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Published on Dec 29, 2010
I hoped a ride in an OV-10 Bronco while stationed at Osan Air Base Korea in 1982. We flew to Nightmare Range just 15 miles from the DMZ. I had one of those bulky legacy VHS recorders which was quite awkward to work with in the cockpit. The OV-10 was employed as an airborne forward air control (FAC) aircraft to help direct fighters drop their bombs in support of troops on the ground. With the advent of JDAMS and precision munitions the method by which fighters work with FACs is much different nowadays. We didn't actually get to work with any fighters and I can't remember why.
Nightmare Range is located north of the 38th parallel in the Tonduchon (also written Tong Du Chon) area south of the Imjin River. The facility is also known as Seung-Jin and is a jointly operated facility with the Republic of Korea.
When units were not on the DMZ, they trained at places like Nightmare Range. During deployments to training areas like Pilsung, Nightmare and Koon-ni Ranges for live-fire close air support training, enlisted terminal attack controllers, or ETACs, controlled missions sent to them by the Air Support Operations Center. ETACs directed the air support for Army units in combat and field training exercises.