Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Flags for Fallen


Welcome to Flags for Fallen Military. It is our goal to honor those soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep freedom alive for you and for me. It is with a humble heart that we honor these men and women by placing a flag in their honor so that we all will be reminded of the sacrifice they have made to keep this country free. They have fought and died with honor keeping America and Canada the example of freedom throughout the world.

Please join me in honoring these brave men and women. Please
complete the volunteer and ethic forms below and faxed them back to the attention of: David Larson at 888-616-3420.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dept of Homeland Security Positions

Please post the below link on the blog. More positions being advertised. Several locations across the country.

Harvey "PT" Perriott
Protective Security Advisor
North Texas District

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Air Commando saves lives in Afghanistan

Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commando saved lives in Afghanistan April 6 during a lengthy battle by calling in air strikes to protect his team.

Staff Sgt. Zachary J. Rhyner, 22, a special tactics Combat Controller assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as the primary joint terminal attack controller while attached to special forces team Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, 3rd Special Forces Group.

Click link for article:

Wayne Norrad

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays from the 720th STG

Special Tactics family-

Happy Holidays from the 720th STG. Thank you and your families for all that you are doing.

As I write this, yet another year has passed w/ our Nation at war and many of you deployed w/ no near term relief in sight. In fact, as we may draw down in some places, we will most likely fill the gaps and seams in other places around the world. You have done nothing less than an amazing and magnificent job and I know that will be the case as we go forward. I ask for your continued patience and support, as you have heard many times over, this is a marathon as opposed to a sprint.

Each and every one of you and your family members are important, so please take the best of care over the holidays, be careful and come back to us safely. We need absolutely each and every one of you. As you already know, "one" person makes a difference in our business.

For those of us that can take a little time-off and purge -- please do so and enjoy and relish every minute... you earned it. But never forget why we are here and as you read this -- that we have men and women diligently serving down range protecting our freedoms and our way of life. They (you) serve quietly and faithfully as their families sacrifice back here.

Bottom line -- thanks for all you do and for a great year. You are most appreciated. HooYah and all my best-



Commander, 720 STG

Congratulations Mr. Steinbeck

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Mr Mike Steinbeck has been selected as one of the Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Division of the National Defense Industrial Association 2008 Achievement Award recipients. He is one of 7 award winners and will be recognized in February at the annual awards banquet. This award is a reflection of Mr Steinbeck's extensive military career and his continued dedication to the SOF mission as an instructor here in our squadron. Please congratulate Mr Steinbeck and thank him for his service.

Additionally, our Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen Norton Schwarz, will be recognized with the Rylander award and one of our recent graduates SSgt Ray Gutierrez will be recognized with an achievement award as well.

Our success here in the squadron and in the Air Force never ceases to amaze me, thank you for all that you do.

Have a Happy Holidays

Chris "LN" Larkin


Special Tactics Training Squadron
Hurlburt Field Fl

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ron Holder Passed Away

Ron Holder, CCA LM-129

Died on 14 December, 2008; after a battle with cancer.

Former Marine

Member of the starting class of Combat Control School at Sewart AFB, TN (65-1)
Was an instructor at Combat Control School when it was at Little Rock AFB, AR.
Stationed at Lockborne, Little Rock and I think Sewart. Also was on the Viet Nam team.
Don’t quote me but I think he retired as a TSgt. May have made Master; I don’t remember so well anymore. I’ve attached the same picture I sent out before but this one has been cleaned up a little by “JC” Cummings.


Merry Christmas from Your CCA

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Department of Homeland Security Positions

The Department of Homeland Security has some positions that just opened up yesterday.

The below link will take you to the USAJOBS website. Announcement closes December 17th so there’s not a lot of time. 10 different locations. WY, ID, MT, ND, SD, NH, DE, VT, RI, ME.

Harvey "PT" Perriott
Protective Security Advisor
North Texas District

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Combat controller's actions epitomize the ethos of special tactics

War Story: Combat controller's actions epitomize the ethos of special tactics

by Master Sgt. Dennis Brewer
352nd Special Operations Group

12/2/2008 - RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez, Jr., an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall, deployed to Afghanistan in early January 2008.

During one of many missions, Sergeant Gutierrez was on patrol searching for a high-value target when his Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha team was ambushed.

Traveling along a mountain road, his team's convoy took insurgent fire from the right of their position as they neared a bridge -- across from the compound they were to search.

Click E link for the rest of this article:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

24 STS Founder's Day March 13-14, 2009

E link for the 24 STS Founder's Day information site.

Vinnie Venturella

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Special Tactics Training Squadron Positions

Special Tactics Training Squadron Positions

The Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS) will be filling Training Instructor positions within the very near future. The STTS is looking for Combat Control experience and these will be General Service (GS) positions.

If you are interested, click on this link:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Message From Col Thompson

Before we depart for Thanksgiving - I wanted to simply say "thanks."

Thanks for all you and your squadrons are doing. You are truly making an impact and a difference - quietly and steadily... a real difference.

As I reflect on all your accomplishments, I am most impressed and amazed... and you do it w/ less and less each time tasked.

I also know all your success and accomplishments do not come w/o a price. It is a whole lot of hard work, long hours and time away from family. I assure you -- you and your family's sacrifice are greatly appreciated and never forgotten.

So thanks for all you do and for all that you will be asked to do as we go forward. Make no mistake - there is no near term end in sight wrt deployments and there will continue to be tough times and challenges ahead. But together and in true SOF fashion - there is nothing we cannot do if we put our heads together and continue w/ can-do spirit and working as a team.

Please push this out to your units and all outlying areas. I want to make sure they all know how much they are appreciated.



Commander, 720 STG

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dunwoody becomes first female four-star general

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it breaking the brass ceiling. Ann E. Dunwoody, after 33 years in the Army, ascended Friday to a peak never before reached by a woman in the U.S. military: four-star general.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2008 Combat Control Association Reunion

This year’s reunion appeared to be enjoyed by all who were able to make it. There was a Special Tactics Training Squadron Training and Capabilities brief, a BBQ, a Golf Tournament, some Poker, a Memorial, the Business Meeting, and the Banquet. The Hospitality Room and Country Store were up and running. I’ll get a few more details out about these events and highlights in the Jan 09 CCA Newsletter.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pope CCS Instructor Position Advertisement

Please forward the information below to any potential applicants interested
in the CCT Instructor position at Pope? This is time sensitive,
as the ad will close on 11 Nov.

The Position Advertisement was made active this afternoon. The
announcement (noted below) will close 11 Nov. Use the following steps to

1. Use this link;

2. At the home page, place this info in the "What" block; 214047

3. Click the "Search" Button and the Pope Instructor position will
Appear on Page 1 (Last Ad), click the position link to apply for the

4. Remember to upload DD214 - Copy #4, Transcripts (Associates Degree or
higher required), Resume, VA30% DV Certification (if applic).

5. Following completion of their applications, recommend that all
applicants forward me copies of the attachments listed above --- which will
enable us to cross check the AFPC referral listing for completeness.

We should have the referral listing NLT 14 Nov, from which we'll begin to
make our selection.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Reunion Photo Request

The Combat Control Reunion was a great get together this year of both active duty and retired CCT. If you weren’t there you missed a good opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. If anyone has pictures from the Memorial Service held on 1 Nov 08 at the Hurlburt Field Air Park could you please send them to me. For that matter any pictures that are suitable for inclusion in the Jan 09 Newsletter will be appreciated. I took quite a few, but I know there were a lot of memorable photos taken and I will use them in the next CCA newsletter.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Opposing Forces (OPFOR) Technician

CCT Services, LLC is recruiting for potential positions at Cannon AFB, NM for an OPFOR technician. The company will be bidding on the Federal Contract in the near future and is looking for highly motivated individuals to fill the positions.
Desired qualifications:
Prior USAF Special Tactics (CCT or PJ) or SERE Instructor, USA Special Forces or Ranger, USMC Recon, USN SEAL or UDT. Special Operations tactical ground operations (ground-pounder) background. Experience with various US and foreign military weapons.
Required qualifications:
Ability to cooperate with other personnel in a high-tempo environment, in adverse weather and close quarters. Experience in outdoor tactical operations in all weather conditions. Ability to evaluate tactical situations and make quick changes to enhance the training environment. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Prior military weapons and munitions qualified. Possession of a valid state driver’s license. Good radio communications discipline.
Most Important:
Anticipated pay: $55,000 to $65,000 DOE. Benefits included.
Send your resume to:
Visit our website at <>

