JTAC Kevin Caroon, 28, 'sparkles' a target for the AC130 pilots above, as he helps control close air support fire from above Yakachina village while on a mission with Battle Company in Korengal Valley, Kunar province, Afghanistan on Oct. 20, 2007. JTACs are airforce-trained specialists in direct contact with the bomber pilots to call in airstrikes on certain targets while weighing and monitoring collateral damage potential. Kearney, the JTACs, and certain intelligence and communication specialists work as a team from afar but with a bird's eye view to help infantry troops on the ground.
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