Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chief Ramos Legion of Merit Medal Ceremony

CMSgt. Mike Ramos to receive the Legion of Merit medal, 5 Jan, at 1530 in the Commando Auditorium? The presentation will be open to everyone that wants to attend. I only ask that attendees arrive 15 minutes early because we want to start on time (1530). I only expect the ceremony to take 30 minutes or less with LtGen Wurster speaking.

Thanks, Tim

Timothy C. Hoye, CMSgt, USAF

Thursday, December 17, 2009

720 STG/CC Holiday Message

Greetings and Happy Holidays to our ST Family

We have had a very busy year and I don't see it slowing down any time soon. Chief Lamonica and I just returned from a short visit to Afghanistan and Iraq and you'll be happy to know, and as expected. Our men and women forward are "packing the mail" and taking it to the enemy with a vengeance. Their morale and well-being is high in both theaters. I ask that, as you take a well-deserved break over the holidays, please remember to keep them in your thoughts and prayers-especially their families, as they continue to sacrifice back here on a daily basis.

Additionally, as Chief Lamonica and I traversed the AOR, we were frequently asked what the President's recent "troop surge in Afghanistan" announcement means to ST. My reply is this-demand will continue to exceed supply for our forces across all skill sets we provide. All SOF will continue to fill in any gaps and seams as traditional combat forces draw down in places elsewhere to support the surge. Hence, I see us getting busier and busier.

I ask that you try not to look too long term, but rather at the 5-meter target and how you can continue to make an immediate impact in ST and our SOF mission, while working diligently to balance and invest in your family life. On our end, we will continue to work very hard to add more forces to our ranks to relieve some of the deployment pressure.

In the meantime, please stay with us. Each and every one of you is critical to our ST mission. Enjoy your holiday break and come back to us safely."We need each and every one of you."


TN Sends

CCT Passing (Juan E. Rodriguez (Rod)

Got call last night from Rod's oldest Step Son. Rod passed away from Heart failure at his home Sunday, 12/13/09. He passed peacfully yet family still in shock. Just got call from Family tonight that they are having private Memorial Service for Rod in Charleston, S.C. tomorrow 12/17/09. Family request no flowers but for anyone wishing to send card they can please send to;

Mr. & Mrs. Juan Rodriguez and Family
143 Palmetto Bluff CT
Charleston, SC 29418-3017

Rod's son Lee and wife Jill, asked that I notify the CCT family of Rod's passing as they are aware of Rod's closenest to many in the CCT family.

I am also passing to Mac for posting.

Thanks and hope all well with you!

Whip sends.............

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CCA Christmas Social

I have coordinated for a CCA Christmas Social on Tuesday 22 Dec 09 starting at 1800 hrs at the downtown Navarre, FL ‘Helen Backs’ pizza restaurant. This will be a pay as you drink and eat affair.

See you there!


Eddie Howard

Retirement Ceremony for MSgt Beals

For all those interested MSgt Beals, CCT at the 23 STS, is retiring this Friday, 18 Dec at 1100.

Ceremony will be at the 23 STS, Hurlburt Fld, FL.

Monday, December 14, 2009

USO officials honor 5 Air Force Medal of Honor recipients

Officials of the Metropolitan New York USO held their 48th Annual Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner and honored the only five living Air Force Medal of Honor recipients Dec. 9 in New York City.
To view article, follow link:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vernon Morgan Obituary

MORGAN, Vernon, 77, of Cynthiana, Ky., died Saturday, November 28, 2009, at the Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana. He was born April 11, 1932, in Hamilton County, Fla., a son of the late Odus and Mattie Allen Morgan. Mr. Morgan was retired from the U.S. Air Force, was a sport parachute instructor for the Air Force Academy and was a private pilot. A son, Michael Eugene Morgan, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Floyd Morgan; sons, Francis Clayton Morgan of Va., Stephen Arnold Morgan of New Mexico, David Keith Morgan of Florida, and Michael Edwin Morgano of Idaho; daughters, Regina Lynn Carter of Arizona and April Morgan Morris of Cynthiana; 14 grandchildren and three great-grand-children. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m.

Wednesday December 2, 2009, at the Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. www.drake

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Assault Zone Personnel

Positions located at Cannon AFB, New Mexico
Project Manager: Roger Hoggatt (575) 693-2071

To qualify, candidates must have:
• At least 4 years experience performing of ALZ/DZ/HLZ duties as a Combat Controller
• 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 ALZ/DZ/HLZ 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

Akima 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. To apply to this opportunity where you can join a growing company, please send your resume to


All DOD ID card holders interested in employment in the Hurlburt Field area are invited to an Employment Opportunity Presentation hosted by Team B3H, a prime awardee of the HQ AFSOC SETA IV Contract

1 Dec 2009 from 1630 - 1900
at the Soundside Club at Hurlburt Field, FL

Presentation begins at 1700
Refreshments provided

Please bring current resumes
Up to 11 different companies will be there to discuss upcoming employment opportunities

If you have any questions, please contact
Jim Connors at (850) 651-3443

Monday, November 23, 2009

Combat Control School Graduation

The Commandant, U.S. Air Force Combat Control School, cordially invites you
to the dinner and graduation ceremony for
Combat Control Apprentice Course
Class 09005
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Social at 1730, Dinner at 1800
Main Buffet Entrée:
Roast Beef
Cost is $24.00 per person
Pope Club
5504 Reilly Road
Pope AFB, North Carolina
R.S.V.P. NLT 20 November 2009
DSN: 424-2811/4555 Comm: (910) 394-2811/4555
Military: Service Dress Civilian: Coat and Tie