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Looking to hire Combat Controllers

I two have openings for former CCT member in the Fayetteville NC area working for a major corporation. Full time job, excellent salary, full benefits and a bonus program at the end of the year. I am looking for people with field experience who know there way around, Special Ops, Army, Navy and can work with FEMA. The main thing is know how the different services operate in the field so he can help solve problems. If the CCT'er is right it doesn't matter if he's old or young just that he is willing to work and be a self starter. Again, it is working with a company that has been in business more then 30 years, full benefits, and an opportunity for a excellent second career and a very good starting salary with bonus.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated. I can be contacted at 480 510 7779 or

Jack Hughes
LM 118

Friday, October 3, 2008

STS Combat Controller needed

I'm looking for a retired STS guy that preferably already lives in Tampa.
The job is here in the Lessons Learned Branch as a contractor. (may convert to civilian at some point) Needs to be willing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan for up to 180 days a year, and the salary will be prorated for those period of times. Normal amount of TDY is probably 110 days.
Duties are simple. Collect observations, insights and lessons from a wide range of sources through interviews, surveys or observation and facilitating those into DOTMLPF resolution.
I'm not going to lie to won't get your adrenaline pumping like the old days...but it does keep you in touch with what's going on, and with any luck you may just save someone's life because of the information you collected!
Let me know if anyone is interested. I need resumes ASAP.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Moseley Technical Services, Inc.

Description We are currently seeking former USAF military personnel, who meet the qualifications listed below for an immediate Combat Controller requirement. These positions, located at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, are direct hire full time positions with an excellent benefit package and competitive compensation. Requirements. Employer will consider Contract Candidates as well.

To qualify, candidates must have:
· At least 4 years experience performing of Assault Zone/Drop Zone duties

· Completed a Department of Defense or Department of Transportation basic ATC course

· Prior or current Air Traffic Control certification

· Working knowledge of the organizational interface of military, local, state and federal agencies as applicable to Assault Zone/Drop Zone/Helicopter Landing Zone operations

· Experience with military command and control structures

· Excellent land navigation/map and compass skills

· Ability to conduct ALZ usability assessments, ALZ/DZ scoring procedures, DZ surveys, weather observations and marshal aircraft

· Valid civilian driver’s license and ability hold a valid military driver’s license

Company offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; prescription drug benefit; matching 401(k); 10 paid holidays; paid vacation; sick leave; short- and long-term disability; and AD&D.

Tom Avery(US Army, 1SG Retired, 67-90)
SR Technical Recruiter
Moseley Technical Services, Inc.
256-880-0446 x309
1-800-897-7249 x309 Toll Free
256-880-0936 Fax

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Combat Controller Opportunities

Akima Facilities Management is seeking Combat Controllers for our Cannon AFB contract. If you are interested or know someone that maybe please contact me at


Andre Barnes
Human Resources Representative
Akima Management Services
13777 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28277
Office 704-714-6470
Fax 704-714-4502

1st Annual CCA Reunion Texas Hold'em Charity Tournament

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Osprey Takes First Rescue Flight in Ike

The CV-22 Osprey got its first encounter with a massive storm on Sept. 11 when it joined several other Air Force planes in an effort to rescue crewmen from a freighter ship in the path of the Hurricane Ike in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the end, all the aircraft had to turn back and the ship's crew rode out the storm, said Lt. Col. Stephanie A. Holcombe, director of public affairs for Air Force Special Operations Command.

Two Ospreys, along with an MH-53 Pave Low, an MC-130W and an MC-130 P were ordered to the mission around 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 after getting the report earlier about the stranded oil freighter named Antalina. The mission was launched after the Coast Guard requested Air Force help with the rescue, Holcombe said.

The ship was reported to be floating without power about 12 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. However, the ship in fact did have power, according to Holcombe. The Air Force planes carried four rescue crews made up of three pararescuemen and a combat controller.

But as the Ospreys encountered winds in excess of 100 miles an hour they had to turn back. Those same winds prevented the Coast Guard from extending its rescue hoists from their own HH-60 helicopters, according to reports, prompting them to ask the Air Force for help.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Geisige bike ride two

A few of us rode up over labor day weekend to visit a former unit member and then pass on by to still let Chad Geisige know that we haven't forgotten him by letting him hear some bikes rev up and spend a little time telling tall tales to get him uncontrollably laughing.
It is so good to see that he still has those memories of good times w/ his brothers to recall when we stop by.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Job Opp

If you know anyone with these skills would you ask them to send their resumes to Vic Tucker at

He needs folks with ground combat skills (Army Rangers/Green Berets; Navy SEALS; Air Force EOD/Special Tactics/Combat Air Controllers). If you know of anyone that has these particular talents, or knows how to find them......

Need them by 5 September, if possible.

Thank you
Victor L. Tucker
Northrop Grumman Technical Services
Manager, Air Operations and Training Support
Phone: 850-315-2237
Cell: 850-685-3643

Monday, August 11, 2008

Supplemental Promotions

Please add to the blog the supplemental promotions of:

MSgt Calvin Markham to SMSgt 21 STS Pope AFB NC
TSgt Troy Bowers to MSgt 24 STS Pope AFB NC
SSgt Jason Copeland to TSgt 24 STS Pope AFB NC


Volunteers Needed for Warrior Foundation Golf Tournament

The Combat Control Association is putting on a charity golf tournament for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club on 21 November 2008. We need at least 36 volunteers the day of the tournament to ensure the success of this event. This will be an all-day affair for volunteers and food and drinks will be provided. Duties will include manning the registration tables; directing players to their carts; selling raffle tickets, drawing, and posting winning numbers; selling mulligans; handing out player goodie bags and lunches; placing hole sponsor signs, filling and refilling refreshment coolers; manning refreshment points at the par 3s on the course; verifying shots and handing out playing cards on the par 3s; event tear down and cleanup; various other details that will need attention. Volunteers are not limited to CCA members. Anyone who wants to support this worthy cause is more than welcome to volunteer their valuable time. Additionally, we could use some volunteers in the near future to distribute sponsor packages to local businesses soliciting their support. POC is Charlie Rapp,

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

720 STG Lance P. Sijan nominees

On behalf of the 720th Special Tactics Group Commander please congratulate the following people who are the Lance P. Sijan Award winners at the STG level:

NCO: TSgt Erin Bowser (24 STS)
SNCO: MSgt Anthony Baldwin (STTS)
CGO: Capt Daniel Magruder (720th OSS)
FGO: Maj J. Parks Hughes (24 STS)

Best of luck at the next level, HOOYAH Team!

NW Loop Ride After Action Report

Hey Ronbo,
hope all is well and your not getting hit with a hurricane.
Life in the NW is absolutely awesome! This is the time of year that makes up for the 8 months of rain,snow, and hail. Anyhow, just wanted to put a blurb out about our ride last month.

I am proud to say that we were able to generate over 2k dollars for the Special Operation Warrior Foundation through Dave Smiths web page and selling of T-shirts for our 2nd Annual Northwest Loop Ride. We had 14 riders show up from Portland Fire Department and retirees from the McChord area. We knew that the weekend was going to be good but all of our expectations were greatly underestimated. The weather, road, and scenery were incredible. Best of all were the stories that came out every night at the end of the day. Not a single night went by that didn't end up with laughing to tears and wet pants. Of course we are all a little older and bladder control may be part of the issue but only a small part. People were very happy to buy our shirts and help the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Next year we are going to be bigger and better by inviting VFW's in the area and hopefully the McChord team will be off the rotation and be able to participate. Hope more of you will be able to accept the invitation for next years ride.

For you that bought T-shirts do not worry I will get a CD out to you very soon with all the pictures.

Take care,

Friday, August 1, 2008

Message from Col Brad Thompson

A message from Col Brad Thompson, 720 STG/CC, follows: Start Quote

Special Tactics family-

Late Thursday 31 July – we were notified that SSgt Shaun Meadows of the 22 STS team was wounded in action when the HMMWV he was riding in as rear gunner was struck by an IED. Sadly, his wounds include the amputation of both legs – one just below the knee and the other above the knee. He is receiving superior care and is being evacuated to Lahnstul, GE where fortunately, his spouse Nicole – also an AF member – will be able to meet him there.

As expected – the entire ST community starting w/ his leadership and team have done an extraordinary job ensuring everything is in place for him and embracing his family during this arduous time.

