Official definition of the United States Department of the term forward aviation combat engineering .
forward aviation combat engineering
A mobility operation in which engineers perform tasks in support of forward aviation ground facilities. Tasks include reconnaissance; construction of low altitude parachute extraction zones, landing strips, and airstrips; and providing berms, revetments, and trenches for forward arming and refueling points. See also combat engineering; reconnaissance. (JP 3-34) (US DoD)