Chief Master Sergeant Jonathan G. Rosa Retirement Ceremony

Retirement Ceremony
12 December 2009
at 3:00 P.M.
The 123rd STS invites you to attend a
Retirement Ceremony
In Honor Of
Chief Master Sergeant Jonathan G. Rosa
"Celebrating 26 years in the Air Force"
123d Air Wing, Annex Building, 1101 Grade Lane Louisville, KY 40213
R.s.v.p. by 10 December 2009POC: SMSgt DeSchane502-471-8530
Military: Uniform of the Day Civilian: Business Casual

A reception will follow directly after the ceremony. CMSgt Rosa would like to invite all to his retirement party located at Stooges Bar and Grill later that evening starting at 6 P.M - until?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Program Managers

From the 720 OSS/DO, Maj Daniels

5 x GS-11 Temp Overhire positions will announce on Monday (external announcement). Announcement will only be open from 16-20 Nov 09.
Looking for personnel with ST/PR experience. Personnel will serve as Program Managers for the following areas: Assault Zones, PR, Battlefield Air Operations, Advanced Technology, Current Ops, Employments, Small UAS, and/or Individual Equipment.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Carney on TV Tonight

Col (Ret.) John Carney was interviewed by Greta Van Susteren, from Fox News, about the Eagle Claw mission. The show will air (tonight) November 6th at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) on the "On the Record with Greta" show.

Coach also talked about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Wayne Norrad,
President, CCA

CCT Chief selects

Please congratulate our new CCT Chiefs.

CMS (Sel.) Sean Gleffe Combat Control School
CMS (Sel.) Carlos Neris 23 STS
CMS (Sel.) Mark Smith 320 STS

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

24th Civilian Green Team Instructor

The 24th STS is looking to hire 3 former CCT civilians. Preferably ex-24th guys who have had or can obtain a TS. Has experience or knowledge of the 24th mission. Has the right aptitude to instruct fairly experienced Green Team OTC candidates as well as experienced in training trip and exercise planning.

Green Team is currently a satellite team from the main squadron. We are the lead team to move out to the Aberdeen Training Facility on the far western edge of the Ft. Bragg ranges, so it is much more advantageous to live in the Southern Pines area, (which is just a few minutes away from work), rather than the Fayetteville area, (for those of you for whom that would be a major drawback associated w/ the job).

The positions will be GS-12 positions coupled w/ Premium pay.

If interested contact our recruiting cell at

Hop out.
Rick K. Hopfauf
Green Team Program Manager
Fax 910-243-4491
Fax DSN 383-4491
Com. 910-243-2205
DSN 383-2205
Red 3-2141
Cell 910-401-7915
24 STS Recruit Webpage:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Afghanistan Chopper Crash

"Many of you are probably wondering if CCT lost anyone on the helicopter crash in Afghanistan recently. I'm happy to report that we did not. We did have a SOWT brother involved, but his injuries are minor cuts and bruises... thank God for that. Please remember our Army comrades who did go down in the crash. We pray for their families and friends".

Wayne Norrad
President, CCA

Jerry Bennett Remembrance

It was 23 years ago today, 27 October 1986, that Technical Sergeant Jerome E. Bennett was fatally injured during a training parachute deployment while assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. Jerry was conducting a high-altitude freefall jump with the Army's Delta Force when he had a parachute malfunction and died shortly after impacting the ground under a partially deflated parachute canopy.

The Combat Control Association continues to honor Jerry by sponsoring an award in his name. The TSgt Jerome E. Bennett Award is presented at the Combat Control School graduations to the Combat Control School student who best exemplifies the attributes of Technical Sergeant Jerome E. Bennett, namely, that of being a team player, continually putting others ahead of himself; keeping the team together, and striving for mission

Not only was Jerry a "plank holder" at the 24 STS, he was also the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 165-pound class boxing champion in 1977.

He was a great person, Combat Controller, champion and awesome teammate!

This day in our CCT history, 23 years ago, was a sad one... we lost Jerry Bennett.

Wayne Norrad
President, CCA

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brothers in Arms March

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Five states, 12 men, 13 batons, 24 pairs of boots, 600 pounds carried more than 800 miles all traveled for one cause: honoring special tactics Airmen who sacrificed their lives in combat.
Special tactics Airmen from here and across the special operations forces community embarked on a 10-day memorial rucksack march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field.
Clink link for article:

CCT Opening

Can you guys spread the word out.

1 opening here at Hurlburt. USA jobs "Operations Support Specialist" closes 23 Oct. GS 11 Hire in Nov.

Job Openinig number:

Several positions are opening in Cannon pay is in the 70’s. Roger Hoggat is the POC for Cannon.

He is on the global.

Dewayne Morey

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CCT Memorial Service

HURLBURT FIELD — Tears were wiped away as fallen airmen were remembered and honored Saturday afternoon.

More than 500 gathered while winds blew at the Combat Control Association’s annual memorial service to honor fallen airmen, and especially Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, whose name was added to the Combat Control Association’s memorial.

Go to link below for full story:

Friday, October 16, 2009

24 Position

The 24th STS Black Team has one contractor position in need of being filled immediately.

There is a potential for as many as 12 more to be filled as we grow into a Group.

What we are looking for is:
Preferably a former 24th CCT w/ good survey skills.
Secondly a former non-24th CCT w/ same.

Preferably, they need to either have a TS currently or w/in the last 10 yrs.
Secondly, they can obtain one, (no financial or legal history which wouldn't allow this).

Recruit e-mail is:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CCA Reunion Schedule Change

Reunion Goers!

We’ve made a last minute revision to the reunion schedule for Saturday the 17th. We’ve switched the times for the business meeting and the memorial.