In order to allow the 22 STS to work this -- please direct any questions/queries you may have to the Group/vault. We will keep you apprised of his situation.

Please keep he and Nicole in your thoughts and prayers. End quote.

Radio Request

The Combat Control School Association has an urgent need for two radio sets for permanent display at the Benini Heritage Center, Combat Control School, Pope AFB, NC.

THE FIRST IS THE AN/PRC-66, man-portable UHF Transceiver. The AN/PRC-66(V) (NSN 5820-00-116-4467) is a compact, lightweight, tactical UHF, solid state manpack radio set. This radio set was designed to provide a full range of tactical communications within the tactical UHF band of 225 to 399.95 MHz. Modulation is in the AM mode. This set was originally developed by Collins of Canada. Like many other manpacks, the PRC-66 can also be vehicular mounted by the use of a vehicle adapter mount, MT-4260/PRC-66B. Additionally, a 15 watt rf amplifier, 943B-3, is also available. Both, rechargeable or throwaway battery packs are employed. An additional option for the RT is a "Guard Band" module.

THE SECOND IS THE AN/PRC-74 - man-portable HF Radio set, Special Forces, 2-12 MHz, SSB, 15W (PEP), 10.5-17VDC, battery operated from 70 BA-30 (Battery Box CY-?) or 10 BB-418/U batteries (Battery Box CY-6121) or 2 ea BA-386 or BA-4386 (Battery boxes CY-6314 or CY-7733) or from PP-4514/PRC-74 supply with 12-31 VDC input or 110/220 VAC, replaced by AN/PRC-70, Hughes, TM 11-5820-590-12/35, Major components: RT-794 Receiver-Transmitter and AS-1887 Antenna

A few of these radio have been sold on EBay and some are available through surplus dealers. Individuals interested in donating these items and other CCT equipment are encouraged to ship the equipment - along with a DONATION LETTER - granting permanent ownership to the CCSA Heritage Center. Maintain a copy of the letter - showing equipment value - for income tax donation credit.


Combat Control School, Attention: Mr. Ron Brown, 1 Matero Drive, Pope AFB, NC 28308.

Call Ron Brown at 910 583-6323

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

CCA Request

Dear CCA Members,

The CCA has had an ambitious schedule this year supporting organizational monetary goals. The Board of Directors targeted retired Senior Officers and Senior NCO groups who stepped up and contributed over $6K. The “Friends of the CCA” contributed another $1K and a generous $1K corporate donation was received. Monies raised have gone directly to fund the establishment and maintenance of commemorative monuments and memorials at the new Combat Control School (CCS) campus. Specifically, $7,000 was contributed towards memorial stones. Additionally, funds were provided to support high visibility active duty recognition ceremonies and an official, but unfunded, military reception at the CCS Campus dedication. Unfortunately most of the donated funds have been depleted.

Annually, the CCA also funds recognition awards at CCS and Advanced Skills Training (AST) graduations. At the present time these awards are funded by a personal donation from a CCA Life Member. However, the CCA has a plan to upgrade the TSgt John Chapman Award from a wooden plaque to a statue in the likeness of John Chapman. This award is presented at each AST Graduation. We would gladly accept further donations to help pay the sculpture artist for the initial mold and the requirement to purchase a minimum of 25 statues.

Our Senior Officers and Senior NCOs stepped up and made a difference, now we invite the entire membership to take an active roll. No contribution is too small… each will be appreciated. Individually we can accomplish some things… collectively we can accomplish many things.

Donations can be made directly during the 2008 Reunion or mailed in advance to the Association (CCA, PO Box 432, Mary Esther, FL 32569-0432). The appointed fund raising POC for clarifications or information is Rick Crutchfield who can be reached at (850) 396-5189 or

Thank you for your anticipated support.


Wayne Norrad

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


It’s That Time Again!
Join us at the Combat Control Association’s 2008 Reunion!
There’s a Show & Tell, a BBQ, a Golf Tournament, some Poker, a Memorial, the Business Meeting, and the Banquet. And of course, the Hospitality Room and Country Store will be up and running. It all begins the 29th of October.

There is plenty of “socializing” time in the schedule so groups can get together to do something like lunch, dinner or a side-trip. It’s up to each group to plan and organize their own mini-event, but we’ll try to help as much as we can. Just tell us what the plan is and who your POC will be.

Special Tactics Training Display

The newly activated Special Tactics Training Squadron will host a display and briefings on ST equipment and techniques at the Crate Center. Come see the latest gadgets & toys being used by CCT/PJs/SOWT and tour the new STTS compound and facilities.

CCA Barbeque

After you’ve been impressed by the men and equipment at the STTS there will be a barbeque at the Hurlburt Picnic Area. It’s located on the south side of Hwy 98 across from the end of the Hurlburt runway. You don’t have to sign on the base to go to the barbeque. The hospitality suite and registration will be temporarily relocated to the picnic area during this event

The rest of Thursday is yours to socialize, shop, or just wander on the beach.

CCA Golf Tournament

The tournament kicks off bright and early Friday at the Gator Lakes Golf Course on Hurlburt. It will be a best-ball, four-man team event using a modified shot-gun start. The tournament will be followed by a buffet for the golfers at the course Club House.
Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

We’re trying to put together a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at the Ramada Inn on Friday evening. This is in honor of our fallen CCT brother, TSgt Will Jefferson. The tournament proceeds will go to the SOWF and the CCA Memorial and Social Funds. An entry fee will be established to play. A pay as you go bar will be available to purchase your favorite beverage.

If you’re not a golfer or poker player then Friday is yours. The hospitality suite will be open starting around noon. And there are plenty of things to see and do in the Ft Walton Beach/Destin/Pensacola area.

CCA Memorial

Saturday events start with the CCA Memorial at the Hurlburt Air Park at 1000. The featured speaker will be Col Bradley P. Thompson, Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group and CCA Life Member.

Annual Association Business Meeting

At 1300 on Saturday, the annual business meeting takes place at the Ramada. It is regular members only and the doors will shut at 1255. So get there early please.

CCA Banquet

You can begin checking in for the Reunion banquet at 1700 at the Ramada. There’s a pay-as-you-go cocktail hour starting at 1730 and the banquet will start promptly at 1830. It’s a buffet style meal again this year with a variety of items sure to meet everyone’s tastes. The highlight of this year’s banquet will be the induction of Major General Robert Patterson, USAF, Retired, as the fifth Honorary Life Member of the CCA.
Reunion Site

Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island
1500 Miracle Strip Parkway
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32548

To reserve a room for the reunion you must call the Ramada direct and make your own reservations. The phone numbers are:

800-874-8962 Toll-Free Registration
850-243-9161 Local (During business hrs)

We have group daily rates again this year. They are:

Standard $79 + tax
Courtyard $92 + tax
Pool Side $96 + tax
Beach Side $99 + tax

Tax rate is 11% (6% sales and 5% occupancy)

Indicate you are with the CCA group to get the preferred rate. It is important you reserve your room in this block so we get credit toward our agreement with the hotel.

To get the preferred rate your reservations must be made by October 1, 2008

Payment information from the Ramada:

All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card, which will be charged immediately. Individual reservations may be cancelled without penalty up to 72 hours prior to 4:00 pm on the date of arrival.
Payment at checkout can be made in the form of credit card, cash or travelers checks. Personal checks will not be accepted for final payment.


Fly into Ft Walton Beach or Pensacola, Airport. Pensacola often has the best price. It’s an hour or so drive to the hotel from Pensacola or 30 minutes from the Okaloosa Regional Airport. Rental cars are readily available at both.

If you aren’t active duty or a retiree you will need to be signed on the base at Hurlburt for the three reunion events being held there. Just let us know and we’ll make arrangements to get you on base.

Hospitality Suite Donations

As at previous reunions, donations will gladly be accepted before-hand or in the hospitality suite for the “Buy a Beverage for Your Comrades” fund that helps with the cost of the refreshments being served. We’ve even added a line on the registration form if you want to make an advance donation to this popular fund.

The Reunion Fee

There’s always some confusion about who pays the reunion fee and what it is used for. The fee applies to all (members, non-members, and their guests) who attend any of the reunion festivities. It is used to help cover the administrative costs of putting on the reunion, not to buy the refreshments. It’s not a donation. So, even if all you plan to do during the reunion is hang out at the hospitality suite or play in the golf tournament or poker tournament, you still have to stop at registration, sign up, and pay the fee.

