the MAGTF commander and the commander of the unit they are attached to.
ANGLICO forward air controllers (FACs), otherwise known as JTACs, are tasked with calling in close air support (CAS) from attack aircraft and helicopters. ANGLICO forward artillery observers are trained to call in and coordinate ground-based fires such as mortars, self-propelled artillery, MLRS rocket launchers as well as naval gunfire from ships out to sea. ANGLICO have the distinction of being the only US DoD unit capable of bringing in fire support from air, sea and land. They regular support Special Operations Forces.
ANGLICO typically deploy to the battlefield in small teams, although the team size differs depending on mission requirements. ANGLICO teams often operate in the deep battle space, typically as an independent entity, other times embedded with forward troops. Sometimes a single ANGLICO Marine may be attached to a Special Operations unit, much in the same way a single Air Force Combat Controller (CCT) might. ANGLICO teams are trained to remain undetected by the enemy and not to engage in direct combat unless absolutely necessary. However, due to their often high risk missions, ANGLICO maintain a skill set similar to special operations forces, employing small unit tactics in order to fight their way out of trouble if needed. ANGLICO personnel undergo Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training. ANGLICO maintain a parachute and small boat insertion capability.
ANGLICO - VIDEO
5th ANGLICO on patrol with Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan.
U.S. DoD video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Symonds | released to public domain
ANGICO - Organization
There are 3 active duty and 2 reserve component ANGLICO companies within the USMC:
Each ANGLICO company consists of approximately 42 Marine officers, 150 Marine enlisted, 3 Navy officers and 6 Navy enlisted.
Marines with Firepower Control Team 1 (FCT-1), 3rd Platoon, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) pictured on operations in Haditha, Iraq, 2005.
US DoD photo by CPL BENDER, JAN M
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JTACS with 1st ANGLICO observe and designate a target with a portable laser designator(left) and tripod-mounted binoculars. ANGLICO also use thermal imagers and secure radio systems.
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