The Memorial service will take place at 1300 instead of in the morning. And the business meeting will now be held at 0900 Saturday morning. The locations remain the same; only the times have changed. So mark your schedules accordingly.

This is just another example of the great flexibility CCT has always shown.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


ST Family,
Last night we were notified that SSgt Robert Gutierrez of the 21 STS Team was wounded when his team came under attack by small arms and RPG fire. He suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest. Overall he is doing well and is very stable. He is up and about and in good spirits and very motivated to get started on his recovery.

Please keep GZ and his family in your prayers for a quick recovery.

Deputy Commander, 720 STG

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tim Davis/Special Tactics Memorial March

Update at link below:

Hello all. Well, we are less than a week out and I want to thank all of you that have supported our efforts thus far. For those of you that do not know what we are about to embark upon please read on for a short synopsis. For more detailed info visit our official website at

Our team is honoring SSgt Tim Davis and the other men of Combat Control/Special Tactics that have made the ultimate sacrifice by making a little trek. Tim Davis lost his life in the line of duty February 20, 2009. Tim was a true selfless hero and the consummate quiet professional.

The idea for the event came from a similar movement that some of you might remember. A 600 mile run event that took place in 1999 was a great success in which a team of 10 Air Force Special Operations Command folks ran in support of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Ret CMSgt Wayne Norrad pointed us in the right direction for our own version of a similar event and we were off.

Six teams of two men will relay from San Antonio, TX, to Ft Walton Bch, FL. We depart Medina Annex 6 Oct 09 at around 0500 and hope to arrive at the Special Tactics Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field FL, by 1500 on the 16th of October. This will be a road march with ruck sacks (hiking packs) and will be carrying 50 pounds each.

Why would we possibly think that we can take 12 men and walk 824 miles across the South East United States in 10 days? Has any of us attempted anything like this before? No… And to be honest, I am not sure that we are going to finish this journey with all that start. But what I can guarantee is that we will make every effort to honor our fallen brothers to the best of our ability. We will have our brothers there guiding us in the early morning hours and into the late nights.

To honor Tim and the other 11 Special Tactics operators that have fallen, our team will carry batons (made by our very own Al Hooper) that represent those men that are no longer with us. These batons will be handed off to the Special Tactics Training Squadron to be displayed in their hall of heroes. The other Combat Control members that we are honoring are Derek Argel, John Chapman, Casey Crate, Jeremy Fresques, Will Jefferson, Scott Sather and Adam Servias. Special Tactics Pararescuemen that are also being honored are Scott Duffman, Will Mc Daniel, Jason Cunningham and Juan Ridout. These men are truly missed in our ranks and we are honored to raise awareness of their sacrifice.

After much jockeying around deployments, injuries and just plain determination, our final team make up is Sam Schindler, Ken Huhman, Tony Travis, Chris Grove, Joe Hepler, Ryan Carter, Ashley Spurlin, Adam Malson, Jesse Schrader, Dave White, Pat Barnett and Tim Hoye.

First thoughts were a simple 6 man team taking individual legs across the route with very little support and the event being pretty low key. There was much more interest of involvement than expected and the level of volunteers to support has been incredible. We have people taking time out of their busy schedules to take 10 whole days to remember our fallen and spread the word about our warriors in the field. This event is permissive TDY for those supporting us and those participating. I am amazed at all the effort we have seen across the spectrum of local and military communities.

I assure you that this will be a great event and a challenge for us all. I hope to see all of you at the reunion and we appreciate any support that you may give us on our travels or through donations on our website.

Sam Schindler

More info about this operation:

CCT @ The Eye of the Storm

CCT @ The Eye of the Storm (EOS) Mission Complete - On 26 September, 2009 I delivered the last of more than 550 books to the US Post Office. The final group included eight boxes of books headed to APO AA, AE, and AP addresses.

I have a minor concern for the APO group as the books may be delayed by surface delivery regulations. According to the Post Office, it could take 30-days or more for delivery. But keep the faith, “they're in the mail.”

The following are some facts that may be of interest.

The LARGEST ORDER came from the 720th Special Tactics Group. It was a consolidated order of 55 books compiled by LTC Jerry Kung (LM-524). Mike McRenyolds (LM-173), of Sgt Mac's Bar was a close second with an order of more than 50 books. My special thanks to these dedicated Combat Controllers.

The MOST DISTANT ORDER came from Richard Connell (LM-853) in Canberra, Australia. Richard is an instructor in an Australian Military Academy.

BOOK DELIVERY - I am 99% certain that everyone will have their book(s) by 1 November 2009.

If you have not gotten your book by 1 November, let me know. I will make arrangements to send another.

FUTURE BOOK SALES – I will have book signing sessions at the CCT Reunion, 14-18 October and the Airlift Tanker Association Reunion, in Nashville, 28-30 October. At both events, books will be on sale at the discounted price of $50.00 each.

Books are still available at .

COMBAT CONTROL SUPPORT – It is impossible to properly thank everyone in the CCT Community for their outstanding support of the CCT History Book Project. Without your generous support, the EOS would not have seen the light of day.

REUNION - I hope to see all of you at the Combat Control Association Reunion, Fort Walton Beach Ramada, 14 October 2009.

GENE ADCOCK (Ak)(352) 391-1269 Cell (352)255-81561027
Isle of Palms Path,
The Villages, FL 32162

Dear Ron,
Hello all,I just got off the phone with Gene Adcock. I wanted tell him that I got my books and what a beautiful book it is! He told me that no payment was necessary due to the Sgt. Mac's bar fundraiser. To all of you that contributed to our families getting a copy of this special gift, thank you. To Gene, thanks for all of your hard work. We only wish we could be there at the reunion to have it signed in person.