Reunion Schedule
(Start times are still subject to change)

Wednesday – 29 October 2008 - Arrival Day
Registration 1200 – 1800
Hospitality Suite 1600 – 2200
Thursday – 30 October 2008
1000 – Special Tactics Display & Brief – CASTC
1300 – CCA Barbeque – Hurlburt Picnic Area
Cost: $15 per person

Registration 1000-1800
Hospitality Suite 1700 – 2200
Country Store 1600 – 2000

Friday – 31 October 2008
0800 – Golf Tournament – Gator Lakes Course
Cost: $50 per person (includes Buffet)
1700 – Poker Tournament – Ramada Inn

Registration 1200 – 2200
Hospitality Suite 1200 – 2200
Country Store 1200 – 2000

Saturday – 1 November 2008
1000 – CCT Memorial Service – Hurlburt Airpark
1300 – CCA Business Meeting – Ramada Inn
1700 – Banquet Check-In Starts
1730 – Cocktail hour – Ramada Inn
Pay as you go bar
1830 – CCA Banquet – Ramada Inn
Cost: $45 per person

Registration 0900 – 1200
Hospitality Suite 1500 – 1730 & After Banquet
Country Store 1200 – 1700 & After Banquet

Sunday - 2 November 2008 - Departure Day

Come celebrate another year of life with us! We’ll have good times, good food, and plenty of
“There I was!”

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Combat Control School Instructor

Department: Department Of The Air Force
Agency: Air Force Personnel Center
Job Announcement Number:AFPCDEO-199134-LWD

Training Instructor (Various)
Salary Range: 26,008.00 - 89,217.00 USD per year
Open Period: Friday, July 11, 2008to Friday, July 25, 2008
Series & Grade: GS-1712-05/14
Position Information: Full Time Multiple Appointment Types

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Pope AFB, NC

Job Summary:
The mission of the United States Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests -- to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace.

This announcement will be used to fill "GS" and "NSPS" positions. Please see below.

Pope AFB, NC 1 - Position, GS-1712-11, Combat Control.

Major Duties:
The basic purpose of a training instructor is to conduct classroom or laboratory instruction. Present course material that is technically accurate in accordance with approved lesson plans. Identifies and recommends training requirements and constructs lesson plans for personal development courses. Evaluates training and recommends modification of student performance instruments. Participate in special initiatives, studies, and projects. Develop and maintain a comprehensive collection of training materials (written training guides or pamphlets, graphic visual aids, training filers, video cassettes, sound recordings, multi media video training tapes, or curriculum materials).

NOTE: Various positions will be filled through this announcement for different training instructor specialty positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Please read below definitions of the specialized experience. Apllicants must demonstrate that they possess one year of specialized experience by the closing date of this announcement. Specialized experience must be directly related to the position being filled, experience is described as:
Combat/Control/Special Tactics Instructor – participates in course development and/or course modification. Plans, organizes, manages, and conducts effective classroom academic, progressive laboratory application, physical fitness, air traffic control, open water skills, proficiency parachuting, weapon, demolition instruction in conjunction with field exercises. Instruction takes place in outdoor/indoor training laboratories and will require demonstration and participation in a full range of operational employment and extraction techniques and combat agility skill-sets/requirements. Incumbent must be highly physically fit, prior training as a diver, static-line free-fall parachutist with jumpmaster qualifications/certifications. Position is located at Pope AFB, NC.

How To Apply:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following:
1. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and
2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, July 25, 2008 .

Vacancy Identification Number
The Vacancy Identification Number is: PA199134

1. Title of Job
Training Instructor (Various)

Contact Information:
AFPC DEO Phone: (800)616-3775
Fax: (478)757-3144

Or write:AFPC DEO
Fax: (478)757-3144

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CCT MSgt and TSgt Selectees

Congrats to our newest selectees!

To MSgt:
Michael Cartwright
Jason Dryer
Brad Greisen
Ken Huhman
Jason Kemp
Doug Neville
Nathan Salvemini
Tony Terrando
Greg Waldheim

To TSgt:
Tobin Berry
Ben Hannigan
Case Jacobs
Jamie Light
David Overton
Jason Payne
Duane Roberts
Aaron Switzer
Ryan Wallace

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

FIGHT OR DIE on Discovery Channel Thurs, 26 June

Dear Family and Friends:

I need your help! FIGHT OR DIE, the television show that I have spent the last year producing,will premiere on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, June 26 at 10pm EDT/PDT.

You can watch thepreview for the show by clicking this link to YouTube.

Based on the viewer response to this broadcast, Discovery will decide whether the show will become a weekly series. So please tune in (or TiVo it) and please forward this email on to those you think might also be interested. And if you like the show, please email feedback to:FEEDBACK@WHEELHOUSEENTERTAINMENT.COM

Discovery Channel (in HD)
Thursday, June 26 at 10pm ET/PT

Thanks for watching!


Air Guard's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

ARLINGTON, Va. - By the looks of him, Staff Sgt. Scott Geisser seemed anything but your average "clean-cut" Airman here last week with his thick brown beard and mustache. Even so, the Air National Guard's top leaders praised him as one of the six Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) for 2008.

"I think somebody said that I looked like the Taliban," said Geisser, with a smile, when asked about his unusual appearance for a servicemember.
Geisser, a combat controller from the 125th Special Tactics Squadron in Portland, Ore., is the Air Guard's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, but he was preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the annual OAY events last week. In fact, he boarded a plane for Afghanistan immediately following the celebrations.

To view this article click here:

Illinois Run

Hey dudes,
just thought I'd let you know of our next planned ride. I doubt that you can get away to go, but the invite is there. We are going from locally here at Fayettenam to a former unit guy's house in Illinois. He used to be our unit mechanic who just happened to be a bike fixer too. He has invited us to come up and spend Labor Day up there. He is getting an entire beef for roasting. Another guy who is the Cape Fear Harley head mechanic is going w/ us along w/ some other guys not from the squadron.

Hoping to have around 20-30 guys going up. We plan on going up Thursday Aug 28th and making it a two day drive. Probably pass by the KY guard unit and pick up Aaron May and anyone else who wants to join. Spend the weekend at our destination and drive back on Monday and Tuesday the 1st and 2nd. No detailed route planned yet. But guaranteed good time.
I imagine that w/ a sizeable group, we will probably plan on camping instead of moteling it.

I am going to let Jess Horstman know too. Hey Hurbey & McChord guys spread the word and see if there are any takers that might be in our area and want to rent and join or whatever.

By the way, I still haven't seen any pictures from the great NW loop yet.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Air National Guard's Airmen of the Year

Wayne ( has sent you a Air Force Link story. You can view the original story at

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Civ Job Openings at the 342nd TRS

To All.
Request your assistance in flowing this information to applicants interested in filling our position vacancies;

Please pass the following info to any applicants interested in the positions above. This is the updated guidance for navigating the USAJOB's website.

The vacancy ID # for (position below) is: (plz see VID # below).
Enter the number in search criteria (Key Words) in USAJobs
( home page, click Search, and then scroll down to the (Applicable Base) Positions. Note* There will be several bases listed where Training Instructor positions Do Not exist. The candidate should apply for the vacancy at the location (page) which correlates to the position(s) below.

Updated Vacancy ID's for the Positions/Location;
1. VID# 171287 and 169037, PJ/CRO Indoc, 1 Vacancy, scroll to Lackland. Note* 169307 will point only to a Maxwell location. While the location is incorrect, this is the correct page in which to apply for the position.

2. VID# 171287, CCS, 2 Vacancies, scroll to Pope

3. VID# 195001, Dive (Panama City NSA), 3 Vacancies, scroll to Tyndall (Closes 17 June 08) and apply at the Tyndall page for the Panama City Naval Support Activity positions.

4. VID# 171287, Weapons Instr, 6 Vacancies, scroll to Lackland

5. VID# 169037, PJ/CRO Instr, 3 Vacancies, will identify Maxwell only, but applicants are to apply to this release.

Note** - While several VID's are identical (171287), and outline the same generic "Training Instructor" Announcements (which accounts for our applicants' confusion), AFPC is sorting quals against Job Descriptions.

When applying for the specific position, please use the following guidance;

6. Ensure that you include a copy of your DD214 - Part IV, the Long Version with the discharge information at the bottom.

7. If you have a VA disability - please include the VA Letter

8. Please include a SF-15 (attached).

9. VERY IMPORTANT: If you elect to fax (vs. Scan and Upload) the additional info in #6-8 above, please use a cover sheet and include all information in the "how to apply" listing on the Job Ad.

