Ground Aircraft Observer (518) Enlisted Personnel

Sets up and operates an observation post in forward area of a combat zone in order to provide information concerning approach of friendly or enemy aircraft.
Determines the location of site and establishes observation post. Spots and identifies friendly and enemy aircraft by sight and sound and reports their presence by voice, radio, telephone, or other means of communication to aircraft warning service, antiaircraft gun, or searchlight headquarters. Estimates and reports range, azimuth, altitude, number, and type of observed aircraft. Transmits reports of such weather elements as type and height of clouds, wind direction and velocity, ceiling, and visibility.
May set up, operate, and perform minor maintenance on radio equipment used in transmitting observation.
Must have normal hearing and should have twenty/twenty vision.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Antiaircraft Fire Control Observer, Flank Station
  • Ground Observer, Aircraft Warning (AAF)

Suitable Substitutions