Thank you again! Deb

Monday, September 28, 2009

Steve's S.O.S. for SOWF

Just like an old buddy who you haven't heard from for a while, asking for dough. Well it's for a good cause. You may have seen on the CCA site, thanks to Ron, that I did a pretty challenging triathlon in the Catskill Mtns while raising money for SOWF. It's went fairly well. I managed to finish though continually adjusting my time goal through-out the day.

More importantly I needed to raise my fundraising goal because of generous donations from a mix of family, troopers, wife's co-workers, ex-ccter's. Even though Bob Martens mistakenly typoed a couple of zeros onto his donation, it definitely raised the bar. (Truly Bob that was much appreciated & served as a big motivator).

Since a few donations have come in since the race and we're nearing the $5000 mark, the site will stay open for a few more days.

So jump on! You can check it out at

Either way it felt good to say hey.

sjb 518-221-5266

Joe Orr has passed

Sadly, we just received word that retired CCT Joseph G. Orr (MSgt), CCA LM-113, finally lost his long battle with cancer and passed away on Friday night. I don’t have any more details at this time but will try and keep everyone posted as we learn more. Joe had been sick for some time but it is still a great loss to his family and the CCA. His friends were trying to figure out a way to get him down here for the reunion one last time but I guess God had other plans.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Combat Control Reunion Schedule

Wednesday – 14 October 2009
Registration 1200 – 1800
Hospitality Suite 1600 – 2200

Thursday – 15 October 2009
Special Tactics Display & Brief 1000
CMSgt Ramos Retirement 1200
CCA Barbeque 1300
Registration 1000 – 1800
Hospitality Suite 1700 – 2200
Country Store 1600 – 2000

Friday – 16 October 2009
Golf Tournament 0800
Ruck March Presentation 1500
Poker Tournament 1700 – 2300
Registration 1200 – 2200
Hospitality Suite 1200 – 2200
Country Store 1200 – 2000

Saturday – 17 October 2009
CCT Memorial Service 1000
CCA Business Meeting 1300
Banquet Check-In Start 1700
Cocktail hour 1730
CCA Banquet 1830
Registration 0900 – 1200
Hospitality Suite 1500 – 1730 & After Banquet
Country Store 1200 – 1700 & After Banquet

Sunday - 18 October 2009
Departure Day

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CCT Employment Opportunity

Dalpar Corporation is interested in hiring retired and about to retire CCT guys.

Go to this link for more information:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chapman/Cunningham Honor Ride 11 Sept 09

Ceremony for Chapman/Cunningham Honor Ride is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 0903 at the Hurlburt Field Air Park.

A Memorial 5K Run is also taking place starting at 0746 at the same location.

Show early to register for the 5K run.

Donations accepted to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Another CCT has passed

Paul Van Heffron
E-mail Visit Guest Book
Paul Van Heffron 1961-2009 Paul Van Heffron, 48 years old, was born May 27, 1961 at St. Anne's on the Sea, in England, and died at home in Boise, Idaho, on Aug. 23, 2009. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him, none more than his loving wife, Julie, and beautiful daughter, Sam. Paul met his future wife and forever soul mate, Julie, in November of 1991. Samantha Josephine completed their family with her joyfully anticipated arrival in October of 2007. Paul's passion for travel and adventure began during his tour of duty with the United States Air Force in 1981. He served as a Special Forces Combat Controller and was honorably discharged in 1987. Afterwards Paul continued to pursue his love of travel while working for an oil exploration company in such interesting places as Asia, Africa and South America. Second only to fatherhood was Paul's passion for free flight. He loved to compete in long-distance paragliding competitions all over the region and did so for many years. Paul was a kind and giving soul, a loving husband, and a gifted father. According to Julie, "Words cannot express the connection Paul had with Sam." He was exceedingly intuitive about her feelings; he could calm her, and had a sixth sense about what she needed, long before she was able to communicate. In keeping with his free spirit, love of travel, and sense of adventure, Paul's ashes will be released in flight, joined with the wind once again. We will shelter you forever with our love, Julie and Sam.

Published in Idaho Statesman on September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pope/Bragg: AF Civilian Instructor (Combat Control School) GS-1712-11 Announcement

To All: Request your assistance in flowing the CCS Instructor position announcement below to all interested parties, Special Tactics, boards, websites, and info shares.

We are working to fill (1) position vacancy at the Pope/Bragg - CCT School.

The announcement for the above mentioned position open 9/2/2009 and close 9/21/09

Below are the application instructions:
1. The announcement is located on USAJOBS website at

2. Enter either of the (2) numbers below into the "What" box
The announcement number is AFPC-281457-708446-JJM USAJOBS Control Number is 1665290

3. Push the "Run Search" Button

4. Once the "No Match" page comes up, refer to the "Public or Status" section of the page (Top Left corner), and click on the "Status" Button....which will direct you to another page with the Position Link. Use the position link to apply for the position.

Other notes:
1. Remember to upload DD214 - Copy #4 (when avail), Transcripts (Associates Degree or higher required), Resume, VA 30% DV Certification (if applic).

2. Following completion of your application, forward me copies of the attachments listed above --- which will enable us to cross check the AFPC referral listing for completeness.

Please reply via e-mail if any questions arise.

Thanks for your assistance,
Scott Migdalski
342d TRS

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mrs. Gabriel’s Service Information

Monday, August 17,2009, Sue Gabriel Passed away. Her service will be held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach Florida.

The Viewing will be between 11 to 1 with the service to follow.

She will be buried at Beal Cemetery.

Please do not hesitate to call if you need further information 850-651-0017


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sponsorship Request

I'm raising money for Special Operations Warrior Foundation - please make a donation by visiting my Firstgiving page:

I'm doing a pretty challenging triathlon in September while trying to raise some money for SOWF. If you could please pass this info along, I would greatly appreciate it.