Please e-mail me ( a confirmation after applying for the position. We'll then send a By-Name-Request (to AFPC) to ensure the applicant is referred to us via the hiring certificate.

If applicants do not complete the steps above, we will not receive their application, nor will we be able to consider them for the position in which they are interested.

Please contact me for any additional assistance needed?

Thanks for helping us fill these positions,
Scott Migdalski

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pat Trimple (CCA LA-808)

Regrettably, we must report that Pat Trimple (CCA LA-808), died of respiratory failure at 9:35 PM on 12 June 2008. She has been seriously ill for some time and had been in and out of the hospital over the last few months. She was always a strong supporter of the CCA and will be missed.”

We’ll have more later

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Two soldiers to receive degrees posthumously

A soldier and an airman who were killed in Afghanistan this year will be honored posthumously with college degrees.

The men were members of a joint team comprised of Fort Bragg soldiers and airmen from Pope Air Force Base.

Tech. Sgt. William Jefferson, of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, was killed in action March 22 when his vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb near Sperwan Ghar, the release said.

His widow, Kristyn and their 8-year-old daughter, Tyler, will accept Jefferson’s master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.

For the entire article click here:

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Captain Jake Miller in Heb Challenge

Hi there,
See the link below to an article in the stars and stripes about the heb challenge and my goal of raising money for the SOWF.

It's never too late to donate if you haven't already.


Article Subject: Rugged race to raise funds

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A favor - can anyone identify the people that are circled. All they would have to is send the number and name to me at I would like to update the picture that James Boyce uses on the memorial site.

Also, would like to get the names for me - this picture is 40 years
old. The guys at the Nashville reunion identified a few. The numbers
are what is missing.

Click on photo to enlarge picture.

Thanks Don

Triathlon to raise money for the SOWF

I am doing a double Ironman Triathlon to raise money for the SOWF during the first weekend of Oct 08.

I am glad to see all our hearts are in the right place. I wish the best of luck and God's Speed to my young STO brothers in the Heb Challenge event.

Claude Tudor
CCA LM 398

Monday, May 19, 2008

Fund Raiser for SOWF in Will Jefferson's memory

I'm running an adventure race this summer called the Heb Challenge with Matt Allen, another STO, and 3 other AF types. The race takes place over 5 days on a chain of islands stretching along Scotland's north west coast.

While we're looking to have a good time, I'm really doing the race to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. My team has set up a website,, to take donations. It seemed like a good idea to raise a little money for the foundation but it's especially meaningful now that Will Jefferson has passed away. There are not many CCT warriors out there from my generation of controllers who didn't know Will in some capacity, whether he was an instructor for their basic course or a mentor teaching advanced classes like survey at CCS or a team guy at the 21 STS. Will will be missed greatly by his family and wife and kids but will also be missed by an even larger clan, those of his teammates and students who are even now carrying the fight forward for him.

Any donation will make a big difference and all will be received with thanks from us and the SOWF and with gratitude by Will's family should they need the funds. You're probably wondering how much to donate, how much is enough? I'd donate what you think you could stand losing to Will playing Texas Hold'em in one night. And I know there are a few that have lost playing poker to him. I know people have raised a good amount of money for the SOWF in the past. Hopefully we can do the same but we can't do it without support from others. Please send this out to the Association. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Jake Miller, Capt, USAF
321st Special Tactics Squadron
CCA LM - 105

Dive School Instructor Announcement

Training Instructor (Dive School Instructor)

SALARY RANGE: 54,494.00 - 70,843.00 USD per year

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
to Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Career/Career Conditional

DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Panama City, FL

Mr. Scott Migdalski is the POC:
Or Capt Kevin Kirby COM:(850)636-6244

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


PROJECT 404 MONUMENT - The Combat Control School Association pressed hard to gather data for the PROJECT 404 MEMORIAL STONE. Six weeks before the new Combat Control School opening ceremony we finalized the 404-list. It was based on what we thought was a reliable source (since it had not been challenged in more than thirty years) and a verbal plea to the CCT community for inputs. Now that the MEMORIAL IS ACTUALLY SET IN STONE, folks coming out of the wood work asking for changes. Lets work together to get the memorial done right and expeditiously. IF you was assigned (on orders) to Project 404 and served on the ground in Laos let us know immediately.

PURPLE HEART DISPLAY - Several weeks ago, I sent out a request for inputs for the PURPLE HEART DISPLAY. I am having very little luck in gathering data. If you was awarded the Purple Heart, don't assume that THEY know about it, because THEY don't. How do I know, because I am the THEY.

Send your information to me in the following format:


Email your inputs to me at

Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (CCT) Retired

Monday, May 12, 2008

"Celebration of Life" for Ray

Dear Friends:
Please join the family and friends of Ray Ekenstam as we remember him and celebrate his life on Saturday, May 31, 2008.

The Celebration of Life gathering to honor Ray will be held at:

Place: Newport Beach Yacht Club
1099 Bayside Drive Newport Beach, Ca 92660

Time: 1:00 PM-- 4:00 PM

Betsy Moore

Sunday, May 11, 2008

2nd Annual Great Northwest Loop

2nd Annual Great Northwest Loop
10-11-12 July
Come and enjoy some of the best Riding the Northwest has to offer. Leaving Olympia, WA @ 1200 on 1oth of July for a short run to Pt. Townsend. The next day we hop a boat to Seattle and then make another easy run through the North Cascades to Leavenworth WA for another night of story telling and bragging. The last day will be down hwy 97 to The Dalles for one last night to wrap up an epic weekend. Of course there will be numerous stops for “gas” along the way. This is not about getting anywhere fast but enjoying the journey.

Below are some contacts and prices for hotels that are in the area;
Port Townsend-
Harborside inn-probably my choice $85-$95 depending on floor level. Tides Inn $119-$169
Leavenworth The Quality Inn has agreed to give us rooms at $70 a night, just call them and let them know that you are part of the Special Operation Warrior Ride. 509-548-7992
The Dalles OR The Shilo Inn has come through with an outstanding deal to help support our ride, $85 for double Queen . Just give them a call and let them know that you are part of the Special Operation Warrior ride. Ph 541-298-5502
If you guys would like to buy a T-shirt just let me know before the end of April so that I can get them printed and mailed before the end of May. Please include size and number. I am asking for $20 to cover shipping but anything left over is going to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation, good cause, nice shirt. Hopefully most of you guys will make the ride but not required.
Send a check to;
Robert Pittman
1450 Killarney Dr West Linn,
OR 97068
Or Station 4 C shift
Copy and paste the links below to check out the shirt design.

So I think that you see we mean business. The challenge will be met between stops at Hooters, Foxes, and anywhere else young girls are in need of college money.

Hope to see you all soon.

Job opening for Assault Zone Controller at North Field SC

Start date is 1 May, 2008.

The duty requirements for this position are as follows:
Member must be able to perform assault zone (AZ) control duties, AZ surveying, limited operator maintenance of Government furnished equipment, operations reporting, AZ assessment, marking, and scoring duties. Provide AZ control and establishment training to designated military personnel, perform operator maintenance of government-furnished equipment, must have a minimum of four years experience as a Combat Controller, completed a Department of Defense basic Air Traffic Control (ATC) course and possess a prior or current ATC certification, able to pass a Class II ATC Flight Physical, possess a valid civilian driver’s license and must be able to hold a valid military driver’s license for the military vehicle(s) to be operated, have the physical capabilities (be able to lift at least a 60 pound box) to perform AZ duties.

For more information on this position, please feel free to contact me via phone or email.

John A. Lynch. NAAF Site Manager,
DSN 673-9978, Comm (843) 963-9978

Monday, May 5, 2008

I'm standing in for Ron while his computer is repaired...HR

This came in from Willie T and Brenda Hall.

We've already been in touch with some of the local folks, but we thought we'd better go ahead and get this out through CCA.

We're sending you the sad news that Roger Klair's wife Dorothy passed sometime during Friday night. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year and had to move into assisted living a couple of months ago. Her condition became acute about 10 days ago when she caught Pneumonia and was placed under Hospice care. Fortunately, she had been well enough to make her wishes known and recorded last year. So in her final days, Roger had these directives to guide family decisions.

