ANASOC SOE Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATAC) Trainer/Mentor-ASSF in Kabul at PAE

Date Posted: 11/9/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Kabul
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/9/2019

Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

ANASOC SOE Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATAC) Trainer/Mentor-ASSF

Duty Description:

The ANASOC SOE ATAC Trainer/Mentor will Train, Advise, Assist, and Mentor (TAAM) the ANASOC SOE in developing air coordination and delivery capability and capacity in order to support Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) mission sets utilizing internal (Afghan) assets; incorporate the Afghan ATAC means and methods of air coordination and delivery; Air-Ground Integration (AGI); Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); collateral damage and civilian casualty (CIVCAS) mitigation measures; as directed and required, incorporate the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) ATAC candidates into SOE training; the importance of utilizing Afghan air assets to resupply the force through the use of C208 “bundle” drops; develop and implement effective SOE training and time management in support of the ANASOC Corps; the inclusion of ATAC training classes incorporated onto the SOE “horse blanket”/training calendar to promote awareness; implement an effective ATAC Instructor-Trainer Certification (ITC) course; conduct periodic reviews of the SOE training calendar in order to adjust/update as required to meet training requirements and mission sets; coordinate and deconflict training resources; and the Afghan orders process (cipher). Work in concert and coordinate with the PAE Afghan Air Targeting Officer Course (AATOC) Trainer/Mentor to synchronize ATAC-AATOC efforts and activities. Be prepared to temporarily fill in for PAE SOE Trainer/Mentors as skillsets and background allows. Synchronize Trainer/Mentor TAAM efforts and actions with military mentor/ Requirements Owner (RO) Lines of Efforts (LOE) and ASSF goals and objectives. Develop Programs of Instruction (POI) in support of ANASOC SOE in order to build ANASOC Corps and subordinate organization capacity and capability; ensure standardization of ATAC coordination and delivery due to non-Commando/Army Special Operations utilizing air assets. The ANASOC SOE ATAC Trainer/Mentor will be prepared to provide Trainer/Mentor support to the CSMC, Specialty Training, Mobile Training Teams (MTT), the Commando Qualification Course (CDOQC), and the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), as required and directed.

Provide reporting and documentation requirements to the ANASOC SOE Lead, as directed.

Required Hours:
Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Standard will be to conduct training sixty hours (60) per week while OCONUS.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • TAAM the ANASOC SOE in developing air coordination and delivery capability and capacity in order to support Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) mission sets utilizing internal (Afghan) assets.
  • Incorporate and utilize the Afghan ATAC means and methods of air coordination and delivery, as opposed to the “western” view.
  • As directed and required, incorporate the GCPSU ATAC candidates into SOE training.
  • Emphasize the importance of utilizing Afghan air assets to resupply the force through the use of C208 “bundle” drops.
  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of AGI, employment of ISR assets, and CIVCAS and collateral damage mitigation measures.
  • Develop and implement effective SOE training and time management in support of the ANASOC Corps; the inclusion of ATAC training classes incorporated onto the SOE “horse blanket”/training calendar to promote awareness; implement an effective ATAC ITC course; conduct periodic reviews of the SOE training calendar in order to adjust/update as required to meet training requirements and mission sets; and coordinate and deconflict training resources.
  • Ensure Afghan counterparts have an understanding and utilize the Afghan orders process (cipher).
  • Work in concert and coordinate with the PAE AATOC Trainer/Mentor to synchronize ATAC-AATOC efforts and activities.
  • Be prepared to temporarily fill in for PAE SOE Trainer/Mentors as skillsets and background allows.
  • Synchronize Trainer/Mentor TAAM efforts and actions with military mentor/RO LOEs and ASSF goals and objectives.
  • Develop POIs in support of ANASOC SOE in order to build ANASOC Corps and subordinate organization capacity and capability; ensure ATAC POI remains standardized due to non-Army Commando organizations utilizing (Afghan) air assets.
  • The ANASOC SOE ATAC Trainer/Mentor will be prepared to provide Trainer/Mentor support to the CSMC, Specialty Training, MTTs, the CDOQC, and the SFQC, as required and directed.
  • Provide reporting and documentation requirements to the ANASOC SOE Lead, as directed.
  • Must build and maintain positive relations and rapport with teammates, the client (US, NATO, and Troop Contributing Nation military forces), and Afghan counterparts.
  • Understand the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) and capable of relating MDMP to the Afghan cipher process.
  • Able to work and live in austere and hostile environments in Afghanistan, and understanding of the possibility to be further assigned to any location in Afghanistan, as allowed by the contract. 
  • Willing and able to travel outside of protected areas via military convoys or MILAIR, and wear protective clothing and equipment, as required. Force protection will be provided by authorized sources.   
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. 
  • Must comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders.
  • Understand the Theater ROE (Rules of Engagement). 
  • Additional duties, responsibilities, and requirements as identified by program management.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Former Senior NCO, WO or Officer with not less than three (3) years of experience as a Special Operations Tactical Air Controller (SOTAC), Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) or Terminal Air Control Party (TACP). 
  • Shall possess SOTAC, JTAC, or TACP certification.
  • Combat experience required, with not less than one (1) year of experience in Special Operations.
  • Shall be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Able to pass CENTCOM medical, dental, and other CRC-related deployment requirements from CRC at Ft. Bliss, TX.    
  • Must continue to maintain CENTCOM Mod 13 and other deployment-related requirements for the Afghanistan theater of operations.     
  • Able to receive and maintain a current/active Afghanistan visa. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance. 

    Desired Qualifications: 

  • OCONUS experience in Afghanistan or Iraq working with Partnered Nation Security Forces as an advisor.
  • Previous experience working with coalition forces, NATO, or other Troop Contributing Nations.
  • Familiarization with the Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) structure/organization and mission sets.
  • Understanding of the NATO, Operation Freedom Sentinel, and Resolute Support structures and missions.


Physical Requirements/Working Environment:

  • Include but are not limited to the wear of body armor and helmet Personal Protective Gear, unassisted lifting and carrying of duffle bags not exceed the weight of 70 lbs. per piece, and the unassisted movement over uneven terrain.
  • Must be willing to work and live in Afghanistan with an understanding that there could be further assignments to any location in Afghanistan based upon the needs of the U.S. Government, to include hostile and austere areas.
  • Must be able to attend and pass USG deployment requirements at CONUS Replacement Center (CRC), Fort Bliss, Texas or equivalent location.
  • Must meet the medical requirements for the position being offered as determined by a pre-employment medical screening and in accordance with published CRC and USCENTCOM medical deployment standards.
  • Must be able to walk or stand on level and/or inclined surfaces up to eight (8) hours per day and sit for up to three (3) hours per day.
  • Must be able to routinely climb / descend stairs.
  • Must be able to routinely grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbows / knees, and reach above / below shoulders.
  • Must be able to read and interpret newspaper and typewritten print.
  • Must be able to communicate by voice and detect sound by ear.
  • Employee will be required to work and live in a potentially hostile environment, at remote locations, and under austere conditions.
  • May be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, under extreme weather conditions, within a hostile environment.
  • May be exposed to extreme noise from aircraft, hostile fire, and other acts of aggression associated with this region.
  • Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied.
  • Refrain from using alcohol/illegal and non-prescription substances—abide by CENTCOM’s General Order #1.


Security Clearance: An active DoD Secret Security clearance is required in order to handle classified material and to work in a controlled area on a daily basis in support of the client.

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