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to Special Operations Warrior Foundation by Firstgiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation.

Please send my page on to anyone who might like to donate!


*** About donating online ***
It's very easy to support Steven online - visit: to make a donation.

It takes a matter of minutes, is totally secure and you can even leave a message with your donation.


Heritage Cycles Harley-Davidson

Presents the
All proceeds donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to benefit the education of the children of our Fallen Military Heroes.


Event begins & ends at Heritage Cycles H-D, Ft. Walton Beach
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. / Depart at 9:30 a.m.
Entry fee $10 per person
Door prizes and 50/50 drawing
Award for Largest Participating Club and Largest Participating H.O.G. Chapter
Hot dogs and Sodas available after the ride at Heritage

Door Prizes and 50/50 awarded at 1:00 pmGift certificates from Heritage Cycles Harley-Davidson

For more info or to provide donations contact
Sam Smith at 850-651-9702 or Heritage Cycles H-D at 850-862-4706

Visit for additional chapter information
*Chance to win requires purchase of $10.00 raffle ticket
Disclaimer: A parent or guardian must accompany all minors. You must be a paid participant to collect any winnings to include door prizes.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Range Control Officer

Company looking to fill the position of Range control Officer for its New Mexico contract. Pay 65k. For job description and info log onto , click careers,current openings, then Range Control Officer.


Thanks! "Mouse"

Civilian Job Opportunity

Do you know of any operators who are retiring or otherwise leaving Active Duty, or been-retired operators who want a change of pace? I’m in the market to hire one ST-familiar person (GS-12 overhire, 2-yrs) to help with the ST transformation initiatives we’ll be kicking off soon.

KG sends

Thursday, August 6, 2009

High operational tempo at the 125th Special Tactics Squadron; changes in store

One of my favorite guys, Major Dan Schilling, the commander of the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, brought me up to speed on the rapid pace of things happening in his unit of 94 people, which is based at the Portland Airbase.

For complete article click on link:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CCT party at Tan Son Nhut

Bob Reid, FL

maybe somebody you know here?

Riders Loop the Great Northwest

A chance to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the western U.S. while raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation turned out to be an irresistible combination for 18 motorcycle enthusiasts.

Organizers Pam and Rob Pittman say their cohorts included special operators, retired special operators and firefighters from the Portland, Oregon area.

The three day tour started at the capital of Washington state, Olympia then made its way to The Dalles, Oregon where Rob says the VFW and American Legion Posts pulled out all the stops with a beer and bar-b-que bash.

Generous financial support from the Portland Firefighters Association Local 43, the Franz Bakery as well the VFW and American Legion Posts helped keep overhead down and maximize the amount of money donated to SOWF.

When the riding and counting were done, Rob figures donations to the Warrior Foundation will total about $4,000.

Good friends, a great ride and a wonderful cause to support adds up to a winning combination for the Pittmans, their friends and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Monday, August 3, 2009

CCT WIA - SrA Jeremy King (KG)

SrA King - 320 STS - forward deployed to OEF was “wounded in action” Sunday when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED. Bottom line -- he’ll be OK. We feel very fortunate it wasn't worse for KG, but sadly, SOF suffered 3x casualties as a result of the blast.

Most significant injury: "mild TBI" with "retrograde amnesia," but doc expects a full recovery in a few weeks. He will likely be released from the hospital w/I the next day or two and will remain forward in garrison w/ his ST teammates for 1-2 weeks while he undergoes periodic (every 48 hours) memory testing and combat stress evals.

Please keep him and our lost SF brothers in your thoughts and prayers.

Please forward this on to as many other ST members as you can. Thanks.

TN Sends

Commander, 720 STG

Friday, July 31, 2009

Tim Davis Special Tactics Memorial March

Twelve highly motivated men in two man teams will relay march over 800 miles, across five states, carrying 50 lb. packs and a memorial batons with Staff Sgt Tim Davis's name engraved and the other 11 fallen teammates. U.S. Air Force (USAF) Staff Sgt Tim Davis a USAF Combat Controller was killed in action in Afghanistan on Feburary 20, 2009. This relay is in honor of him and all Special Tactics (ST) teammates who lost their lives in the line of duty, to include Tech Sgt Will Jefferson, and Tech Sgt Scott Duffman. Will Jefferson was killed on March 22, 2008, and Scott Duffman on Feburary 18, 2007. They were selfless heroes who consumate the quiet professional.

Click on link for details:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CCT Passing

Mark S. Conlin
Bucks County Courier Times

Mark S. Conlin of Bensalem died after a long illness Friday July 17, 2009, at Lower Bucks Hospital. He was 56.

Mark worked for Mercedes Benz USA, LLC for 27 years in logistics and distribution, both in Maryland and New Jersey.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and a member of the Air Force Blue Berets. Mark received awards from both Gen. Omar Bradley and Gen. Harold Johnson for his military writings.

Mark enjoyed scrapbooking, baseball, swimming, and roller skating.

He was a member of the Combat Control Team Association.

Survivors include his mother, Henrietta E. Koch Conlin of Maryland; a son, Derek Lee Conlin of North Carolina; his godmother and aunt, Audrey Koch Feathers of New York, and his cousins, Richard, Cynthia, Suzy and Robert Feathers, all of New York.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, followed by services at 5:30 p.m. from Tomlinson Funeral Home, 2207 Bristol Pike, Bensalem. Interment will be held privately.

Memorials in Mark's name may be made to the USO, Dept W.S., P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860. Tomlinson Funeral Home, Bensalem

Had a call last night from the mother of Mark Conlon (sp?). He passed a few days ago at his home in Bensalem, PA and she found my name and number among his things.