Dorothy has been a kind and gentle presense in Roger's life for some 20 years and will be badly missed by her extended family and those of us who knew and loved her. An OB will be published in the local news on Wed and Thurs. Her remains will be cremated and Roger has arranged to hold a memorial for Dorothy at:

McLaughlin's Funeral Home in Ft Walton Bch, FL, on Sat, May 10th at 10:00 am.

Roger will entertain guests back at his house directly following the service

Hugs, Brenda and Will

Note: Roger's address and phone are in the CCA directory. If you need a copy, e-mail me..HR
This just came in from Dee Brawley on the response to her request for war stories about Dick.

I appreciate the close contact and information. The more stories the better, my son and daughter-in-love, and our grandchildren are enjoying them and looking forward to more, we plan to make them a part of the service. At this moment we are confirming the Celebration of Life for Dick on Saturday, 17 May at 1030 hrs at the Mariposa Lodge Amphitheater, in Apple Valley, CA. Any of Dick's friends that are in the area are invited and so welcome to attend. There will be a light brunch and fellowship following, there at the Lodge. For a Google Mapquest, the address of the lodge is: Mariposa Lodge, 19322 Jess Ranch Parkway,
Apple Valley, CA 92308 Phone 760-247-0724

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tickets are printed!

On Saturday 26 April,they will go on sale at the Emerald coast collision center "Crash Bash", 129 Hollywood.
On Saturday from noon till 6 PM the collision center will be doing their 18th Crash Bash (flyer attached). The crash bash will be fun with acookout much like what we will do for the Harley Raffle in Sep. It is free, there will be live music, door prizes, and a space walk for thekids. Warrior foundation will have a booth and will be selling raffletickets for the harley to be raffled in Sep. Stop by and buy one [or if you are dealt in as a foundation guy with plans to sell 10, I can sign out a block of tickets to you.] Cash or checks will work.
Checks should be made to Lyndon Poff or Steve Connelly. We will make 7 to 9 thousand for the SOWF (my estimate). The raffle off dinner will be 6 Sep.
Hope to see you at the crash bash to kick off this fundraiser for the SOWF. You will not get a tax deduction for this as the donation per ticket is small and the SOWF staff is smaller. We talked to SOWF about this. It is still a good deal for a good cause, even if you are just taking your spouse out for some BBQ, fun with friends, and a few drinks. There will be lots of stuff raffled to losers. The last ticket drawn will be the harley winner. Thanks for supporting the foundation. If you can come to the crash bash even for a few minutes,check out the barbeque, and thank Mr Poff for his work for the foundation in raffling off the bike, and cooking for 'us'.
Foundation guys, thank you!.
Cindy, thank you.
Steve Connelly, Contractor (Wintec), AFSOC/ A5RX -CV-22 ProgramTele: 850 884 3420, DSN 579 3420, FAX 2549

Dee Brawley Request

Dee Brawley requested the CCA put out a Blog to Dick's old CCT teammates, asking them to share any appropriate anecdotic experiences they might have enjoyed with him .

She is looking for memories that she could share with family members. She would like tidbits, from before their 28 years together, that would provide a glance into his early years in CCT. She only occasionally got insights into of some of his early career and life experiences when some of the guys from the 60s-70s time frame later came by for a visit.

She will keep us informed of his movement to Pensacola for burial as things develop.

The email address is

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nashville Reunion Update

Golfers coming to BNA to click on

This is where we'll be playing. Tee times 0800 on the 16th and 1000 on the 17th of May. The price of the meal for the banquet has changed and is now $45.00

Nashville ain't what it used to be price wise.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Great Northwest Loop Ride 2008

The ride starts in Olympia, WA for a short run to Pt. Townsendon 7/10/08 then to Leavenworth WA on 7/11/08 and then down to The Dalles OR on 7/12/08. Some of the best riding that really shows the beauty of the Northwest, ocean, mountains, and high desert. Most importantly, good company and lots of good story telling. Look forward to your reply and feel free to pass this message on to anyone that is not in my loop.

Below are some contacts and prices for hotels that are in the area;

Port Townsend
Harborside inn-probably my choice $85-$95 depending on floorlevel, not the tides but a little Inn $119-$169

I have already booked a room the quality inn for $80 for military rate, hard to beat but going fast.

The Dalles, OR
Shilo Inn, I am still working on a price but should be around $100 for double Queen.

If you guys would like to buy a T-shirt just let me know in the next week so that I can get them printed and mailed before the end of May.Please include size and number. I am asking for $20 to cover shipping but anything left over is going to the Special OperationWarrior Foundation, good cause, nice shirt. Hopefully most of you guys will make the ride but not required.

Send me a check to;
Robert Pittman
1450 Killarney Dr
West Linn, OR 97068

Copy and paste the links below to check out the shirt design.

Sudan Employment Opportunities

Do you know of anyone in the specialties, below, that would be interested in a near-term (40 days or less) deployment to the South Sudan?

We are looking for retired military, SOF background, that would like a challenge in the South. Effort will be based in Juba.

Military Training and Operations Advisor
Defense Procurement and Infrastructure Advisor
Military Health Advisor
Military Justice and Equal Opportunity Advisor
Military Training Schools and Doctrine Advisor
Civil / Construction Engineering Advisor
Military Intelligence Advisor

Please send resumes to Cody Elmore.

Two Employment Opportunities

I am recruiting heavily for former Rangers and soldiers that are looking for deployments to Iraq. I am looking for former soldiers that are looking for long term employment with a large contracting company (Raytheon) and not just a job while they are in sandbox. There will be follow on employment in the states when they return. Basically I'm looking guys that can instruct on a wide range of surveillance system subjects that they will receive training on all subjects.

If you are interested, please contact me at the below addressesor phone number.

Edward Erb
1SG Retired

MIM Positon Openings for GS-11 TERMS/PERMS

We are preparing for a new MIM hiring session for the upcoming Jun 08 MIMIQTcourse.

The positions being offered are TERM/PERM positions and are currently posted. Those selected would be expected to start work no later than the end of May or beginning of Jun.

If you are interested, and would like to apply, please visit the site link below and submit your entry. If you are not interested, but know someone that is, please forward the information.,15514,15515,15669,15523,15512,15516,45575&zip=32544

Job Announcement Number:AFPC160001-GS-2210-05/12CI

Since we are having some issues with postings and announcements, I recommend that you apply for ALL like advertisements on USAJOBS that are associated to Hurlburt Field, IT Specialist, GS-05/12. Using the zip code search for 32544 will reduce the number of announcements to you'll need to select and submit. While this seems extreme, we just want to help make sure your name shows on the listings for selection.

Thank you, Dave Bricker
623rd AOC/CSD

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sierra Nevada Corporation Position

Folks- we are opening up a new office in Southern Virginia. If you know someone either there or who desires to live there we are hiring a number of positions.
Location needs communications and network background folks that have military backgrounds.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is a fast-growing research, development and manufacturing company that provides leading-edge Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Network-centric communications technologies on multiple platforms ranging from soldier-based to small and large manned/unmanned aircraft. SNC also specializes in the design and production of defense electronics products in the fields of Instrumentation, Test and Training (ITT), Electronic Warfare (EW), Air Traffic Control and Automatic Landing Systems (ATCALS), and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). SNC is a $600M+ company with a corporate office based in Reno, Nevada and does business with all branches of the US DoD, as well as with certain Government agencies.

They can either email or call me direct or use HR contact below.
Jim Orahood <

Referrals are the best.

There is a lot of growth opportunity with this for impact players.
Company Information

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Company Web Site:

Rolling Thunder Ride

I've been invited to ride Rolling Thunder to the wall with my Pararescue classmates and plan on going.

Are any other controllers that would be interested in riding with us?

Here's a link to an information site: <>

Ray Long
CCA LM-583

Friday, April 11, 2008

CCS Opening

The Combat Control Association will be hosting a social at the Combat Control School on Friday April 18, 2008. The social will commence immediately after the completion of the CCS Grand Opening Ceremonies at approximately 1630L.

Wayne Norrad
CCA President

Thursday, April 10, 2008

William H. Jefferson Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament


As you all know the 21 STS and CCT lost a brother two weeks ago in Afghanistan. The 21 STS has set up a Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament on 18 April 2008, after the new Combat Control School Building Dedication and Memorial.

Any interested parties send E mail to

Monday, April 7, 2008

CCT and STO Annual Award Winners message 2007







Assault Zone Personnel (Air Traffic) Jobs in Colorado Springs, CO

Ran across this last night.

Know anyone who can use this information??

Please pass on if you do.

