U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS – Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) Cpl. Christopher Gotch is an Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System operator, responsible for overseeing a network of computers that process and exchange information from the forward observer to the fire support element for all fire support assets (field artillery, mortars, naval gunfire, attack helicopters and close air support).

“Artillery plays a big role in winning battles,” said Gotch. “I deal with any fires-related issues involving our supported units and advise on the capabilities and use of artillery for various scenarios.”

In February 2018, Gotch had the opportunity to participate in a fires seminar with Jordanian Armed Forces in Amman, Jordan.

“I was part of a team that met with Jordanian officers to discuss the U.S. Marine Corps’ method of providing fire support,” said Gotch. “I helped facilitate discussions about our tactics and learned about our partner’s methods of conducting fire support.”