While Mark and I didn’t serve on the same teams he called me sometime back because we both lived in PA and there aren’t that many of us ex-CCT’s up this way.

Mrs. Conlon did relate that he had not been well for sometime. The services had already taken place and that he leaves a son.

Don’t have any more details than that but she can be reached at 215 633 0447.

Seems as though the CCA site is being reworked so I’d appreciate it if this could be passed on.


Ronald W. Kosh
Vice President
Public and Government Affairs
AAA Mid-Atlantic
One River Place
Wilmington, DE 19801

Friday, July 17, 2009

Chapman/Cunningham Honor Ride 08 Sept 09


Please ensure widest dissemination. Thanks in advance,

See below IRT the Honor Ride (Bike Ride honoring Chapman & Cunningham):

Tentative schedule:
Depart - Duluth, Georgia on Sept 8 @ 07:00
Arrive - Moody AFB on Sept 9 @ 13:00
Arrive - Hulburt Field on Sept 11 @ 13:00

If you are interested in riding, please contact Mr. Wayne Norrad for details at (Comm)850-884-4246 (DSN)579-4246 or


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brigadier General Michael Longoria Retiring

Our other STO general officer and CCA Life Member; Brigadier General Michael Longoria, is also retiring from the Air Force on 30 July, 2009. His retirement ceremony will take place at Moody AFB, Georgia, shortly after he relinquishes command of the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing.

We wish both he and Judy well in retirement. If he really quits working and doesn’t go to work as a “consultant” of course!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

WinTec Arrowmaker Positions

This notice is provided by the business development staff at WinTec Arrowmaker, Inc. We are looking for resumes from the Special Tactics community for individuals to join our next proposal effort. WinTec is an incumbent DoD prime contractor now supplying services to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) via the Command’s SETA III support contact. Additionally, WinTec is providing UAV experimentation support to USSOCOM and the Naval Post Graduate School. It is at these venues where advanced tactics and technology prototypes are being developed for future missions such as UAS enabled Joint Terminal Attach Control. WinTec is materially committed to these efforts. For the past 11 years WinTec has maintained a Prototype Maintenance Facility (PMF) at Rattlesnake Point (RSP) in Tampa where we are on the cutting edge of this vital mission area and also where USSOCOM’s first UAS operator course was established 11 years ago.

AFSOC’s contracting officer issued a request for proposal (RFP) Wednesday night for the purpose of supporting the 720th Special Tactics Group and its squadrons. WinTec has formed a team specifically designed to win the contract and then provide the very best possible solution in support of a critically important Special Tactics skill set.

According to the draft performance work statement (PWS) issued by the AFSOC contracting officer, the 720th STG is looking for:

“Contractors will provide necessary assistance in managing programs and producing Combat Mission Ready (CMR) JTAC and SUAS operators, instructors and evaluators. Overall, the 720th Special Tactics Group requires contracted JTAC and SUAS program managers to support Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) program management, training, and production of JTACs and SUAS operators.”

The draft RFP further implies that this support and personnel will be needed at the following locations: Hurlburt, Ft Benning, Pope, McChord, Kadena, and Mildenhall.

It appears that AFSOC’s intent is to award the contract to a Small Business (SB) Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) company. WinTec qualifies for this classification and more importantly is a mature, vetted, compliant team possessing the know-how to win and a history of doing so in the Special Operations and AFSOC community. We know from considerable experience that a winning proposal must demonstrate a certified large volume of past contract performance; clearly define management processes and prove its capacity for enterprise management; identify, analyze and mitigate program risk; develop and deliver a historically audited and competitive rate and cost structure; and finally describe a clear technical approach to meeting the requirements implicit in the needs of the Government client.

The WinTec Arrowmaker Team is made up of WinTec, MacAulay-Brown (MacB), and Determinative Consulting Associates and Professional Services (DCAPS).

Should you have skills or a recent history of contribution relevant to the JTAC/SUAS skill set and would like to join our team, please send a resume to If you are a leader with thoughts or ideas about the most effective way to train and sustain this vital capability, please send a brief note to so that our program developers can contact you.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Lost Brother

To All
It’s my sad duty to tell you that our CCT Brother, Tom Laney (CCA LM-338), finally lost his long battle with cancer and passed away last night. He was my good friend for almost 40 years and I will truly miss him and his sense of humor.

The following comes from his wife Judy:

We lost Tom last night. He is now in a peaceful place. I'm a little raw right now and need time to get myself together and then get through a service next week. Please pass the word to people who would want to know. I would love to talk with many of you down the road - but will need some time to pass first. Tom had a great group of wonderful friends. He was a lucky guy Judy

Tom’s funeral is to be July 15th at 12:00 PM in Anchorage Alaska(I don’t have the exact funeral site) and will be followed at 1:30 PM by a Celebration of his Life at the Mountain View VFW (Post 10252), also in Anchorage.

For anyone wishing to attend the funeral from out of state, Emmett Heidemann has offered to help with arranging quarters at Ft Richardson or Elmendorf AFB or providing a ride to/from the airport if needed. He can be reached at (907) 694-4497 or at He can also provide more details on the funeral and celebration sites if you plan on attending.

They’ve asked that in lieu of flowers you make a contribution towards a memorial brick in Tom’s memory to be placed at the Combat Control School. Forward your contributions to me and I will consolidate them and purchase the brick. Any excess funds received will be contributed to the Combat Control School Association on behalf of Tom and Judy Laney.

Mail contributions to:
Allen Hooper
6853 Calle De Cortez Ct
Navarre, FL 32566


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Can you please get this to all CCT retired. It is a link for a job at the 24 STS.

