Fire Support Team
Definition/Scope: (JP 1-02) A team provided by the field artillery component to each maneuver company and troop to plan and coordinate all supporting fires available to the unit, including mortars, field artillery, naval surface fire support, and close air support integration. (DOD) An Army team provided by the field artillery component to each maneuver company and troop to plan and coordinate all indirect fire means available to the unit, including mortars, field artillery, close air support, and naval gunfire. (FM 17-95) The troop and company FIST, led by the FSO, coordinates and controls fire support for the troop or company. As the troop commander?s fire support coordinator, the FSO is the focal point for planning, integrating mortars and artillery, requesting air and naval gunfire support, and determining the method of target engagement. The FSO can be assigned responsibility for positioning the mortars to support the operation. He has an observation and laser designation capability and communication links to fire support means. The FIST is supported by and provides support to the fire support element in planning and executing fire support.
Used For:Fires WFF
Broader Terms:artillery and mortar support
Narrower Terms:Close Air Support
Related Terms:division artillery