NVG Ground Training Specialist

NVG Ground Training Specialist. Seeking retired military professional experienced in tactical security operations using Night Vision Goggles. Primary responsibility will be to train foreign security forces in use of NVGs, thermal sights and targeting devices. Qualified candidates must be fluent in Spanish and have experience working with or training foreign security forces. South/Latin America region experience desired.

Please send resume to

Compensation commensurate with experience. Immediate availability required.

Monday, March 31, 2008


Combat Controllers

I have just spoken to Ron Brown at the CCT Heritage Hall.
Things are going well there and the exhibits are rapidly taking shape for the 18 April 2008 opening.

Ron tasked me with assisting the next project - that of constructing a PURPLE HEART EXHIBIT - so I am gathering information.

I need assistance from everyone in the community to:
1. either provide PURPLE HEART information and/or
2. forward this request on to others who may not be on the mailing list.

PLEASE SEND THE INFORMATION TO ME - in the following format:


Example:May 17, 1967 -- Dalat, RVN -- SSgt -- Wilber R. Wisneuskivitch -- 8APS

Visit the CCT Historical Website at

Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (CCT) Retired

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Subject: TSgt Jefferson's Funeral arrangements

TSgt William Jefferson's Funeral arrangements:

Kellum Funeral Home
Rosewood Chapel
601 North Witch Duck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Friday public viewing from 1800 - 2000 28 March 2008
Saturday Funeral Ceremony 1400 29 March 2008

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation:

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 13483
Tampa Fl 33681-3483

William Jefferson Fayettville Observer article

Dead airman started career as a Marine

The Pope Air Force Base special operations airman killed last week in Afghanistan started his military career as a Marine and taught an elite military course for special operations airmen.

Tech. Sgt. William Jefferson Jr. was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron — part of the Air Force’s Special Operations Command — when he was killed Saturday near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan. Jefferson died after his vehicle struck a homemade bomb.

Jefferson, who was 34, enlisted in the Marines in 1992. Four years later, in 1996, he enlisted in the Air Force. Jefferson completed the Combat Control courses and was stationed at Pope with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron.

Stealth deployment

Combat controllers are trained to deploy undetected into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, according to the Air Force. At the same time, they are responsible for air traffic control, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and other duties in a combat arena.

Jefferson spent almost five years as part of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron’s silver team before moving to the squadron’s Integrated Survey Program Office as an expert surveyor.

He spent two years in that position and then was selected to become an instructor at the Combat Control School at Pope. The school is a 13-week program that provides final combat controller qualifications.

Jefferson returned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron’s operations staff in 2006 as head of exercise and plans responsible for all Joint Force Entry Exercises. He deployed in October 2006 to Iraq.

In September 2007, Jefferson received distinguished graduate honors from the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

He deployed again in January 2008 as part of a unit conducting operations in Afghanistan.

During his career, Jefferson was awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor and the Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

A memorial has been planned for 10 a.m. today (26 Apr 08) at Pope.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fallen Combat Controller

To the Special Tactics Family,

It is with great sadness to tell you that we have lost an ST warrior deployed from 21 STS yesterday in Afghanistan. TSgt William Jefferson (WJ) was killed when the vehicle in which he was riding was struck by an IED.

TSgt Jefferson is survived by his wife Kristy and daughter, Tyler. I ask you to join all of us here at Hurlburt and our deployed locations as we come together to provide support and love for the families, friends and teammates of our fallen warrior.

We will pass information to you on the funeral service and memorial as we get it. Please route all RFIs through the STG/OSS and minimize calls to the family, 21 STS-fwd and home station so they can focus on taking care of the family.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and support as we get through this difficult time for the ST family.

The Memorial for TSgt William Jefferson will be held on Wed, 26 Mar 1000 hrs in Hanger 4, Pope AFB.

Uniform for military will be Service Dress.

Also, in lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation:

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 13483
Tampa Fl 33681-3483

Col Marc Stratton

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dick Brawley's condition

Rick & Al,
I talked to Dick on Wed night and he sounded pretty down and the prognosis isn't very good. He said he would like to let people know his situation and to give out his room number for anyone that would like to get in touch with him.

Here's his info.........

Richard "Dick" Brawley, Rm 668
St Bernardine Medical Hospital
2101 N Waterman Ave
San Bernardino, Ca, 92404

Phone 1-909-883-8711, wait for the voice menu to start then dial 5668,that will ring his room phone.

Thanks to all who have already called or contacted Dick. Here’s some new info:

Al, Dick has been moved to a different room. His room extension is now 5650. They tried a different med on him last week and is showing great results, looks like it may be good enough to get him out of the woods for now. Let's hope for now it will. Please pass on, his old extension will just ring unanswered. Cheers Gus....

Gus Rhinehart

CBS Evening News Tonight

CBS Evening News will be airing a segment on AFSOC tonight at 1730 which will include some of our ST operators.

13 Mar 08

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Nashville Reunion

The Nashville reunion is scheduled for May 16, 17, & 18.

Motel: Same as last year. The Hampton Inn at Cool Springs. Phone # 615 771 7225 or 1 800 Hampton or website
Rooms are reserved under the CCA. Reservations must be made by April 15 to get the group discount. Doubles are $99, King studios are $109, and King suites $119 plus tax.

Restaurant: Monell's located in Franklin, about ten minutes from the motel The dinner will be Saturday night May 17. Cost of the meal including gratuity is around $26.00 depending on add on's.

Golf will be at Nashboro Village May 16 & 17. More information will be sent as I get it.

Special events will be scheduled as requested. Some of the wives have mentioned a bus tour, etc.

I'll do whatever needs to be done to get these things going.

Billie Slayton

Friday, March 7, 2008

Base jumper tackles the tower!

This is Neil Amonson. Not sure if you remember me but I went through AST as a combat controller back in 02'-03'. I finished up my four years of active duty and now I'm a full time student at Embry-Riddle working on my B.S. in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Security and Intelligence.

On March 22, I will be participating in a vertical stair climb fundraiser/race for the American Lung Association. We will be racing up the stairwell of the tallest building in Salt Lake City, the Wells Fargo building. All the other competitors will be doing this task only once, but in traditional CCT fashion, I'm doing it 33 times, and wearing a parachute! By the time I am done I will have climbed 19,734 stairs.

Individuals can donate. It is 100% secure (or at least as secure as you can be on the internet) via the personal donation web link and the money goes straight to the American Lung Association.

I'm asking local business to donate at least one penny per stair, $197.34, and I will have their logo put on the front of a custom t-shirt I am having made just for the event.

Check out the following link for some more information about the event:

Hope all is well on your end of things and I appreciate any support you can provide.

Neil Amonson
CCA LM-922

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Combat Control School (CCS) Association Request

The Combat Control School (CCS) Association needs assistance. The CCS Memorial/Museum project is at a point where they need some manpower to move, and in some cases, erect some of the displays. For those in the local area of Pope AFB who would like to help, please contact Ron Brown at 910-583-6323.

Wayne Norrad, President
CCA, LM-065

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Assault Zone Position at Hurlburt

One possible two openings coming available at Hurlburt Field in May 08 and 1 opening coming available Oct 08. These positions will be providing LZ/DZ support and Opposing Forces support to the 1 SOW. Min of four years experience as an assault zone controller. Must be able to pass a class II physical prior to being hired.

Pay will be in the upper 40's.

Send resume to
Dewayne Morey

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CNN Combat Control Video

TSgt Dryer's piece aired last Friday on Lou Dobbs Tonight.

It is a very nice piece... with the exception of Lt Col Staha's name being spelled wrong, and a reference to combat controllers as "combat air controllers." Other than that, the piece does a great job portraying the heroics and dedication of TSgt Dryer.


Chief, Operations

AFSOC Public Affairs

Hurlburt Field FL

Monday, February 25, 2008

Fire Support Specialist Position

The purpose of this position is to develop and direct the implementation of short and long term plans, policies, and procedures relating to specialized SOF operations and integrated Fire Support.

Develops, manages, and oversees the training, standardization, evaluation, and combat employment of all unit-assigned Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) in accordance with applicable Air Force Instructions and Joint Regulations.

This link will take you to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) site for complete details about this position at Pope, AFB N.C.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Robert Pittman's Fundraising Page for The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

We are close to making our donations goal but not quite there yet.
The link below makes the process very, very easy and you can donate any amount that you choose, and of course any amount is greatly appreciated. I know all of us have had loved ones that have fought the ultimate battle with cancer and experienced all the ugliness involved. This is a worthy cause that helping children that have the dreaded disease. The event that I am running is grueling, this will be my fourth time and believe me it is not getting easier. If I did not believe I would not be putting myself through the ringer.

