Improving Close Air Support: An Army-Air Force Collaborative Approach

By David S. Chadsey, Jason Feuring and Clement W. Rittenhouse

About the Authors

Lieutenant Colonel David S. Chadsey is Commander, 66th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV. The 66 WPS executes the USAF Weapons School's A-10 and JTAC Weapons Instructor Courses, with the mission to build critically-thinking joint-minded Weapons Officers to lead integration in joint air-ground operations. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2000, receiving a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and holds Master's Degrees in Military Arts and Science from CGSC, and in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. Lt Col Chadsey is a Command Pilot with more than 2,500 hours in the A-10A and A-10C. He has served as an A-10 Instructor Pilot, Forward Air Controller, Weapons Officer, Weapons School Chief of Integration, and has three tours in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM with over 500 combat hours.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Feuring is Commander, 6th Combat Training Squadron, where he directs a diverse organization of over 60 personnel.  The 6 CTS carries on the mission of the Air Ground Operations School (AGOS), which is the longest continuously operating school in the USAF, providing premier joint fires instruction to over 2500 joint and coalition students a year across six formal syllabi. He was commissioned in 2001 as a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a degree in chemistry.  He has served as an A-10 instructor pilot, weapons officer, forward air controller, ALO, and an instructor at the USAF Weapons School. Lt Col Feuring is a senior pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the A-10A and A-10C.  He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and has served five tours in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN, and OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR.  He has nearly 900 combat hours in support of our friendly ground forces.

Clement W. (Bill) Rittenhouse has more than 40 years of government service both in uniform and as a career civil servant.  He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in history and political science.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned a lieutenant of Field Artillery in the United States Army. Prior to coming to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he served as chief of concepts in the Directorate of Combat Developments at Fort Sill, OK.  He is currently serving as Chief, Joint Interdependency Coordination division within the Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA.