An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Jan. 18, 2024

5th ANGLICO Turns 20 This Year, Continues to Innovate for the Future

By 1st Lt. Michelle Lin, III MEF Information Group

III Marine Expeditionary Force’s liaison element will soon celebrate the 20th anniversary of its activation on Oct. 1, 2024.

5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, based on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, provides the Marine Air Ground Task Force Commander a liaison capability to plan, coordinate, employ, and conduct terminal control of fires in support of joint, allied, and coalition forces.

The history of ANGLICO dates to the establishment of the Joint Assault Signals Company during World War II. These companies specialized in combined arms, fire support, communication, and liaison capabilities in support of planning, coordinating, and conducting terminal control of fires.

JASCO comprised of specially trained members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army who provided coordinated and controlled artillery, naval gunfire, and close air support for U.S. ground forces. JASCO units disbanded after the National Security Act of 1947 reorganized the U.S. Armed Forces.

The original ANGLICO units, 1st, and 2nd ANGLICO, continued to serve in combat throughout the Korean War and Vietnam War. Firepower Control Teams at the company level and Supporting Arms Liaison Teams at the battalion level consisted of personnel who could control fires for all supporting arms and maneuver units.

In 1999, all active-duty ANGLICO units deactivated. The Marine Liaison Elements assumed their duties and responsibilities. The two reserve ANGLICO units, 3d and 4th ANGLICO, stayed.

Recognizing the value for an organic unit to conduct liaison with allied or coalition forces, the Marine Corps reactivated all active-duty ANGLICOs.

On October 1, 2004, 5th ANGLICO was formally activated, marking a significant milestone in the lineage of ANGLICO units and amplifying the combined force’s capabilities. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, ANGLICO units were reformed to include Joint Fires Observers to respond to the threats of a modern battlefield.

“As the rest of the military continues to advance, 5th ANGLICO works with allied and coalition partners in an ever-evolving operational environment. In the past, 5th ANGLICO supported military campaigns that were part of the Global War on Terrorism. In the present, we continue to train with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific, anticipating future operations to be conducted in the littorals, and strengthening our multi-domain awareness, maneuver, and integrated fires across a distributed maritime environment.” – Lt. Col. Matthew R. Ashton, commanding officer of 5th ANGLICO.

ANGLICO units consist of detachments that are comprised of forward air controller officers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, Joint Fires Observers, fire support Marines, and radio operators, leveraging the best Marines and specialties from air, artillery, and communications. The certifications of JTACs and JFOs who identify targets to call for joint fires is a modernization of the JASCO concept of controlling artillery, naval gunfire, and CAS in support of the ground force.

5th ANGLICO embraces emerging technology to ensure its teams maintain superiority on the battlefield for years to come. This year 5th ANGLICO is implementing small unmanned aerial system operators with JFO capability, refining the kill chain of land-based and maritime target acquisitioning and leading to a more advanced and lethal force.

The SUAS teams will operate the RQ-20 Puma unmanned aircraft system which provides surveillance and reconnaissance, and a unique capability for drone pilots to safely navigate the land, overcome obstacles, and shoot accurate fires faster. Projected advances in small unmanned aerial systems, and sensor technology with low profiles and tactical data links, will speed targeting cycles.

5th ANGLICO continues to uphold the JASCO legacy and is optimally postured to provide the greater stand-in force a capability to support joint and bilateral operations to defend allies and partners within the first island chain.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
X
363,420
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USINDOPACOM Commander Travels to Australia
Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, speaks with Michael Fullilove, Executive Director at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on April 9, 2024. The engagement was part of a trip to Australia focused on increasing cooperation and military integration as part of the strong bilateral relationship. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John D. Bellino)
April 9, 2024 - SYDNEY - Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Canberra and Sydney, Australia from April 7-10, 2024, where he met with senior government and military leaders and participated in think tank...

U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy unite for maritime rescue, emphasizing community ties in FSM
The crew of USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) rescues three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, on April 9, 2024. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest and had not returned, prompting the search. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
April 9, 2024 - Three mariners are safe on April 9, 2024, thanks to the coordination of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the U.S. Navy, after being stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),...

USINDOPACOM Commander Presents Legion of Merit to Australia Chief of Defence Force
Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, joins Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of the Defence Force, at a ceremony to present Campbell with the Legion of Merit in Canberra, Australia, on April 8, 2024. The Legion of Merit is the highest accolade that the U.S. can bestow upon a foreign leader; it is reserved for individuals who have shown exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith)
April 8, 2024 - CANBERRA, Australia - Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, presented Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of Defence Force, with the Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander, at the Russell Office...

AUKUS Defense Ministers' Joint Statement
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
April 8, 2024 - Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. seek to maximize the strategic benefits of the AUKUS partnership to support the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond...

U.S. Coast Guard establishes Marine Safety Unit Saipan
Lt. Justin Miller, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Saipan, takes a selfie with assembled guests at a ceremony to formally establish MSU Saipan in Garapan at the American Memorial Park on April 5, 2024. This significant achievement marks a milestone in leadership evolution and responsibility expansion within the U.S. Coast Guard, reflecting steadfast commitment to serving the people of Saipan and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) with unparalleled dedication and excellence. The change is part of an initiative to provide junior officers with increased command opportunities, fostering professional growth and leadership development within the ranks. Eighteen marine safety detachments are converting to marine safety units. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Justin Miller)
April 8, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard officially established Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Saipan in a ceremony in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, on April 5, 2024...