Again, thank you all for your support and hope to see your name on the donation contributor's list.

I will let you all know how the event goes after itis over.

Thank you,
Robert "Pitt" Pittman

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Air Force appeal for people to apply for CRSC

This is an Air Force appeal for people to apply for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC).

Some Combat Controllers STILL may not be aware of this DISABILITY SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT.,15240,161534,00.html?wh=benefits&

Monday, February 11, 2008

Solicitation of Funds

The Combat Control Association (CCA) Board of Directors (BoD) met in January 2008 and amongst other agenda items, outlined annual organizational goals. High on that list was fund raising to meet objectives of the CCA.

One facet of the fund raising effort will be targeted toward monetary support to monuments and commemorative memorabilia at the new Combat Control School campus and the Crate Advanced Skills Training Center. Contributions can be directly earmarked for those projects. Please recall that the Association is organized as a not for profit organization in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service. Corporate donations have been received and will continue to be pursued. We still encourage networking with business enterprises of which many retired CCT members have formed a close association. Some personal donations have also been received and the CCA leadership encourages further individual support.

A second venture deals with raising funds to defray unit costs for such things as award ceremonies, building dedications and recognition programs. Unit Advisory Councils drain their funds to host receptions for these events. A “pass the hat” approach was recently used to offset costs at a medal ceremony for Special Tactics warriors that received national media attention and was attended by high-ranking civil and military dignitaries. Active duty leaders have been reaching into their pockets for years to fund these expenses. The CCA would like to take some of that burden from their pocketbooks. Many loyal members have been very generous in supporting the “hospitality room” at the annual CCA reunions. We would like to take that basic concept a step further and solicit support that will be earmarked for official, but unfunded functions.

I have appointed Rick Crutchfield as Chairman of the new Memorial & Unit Support Fund Committee. He will need help and therefore, I'm asking the CCA membership for volunteers to assist in this endeavor. Rick has seeded the Unit Support Fund with a $100 donation and would like to challenge a segment of the membership (Retired Chiefs) to match that contribution. Of course all donations from all ranks will be greatly appreciated. Please specify on your personal check if you have a preference, which fund (Memorial or Unit Support) you would like to support. The CCA BoD believes we can make a difference and with your help – we will!

To volunteer for the committee or request further information, please contact him at (850) 396-5189, or

Mail donations to the Combat Control Association, Post Office Box 432, Mary Esther, FL 32569.


Wayne G. Norrad, CMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
President, Combat Control Association

Monday, February 4, 2008

CCA Reunion 2008 Announcement

For Your Information,

The Combat Control Association Board of Directors (BOD) met on 30 Jan 2008. The BOD voted to hold the 2008 CCA Reunion from 29 Oct – 2 Nov 2008 at the Ramada Inn Beach Resort, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

Travel days are 29 Oct and 2 November. The schedule of events is yet to be determined, but will likely include a Golf Tournament, Barbeque, Memorial Service, Static Display/ST Briefing, Business Meeting, and Banquet (Sat. evening, 1 Nov 08). Non-sponsored events may include the STO/CCT of the Year Ceremony, a Spouse Gathering and training events or a conference hosted by the local (Hurlburt Field) organization(s).

We have the dates locked in at the Ramada and have the same facilities available as last year (I.e., Oasis Hospitality Room & Empire Banquet Room).

Official announcement, schedule, room reservation information and registration procedures will be forthcoming in our quarterly Newsletter and CCA Blog site.


New Position Battlefield Air Operations (BAO) Systems Test Engineer

Battlefield Air Operations (BAO) Systems Test Engineer

Requires at least 10 to 15 years of experience in testing, evaluating, operating, maintaining, analyzing, and/or trouble-shooting systems supporting Battlefield Air Operations. Knowledge of USAF Special Tactics combat controllers operational employment is required. Experience with mini-UAVs, data link and Target Transfer Equipment, and/or Special Operations field equipment, and the skills to apply those principles within USAF Developmental Test and Evaluation programs is highly desired. Experience in executing test missions at DoD installations and other test locations is desired. Must have a demonstrated ability to lead and direct the work of others. Must be able to work effectively as part of a team and to direct the work of others on occasion. Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Proficiency in the use and integration of Microsoft Office applications is required.

Accomplishes test and evaluation of major Air Force and joint-service test programs. Provides technical leadership in an engineering role, which includes review of customer requirements and participation in test planning meetings. Plans, executes, and reports the developmental testing of Special Operations BAO programs including: BATMAV, BRITES, HMI/Tactical Earpiece, and M2M interface. Provides scientific and technical support to include test planning, test procedures, and test data collection. Develops and writes methods of test for the system under test. Attends meetings as necessary to provide briefings, information, and/or technical support. Responsible for planning, executing, and assessing digital data links in both testing and training operations. Analyzes test results and documents findings to the primary customer.

1. Must be able to work effectively alone, unsupervised or in groups - 100%.
2. Must present smooth, knowledgeable, professional appearance to the government client - 100%.
3. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.
4. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

We're looking for a Test Engineer with BAO experience to hire at the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin.

J.M. "Hotmike" Hokkanen Jacobs

Technology Inc (TEAS Team)

Developmental Test Support Department

46th Test Squadron/OGEJ

101 East Daytona Road - Room 109

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

Friday, February 1, 2008

Tampa Combat Control Mini Reunion

Combat Control Mini Reunion
February 15,16,17

Pack up your shorts and suntan lotion…the first ever Tampa CCT mini reunion will be February 15,16,17.

Bob and Colleen Holmes and Steve and Helen McLeary have teamed up to be your hosts and hope you can make it.

Please RSVP via email or phone to Steve McLeary by 10 February.

Friday 15 February 6:30 pm

Steve and Helen McLeary will host the evening and provide all the food and fixings. Please Bring Your Own Beverages
The address is 6938 Cohasset Circle, Riverview Florida 33578. 813-503-0171

Saturday 16 Feb

Golf at MacDill AFB: Tee times start at 12:04
We currently have six tee times so we can handle 24 golfers. We can request more if we have more players.

We will have a scramble format. Green fees are around $30 and then we will throw in ten bucks for a team competition tournament.

We have six tee times starting at 12:04

Saturday 16 Feb 6:30 pm:

Bob and Colleen Holmes will host a cook your own steak at their house and will provide side dishes and beverages. Just toss $10 bucks in the hat for a steak. Address is 2917 W. Knights Ave Tampa, Fl 33611.

Sunday 17 February

10:30 am Brunch at Jackson's on waterfront in downtown Tampa. They have a great selection and we have reservations for 30 people. Cost is $23 per person and that includes the tip and tax. Champaign is extra. We need to provide total number of people by 10 Feb.

Jackson’s is located at 601 South Harbor Island Blvd Suite 100 Tampa, Florida 33602 813-277-0112.

There are several conventions taking place that weekend and most of the downtown hotels are sold out. Recommend you check out a website called
And you can find all the hotels in the Tampa area. The hotels on Westshore blvd will have the most availability and the military rates should be around $98 per night. The hotels near the airport are about a 30 minute drive to the base, the Holmes house, and Jackson’s. The airport is about a 45 minute drive to Steve and Helen’s.

For those who want to try and stay on base the billeting office number is 813-828-4259 . As of 1 February they have 20 rooms available on 15, 16, and 17 February. Reservations for retired military can be made three days in advance.

Phone Numbers:

Bob and Colleen Holmes 813-831-4504

Steve and Helen McLeary 813-503-0171

Jackson’s 813-277-0112

MacDill Golf Course 813-840-6905

Billeting 813-828-4259

Directions to Steve and Helen’s
Take I-4 to I 75 south and exit at 301 Riverview South.
Go south on 301 to Krycul street (two lights) Go to the stop sign and turn right on Lake St. Charles Blvd. Continue straight to the T intersection and turn left on Colonial drive. Go 100 yards and turn right on Cohasset Circle. The house yellow and located on the corner lot with a fence and pool cage.

Directions to Bob and Colleen’s house
Proceed toward MacDill AFB on Bayshore Blvd turn right on Knights Avenue. The house is on the right about the middle of the block. Knight Avenue is located south of Bay to Bay. If you pass Gandy you went too far.

We look forward to seeing you in TAMPA!!!