Sunday, January 20, 2008

Site 85 KIA Memorial

Site 85 KIA Memorial to be dedicated at Barkesdale, LA 10 Sept, 2008

Gerald Clayton, USAF Commander of Project Heavy Green, is gathering information to put a brochure together for the Site 85 KIA Memorial to be dedicated at Barkesdale, LA 10 Sept, 2008. He needs information from the 20th Helicopter Sq personnel involved in supporting the site, the CCT members on site and any that might have been killed during the PL/VC attack, any CIA members who were on Site 85 still around and any personnel involved to contribute in making the brochure complete.

He is searching for Roger Huffman who was a CCT on site and no one has a telephone number for him and his last email was "Roger Huffman" <>.

Jerry Clayton says two people who are representing themselves as CCT and knowledgeable on Site 85 are Ray Doty and Richard Doty. He wants someone in the CCT community to identify them as CCTers who were in Laos and involved with Site 85. They are also talking about a Site 5 which he is not too sure of its connections to 85.

For those who would like more information on the loss of this site can go to the following Web Sites:>

Gerald Clayton's communication data is as follows:
Gerald Clayton
11810 Oak Ridge Dr
Parrish, FL 34215
Tel 941-776-5043

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Congratulations to our newest CMSGT

CCA Congratulations to our newest CMSGT - Jim Hotaling. He pinned on Chief on 3 Jan 2008. Jim is the Superintendent of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, Portland, Oregon.

Wayne Norrad

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Robert Benton's Fundraising Page

I'm sending this information again because some of you never received the link. All the money raised goes to the families of our teammates that gave their all. Please give if you can and forward this to others that might be interested in giving, thanks.

Robert C. Benton, Sr.
DOD Contractor,
Wintec Arrowmaker Inc.
720 OSS, Advanced Skills Training
Core Task Instructor

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

TRICARE Fee Changes

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Kirk Toth

Fallen Comrade

Allan P. Sundlie Passing

Forman, ND: The memorial service for Allan P. Sundlie will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman. The Reverend Christopher Gaule will officiate. Military Honors will be presented by Post #6339 of the V.F.W. and Sargent Post #82 of the American Legion, both of Forman. Arrangements are by the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman.

There will be no visitation. In accordance with Allan’s request, his body has been donated to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Allan died Sunday, January 6, 2008 at Four Seasons Healthcare Center of Forman at the age of 75.

Allan Pierce Sundlie was born May 26, 1932 on the family farm near Rutland, ND to Elmer Marcellous and Magnhild (Nockleby) Sundlie. As a youngster, he grew up there and attended rural Sargent County Schools. He graduated from Forman High School in 1951.

In December of 1951, Allan began a 20 year career in the United States Air Force. As a part of his active duty, Allan served for a period of time in Viet Nam, and made several parachute jumps.

He was married to Minnette M. Elkins from 1954 to 1976, and had two children with her. During their time together, the family resided in a number of different places, including Nebraska, France, Georgia, the state of Washington, California and Kansas. In December of 1971 while living in Mississippi, Allan retired from full-time military duty. He took a Civil Service position with the United States.

On June 9, 1978 he married Jean Keen. For the next eleven years, they lived in New Orleans, LA, Forman, ND and Portland, OR, where Allan worked for the postal service. In 1989, they returned to Forman, where they owned and operated JJ’s Hotel and Café for the next six years. After retiring from the café, Allan worked part-time for Martinsen Home Center in Forman, drove school bus and did furnace, air-conditioner and appliance repair work for people in and around the Forman area.

Allan was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman. He was a life member of Post #6339 of the V.F.W. and also belonged to Sargent Post #82 of the American Legion of Forman. He was extremely proud to have made one last parachute jump on his 70th birthday.

Allan is survived by his wife, Jean Sundlie of Forman; a daughter: Sharon Marie North of Pensacola, FL; a son, Joseph Allan Sundlie of New York, NY; a step-son, Bryan (Pam) Barrs of Forman; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor (William) Workman of Portland, OR; a brother: Elmer (Isabel) Sundlie of Lexington, SC; and several nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Fallen Comrades

I regret to inform you that, Gary E. J. Samdal (CCA LM-288) passed away Saturday afternoon, 5 January 2008, at his home in Caledonia, MI.
While the official cause of death is not known at this time, Gary has had residual problems with his heart and clogged arteries and was relying on oxygen; a heart attack is suspected.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Gary served as a USAF Combat Controller beginning in 1963 and in December 1965 was assigned to Tan Son Nhut A B Republic Vietnam on the First Combat Control Team to be sent to Vietnam.
E. Michael "Red" Ghormley

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

CCT Memorial Video

Mike McReynolds has a good You Tube video at this You Tube site.

Col. Bob Swisher Update

I was reading through the CCA Newsletter (as I always do, eventually) and saw your request for info to include. You and I don't personally know each other, but I am the wife of a former CCT guy, (CCA Life Member #536) Bob Swisher (now Colonel Bob Swisher).
We have remained in touch with the CCT world vicariously through the CCA newsletter, SgtMacs web site and by attending the reunions when the AF allows Bob to take a few moments off. Recently, July of 2007, Bob was given an assignment to Ali al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for a year as the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander. He was fortunate to arrive there at the right time to present the monthly unit awards. The awards presentation was one of the first official functions he got to preside over. One of those awards went to TSgt Richard L. Karmann III. I don't know if you knew him or not, but Rich Karman II was a CCT guy that supervised Bob in CCT at Hurlburt Field back in 1977.
Bob was thrilled to be able to present the award to the son of one of his supervisors and one of our dear friends from those CCT days. Rich III is assigned to the Security Forces unit that works under Bob over in Kuwait.
If you knew Rich II, you will see from the attached picture that Rich III bears an uncanny resemblance to his dad from those CCT days in the late 70s early 80s. (In the picture, Bob is on the left, Rich is in the middle and the other guy is the 386th AEW Command Chief, Carl Hunsinger)
As a side note, we have heard rumors of an assignment to Scott AFB upon his return from Kuwait this July (2008) though nothing official has come down the pike yet.
Unless they pin General on him (which Bob claims is NOT going to happen, and he doesn't think he wants anyway), he will probably take one more assignment and then retire sometime early 2010.AF life has been good to us from CCT to Wing Command.
Brenda Swisher