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Air Operations, Assault Zone and Exercise Planner

Fayetteville, NC, USA

Job Type

Full Time Professional

About the Role

The Air Operations, Assault Zone (AZ) and Exercise Planner SME is responsible for assisting in the planning, development, coordination, and execution of Joint Chief of Staff (JCS), USSOCOM, Command and other-directed exercises.


Duties and responsibilities of this position:

  • Assist with conducting Special Tactics duties for all air-to-ground related support and analysis of operational requirements.

  • Conduct AZ surveys and perform Drop Zone Controller (DZC) and Landing Zone Controller (LZC) duties in accordance with DAFMAN 13-217. AZ surveys will consist of performing worldwide site surveys to assess assault zones for fixed-wing landing, airdrop, and helicopter operations to include prep of final survey products and forms in support of all air operations and exercises.

  • Recommend potential assault zones and conduct comprehensive inspections to ensure surface conditions and surrounding airspace meet the requirements for safe operations.

  • Evaluate Android Tactical Assessment Kit (ATAK) survey plugins for operational use.

  • Assist with performing enroute and terminal air traffic control services (ATC) for military and civilian aircraft in suppo11 of all air operation missions, exercises, and special mission aircraft programs.

  • Employ visual flight rules and limited instrument flight rules for traffic pattern de-confliction, landing clearance, taxi, marshalling, parking, and take-off services in the terminal areas surrounding established and unimproved airfields, drop zones and helicopter landing zones in accordance with all applicable regulations and instructions.

  • Communicate information to the pilots to ensure safe operation and expeditious execution of operations.

  • Coordinate with various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agencies and facilities to ensure the safe, expeditious flow of aircraft.

  • Review mission requirements to determine tactical ATC personnel support requirements.

  • Possess and maintain any FAA required certifications and annual FAA Medical Physicals to remain current.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


  • 5+ years of working as an air operations and exercise planner.

  • Surveyor and Landing Zone Controller certifications as defined in DAFMAN 13-217 and maintain a current FAA annual medical physical.

  • Familiar with and able to utilize android and Microsoft Office software to include but not limited to Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

About the Company

Tough Stump Technologies is a Veteran Owned Small Business that fuses the latest remote sensing technology with over 150 years of combined experience in small unit tactics, SUAS operations and air-to-ground integration, combined with the highest standards of integrity and performance.

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