CMSgt Hoye

Tuesday, June 30, 2009






4. POC IS HQ AFPC/DPSIDR, 550 C STREET WEST STE 12, RANDOLPH AFB TX 8150-4714, DSN 665-4512/4513.


Link to article from Air Force Times:

Saturday, June 27, 2009



Glacier Technologies has an immediate opening for an experienced/retired CCT member at Little Rock AFB, AR, as an Assualt Zone Operator.

Must be able to pass and maintain a FAA Class II physical and be able to lift 65 lbs.

If interested in working for an exciting company which takes care of their own, please contact Mr. John Scanlon at 501-658-2486 or email:

thanks and take care,
John J. Scanlon Cell 501-658-2486

Thursday, June 4, 2009

SgtMac’sBar Carnival Cruise

A 7 day Western Caribbean Extravaganza and the party starts at the Tampa CCT Bon Voyage party the day before. We’re also going to meet Ray Cameron (CCT) at Isla Roatan, along with Ken Rodriguez and Bob Swisher.

Follow this link to join Mac on this CCT party cruise:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Building the Iraqi Air Force: Learning From Tragedy

Five years ago, the Iraqi Air Force consisted of 35 officers and warrant officers and no planes.The process of growing an Air Force has been filled with accomplishments and setbacks.

The process of growing an Air Force has been filled with accomplishments and setbacks. One setback occurred May 30, 2005, when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission, killing all five airmen (four U.S. Air Force and one Iraqi Air Force) onboard.

Link to this article:

CCT Services, LLC AFSOC JTAC-SUAS Contract!

Going For It: AFSOC JTAC-SUAS Contract!
(Full announcement available at
CCT Services, LLC, the only company exclusively dedicated to Combat Control/Special Tactics operations, is going to be bidding on the above contract. It is to provide JTAC-SUAS training and support to STS squadrons and select 720 STG units.

What AFSOC wants:
Provide the necessary services to support AFSOC squadron JTAC and SUAS programs in program management, training, simulator operations and equipment management.
Duty locations will be at 17 ASOS, 21 STS, 22 STS, 23 STS, 24 STS, 320 STS & 321 STS. Provide JTAC PM & CAS simulator operations to 720 OSS, and SUAS program management to 10 CWS.

Gentlemen, it’s a lot of work, but could be fun!

What we’re looking for:
Overall Program Manager: Provide management of all sites.
JTAC Program Manager (Site Manager)
JTAC Instructor
JTAC Standards and Evaluations Evaluator
Chief JTAC Instructor and Chief Stan Eval (S/E)
SUAS Program Manager
SUAS Pilot
SUAS Instructor
SUAS Simulator Operator

We’re looking for experience, not rank. CCT is a small, elite brotherhood and the network is extensive. Recommendations, referals and your complete resumes is what we need.
Pay will be based on experience; relocation to overseas locations will be provided, CONUS will be as required; all other benefits offered, i.e.(Medical, 401(k), etc, will be offered.

Send resumes to

POCs: Tim Arcadi,

Roger Hoggatt,


We’re a small company, but we’re a small CCT company.

Monday, June 1, 2009

WIA - SSgt Esposito

It is with sad news that I report we had yet another wounded operator last week. SSgt Mark Esposito of the 21 STS Team. He was wounded when the GMV he was riding in was struck by an IED. He's in tact and overall -- doing pretty well. His injuries include head and facial trauma, broken lower back, broken legs and feet. He was flown to Walter Reed yesterday where he was greeted by fellow teammates from the Pope team.

He's in good spirits and very motivated to get started on his recovery.

When he came to after surgery in Afghan, first two things he asked of Lt Col Martin were: "how were his teammates and when could he go back to the field." I tell you that just to illustrate how strong he is and what kind of people we have in STS.

Thanks for all you are doing... what ever and where ever it is you do for ST. You are all important -- period.

Please keep Mark and his folk's in your prayers.

TN Sends

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Scott Giuliani Memorial Service-31 May

We regret to tell you our good friend and retired (medically retired) 24th Combat Controller Scott Giuliani succumbed to Cancer Friday afternoon. We are using our phone roster to make verbal notifications, but as a secondary method, would like to pass along to you the details of his memorial service and wake this Sunday, 31 May.

Memorial Service @ Freedom Biker Church on 31 May @ 1100 (church opens at 1000)

Freedom Biker Church
275-A Bowling Spring Dr
Angier, NC

Wake @ O'Quinn Peebles Funeral Home on 31 May from 1800-2000

O'Quinn Peebels Funeral Home
1310 South Main Street
Lillington, NC

Please keep Scott, Lori, and his collective family in your prayers as we go through this difficult time.

VR, Kurt Buller

Friday, May 29, 2009

Scott Giuliani Benefit Ride

Hey guys,
one of the 24th's recent medically retired warriors has been fighting galliantly against Metastatic Melanoma Cancer for some time now and it doesn't look good for his outlook. We just got the bad news about the turn in his condition, (He has been spending lots of time up at Duke Medical Center), and just prior to learning of this news, there had been an organized bike ride/benefit for him and his wife planned for Saturday, June 13th. If you are in our area and want to ride, (probably cannot read the poor quality scan from my home computer), but it starts @ Ray Price HD in Raleigh, (registration 9-1000, $10 per rider), goes for appetizers & door prizes @ Freedom Biker Church and then concludes @ the new Ole Time BBQ on Hwy 401. There will be food, prizes and from 1200- 1600 live bands.

I am checking into how to get donations to/ his church and will have a follow-up e-mail when I get address/ and/or e-address to send donations to, but the checks will be made out to the Freedom Biker Church.

