HomeNewsArticle Display

Army GLO connects ground intent to air action

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hartranft, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron ground liaison officer, stands in front of the 9th EBS T-Wall at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 6, 2019. The GLO translates the ground units’ intent into action in the air, also known as green to blue. All GLOs within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility are supplied by the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment which is a unit under U.S. Army Central. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hartranft, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron ground liaison officer, stands in front of the 9th EBS T-Wall at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 6, 2019. The GLO translates the ground units’ intent into action in the air, also known as green to blue. All GLOs within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility are supplied by the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment which is a U.S. Army Central Command unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) -- Communication between the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard is similar to trying to understand a different language because each service uses different lingo and acronyms in their daily operations.

The U.S. Air Forces Central Command hosts a specialized Soldier from the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment known as a ground liaison officer. The GLO translates the ground units’ intent into action in the air. This translation between Army and Air Force is also known as green to blue, and is used to achieve the ground commander's mission objectives.

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hartranft, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron GLO, fills this key role within the AFCENT mission. His job is to translate green to blue and blue to green between ground commanders and the combined forces air component commander; integrating and synchronizing air and ground operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

“The 9th is a 24/7 operation that spans a 20-nation AOR,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Lord, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. “We are launching sorties throughout the day and we will have flown hundreds of combat sorties before we head back home.”

Hartranft’s work schedule is based on supporting the squadron’s close air support mission and the only bomb squadron to touch both Operation Resolute Support and Operation Inherent Resolve.

“My day to day is anything but predictable because I can be called in at any time of the day,” Hartranft said. “Prior to the mission I’m contacting the ground units down range to get the products I need to translate and hand them off to the pilots.”

Working that schedule daily can be daunting for almost anyone. However, Hartranft has had his fair share of unique schedules through his previous five deployments.

“I’ve been deployed three times to Iraq and two times to Afghanistan and was part of the initial push into Iraq,” Hartranft said. “It’s good to see it on this side of things. It’s nice to be a part of the pre-execution side and seeing it all put together.”

GLOs are deployed from the various BCDs across the globe, assisting selected operational functions as the senior liaison between army forward commander and the air component commander.

“The 4th BCD is responsible for supplying all GLOs within the CENTCOM AOR,” said Army Maj. Nathan Gunter, 4th BCD GLO manager forward. “We work with the 5th and 19th BCDs to ensure CAS squadrons have the support they need.”

That support takes a variety of forms.

“Hartranft will reach out, knowing what we plan to do and who we plan to support, gather that data and merge it with our unit so we are all on the same sheet of music,” Lord said.

Hartranft is also one of the few GLO’s who is deployed with the squadron to which he is assigned. Being deployed with his squadron brings a multitude of benefits for not only Hartranft, but also the pilots.

“We always have a GLO that works with the bomb squadron and in my four (U.S. Central Command) deployments, this is the first time the squadron assigned GLO was able to deploy with them,” Lord said. “I’ve been able to see the benefit of not only the work relationship but the personal relationship with the members of our bomb squadron. So in terms of my experience, this one has been the best because he really knows his squadron.”

Lord said Hartranft has touched every single sortie the 9th EBS has flown and they are a better joint team because of his expertise.

“Being attached to the 9th EBS has been phenomenal,” Hartranft said. “This is the best job I’ve ever had and I would do this for the rest of my life if I could.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Ever heard of the rule of 0-0-1-3? No. Well it means to have zero alcohol if you're underage, zero drinks if you're… https://t.co/7bNRnhYuWS
RT @HQ_AFMC: #Readiness was on display by our @AFResearchLab teams during a live-virtual-constructive training simulation, enabling #Airmen
RT @AFWERX: We can't wait for 2020: The @USAirForce Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is slated for July 8-9 in Salt Lake City & will bring t…
RT @AirNatlGuard: “The Silver Flag training sites provide our Airmen with real-world scenarios to reinforce our Air Force Specialty Code sk…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Watch a @usairforce KC-10A refuel, and be refueled during same mission in support of @CJTFOIR. #Togetherwdeliver #NKAWTG #…
RT @AETCommand: Transforming the way we learn with technology is one of our key priorities here in the First Command! Check out the photos…
RT @AirNatlGuard: This week, @ChiefNGB visited the @PRNationalGuard at Muñiz Air National Guard Base to meet with senior leaders and discus…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: YOU are the most important reason for our mission success. Take care of each other & preserve the connections & commun…
RT @AirmanMagazine: When it comes to acquisitions, the @usairforce has the need for speed. Equipping Airmen with the best technology start…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: A distinct privilege to help unveil the F-117 exhibit, establishing this remarkable aircraft in its rightful place in…
RT @AirNatlGuard: “For me personally, the CAP and Air Guard go hand in hand. When I look back at any state active duty or state support we…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Honored to participate on a panel with my fellow Service Chiefs at the @ReaganInstitute. May our leaders of today & th…
It was just a childhood dream but it crescendoed into this #Airman becoming the only woman in the #AirForce to both… https://t.co/vzGjPe7Vri
RT @USAFReserve: Loadmaster first Reservist to complete USAF Weapons School Advanced Instructor Course (Story by the @403rdWing) #ReserveRe
.@secafoffical will speak about America’s footprint in space going forward at 5:45 EST. Watch live at https://t.co/aSlw5ceGJj
RT @DeptofDefense: LIVE: @EsperDoD delivers keynote remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum. #RNDF https://t.co/ZXhuaTOQTm
Today, we help Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, combat veteran and American legend, celebrate 💯 sorties aroun… https://t.co/bcmcDr4IYW
December 7, 1941. #PearlHarbor and six other #military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu were attacked, beginnin… https://t.co/4GvB8yPpGV
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Take a look at @usairforce Airmen assigned to the @109thAW using their ski-equipped C-130s to deliver supplies to the Arct…