In March 1997, I flew Hunter Air missions supporting ground forces during the Hunter-Warrior advanced warfighting experiment at the Marine Corps AirGround Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. This was the first time any Marine or Navy units employed Hunter (formerly Jaeger) Air concepts during an operational exercise. Despite the limited nature of the experiment, I am excited by the potential capability of this concept.
The possibility of getting carrier tactical aviation more involved in supporting troops ashore most recently was out lined by Vice Admiral Robert Spane, then Commander Naval Air Force Pacific, in a December 1995 report, "An Operational Examination of Seabased Aerial Fire Support For Troops Engaged." This proposed a new mission involving different training procedures and employment concepts for air crews operating from aircraft carriers in close concert with ground forces in a nonlinear battle field. (See also "Hunter From the Sea" Proceedings, December 1995. pages 31-33.).