Now more than ever, if guys can, please donate so we can help out his wife. She has really been a true-to-form awsome controller's wife through this all.
Until the next send,

Hop out.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wounded Controller

On 20 May SSgt Joe Byrne from the 21 STS was wounded in combat. First, he is doing well after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck. He was very fortunate and will make a full recovery. The 21 STS did an excellent job of getting him back to the states to convalesce. Please keep Joe and his family in your thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.

Best regards,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Range Control Officer (RCO) Position

AHNTECH Inc. has an immediate opening for a Range Control Officer. The duty location is Melrose Bombing Range, 3771 Sundale Valley Road, Floyd, New Mexico 88118.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Range Control Officer (RCO)

SUMMARY: To insure safety on the Range. The RCO exercises authority over all range operations including the conduct of aircraft, vehicle, and ground personnel.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIUES: The primary responsibility of the RCO is the control of the range operations in accordance with all applicable regulations, and to prevent or eliminate unsafe practices through close supervision of range operational missions and related ground support. RCOs shall be responsible for the control of all flight and ground operations whenever aircraft operations are being conducted. RCOs must be continually aware of the requirement for effective and efficient mission accomplishment within the confines of flying and ground safety and range capabilities. In addition, RCOs must use good judgment and common sense while controlling aircraft. Additionally, RCOs are the final authority during all range operations.

RCOs will assist in the decontamination of the range to include, but not limited to, picking up EOD cleared expended ordnance. RCOs shall also perform target construction, target replacement, roads and grounds maintenance, vegetation control, housekeeping and other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: RCOs must possess prior military experience in the tactical air delivery of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions. Or military/civilian experience in managing, supervising or controlling of air operations in a military or conventional/tactical range environment. Or military/civilian experience in managing, supervising or controlling air operations in a military airfield environment that includes tactical fighter operations. They must be able to read, write, and understand English and interpret USAF directives, instructions, and forms. RCOs must be able to operate UHF, VHF, CB, FM, LMR and telephonic two-way communications equipment. Also, RCOs must possess working knowledge of range scoring systems, range target systems, and emergency response actions. They must possess familiarity with the general classes/types of aircraft, ordnance expected to be employed at the range, and with the general classes/types of pattern deliveries that may be employed. In addition, RCOs must possess the ability to assimilate a wide array of information in a dynamic environment and respond with sound decisions and judgment, while adhering to established practices and procedures. Moreover, they must be able to obtain the appropriate security clearance.

Physical requirements include: vision correctable to 20/20 and the ability to distinguish primary colors; must have good depth perception; must have full use of hands, arms, and legs; possess normal hearing and a clear English-speaking voice; must be able to climb steps equal to a height of 120 feet in a reasonable time; required to lift dead weights up to 60 pounds and able to maintain civilian and government driver’s license(s).

Send completed AHNTECH application form available at to ASAP. For additional information call Tony Mahan at (575) 784-6659.

Company looking for CCT

Be advised that this announcement is for a ‘possible’ contract that will be awarded sometime in the future. This announcement is preliminary in nature. BLUF-We are looking to see if the CCT pool is deep enough to support this effort.

We are looking for either former or retired CCT/JTAC/TAC-P personnel.
The contract is for personnel to be stationed CONUS.
Relocation assistance is TBD.
Salary is to be determined upon job position and skill sets.
Degree requirement and years of experience can be waived upon justification.

One--- (E-8/E-9/O-3) to be the Program Manager—CCT qualifications are required

Job duties to include:
Coordinates and monitors the scheduling, and technical performance of company programs. Responsibilities also include: Developing new business and expanding the product line. Ensures adherence to master plans and schedules, develops solutions to program problems, and directs work of incumbents assigned to program from various departments. Ensures projects are completed on time and within budget. Acts as advisor to program team regarding projects, tasks, and operations. Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within functional areas of responsibility to support range/UAS operations shall include pre-mission, mission, and post-mission duties; malfunction/accident/ incident response; ALZ/DZ/HLZ surveying; ALZ/DZ/HLZ operations training of Air Force personnel; target acquisition, and UAS ground observer duties. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complex tasks. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Reports to Director of Operations.

One--- (E-8/E-9/O-3) to be the Program Supervisor— CCT qualifications are required
Job duties to include
Coordinates and monitors the scheduling and technical performance of company programs. Develops new business and expands product line. Ensures adherence to master plans and schedules and develops solutions to program problems. Requires a bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within functional areas of responsibility to support range/UAS operations shall include pre-mission, mission, and post-mission duties; malfunction/accident/ incident response; ALZ/DZ/HLZ surveying; ALZ/DZ/HLZ operations training of Air Force personnel; target acquisition, and UAS ground observer duties. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complex tasks. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Reports to the Program Manager.

14 –--(E-5/E-6/E-7/E-8/E-9/O-2/O-3) personnel to be Support/Training personnel--- CCT/JTAC/TAC-P qualifications are required

Researches and develops training programs for an organization. Develops methods and materials for training staff and may prepare curriculum such as lectures, ideas for group discussions, demonstrations, and workshops. Evaluates training delivery, measures results, and recommends program changes. Must stay abreast of new training methods and determine relevancy. Requires a bachelor's degree in a related area and at least 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The functional areas of responsibility is to support range/UAS operations shall include pre-mission, mission, and post-mission duties; malfunction/accident/ incident response; ALZ/DZ/HLZ surveying; ALZ/DZ/HLZ operations training of Air Force personnel; target acquisition, and UAS ground observer duties. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Reports to the Program Supervisor.

Thank you again
Ted Vaughen
Operations Officer
Dalpar Corporation
Office: 850.362.6426 ext 202
Cell: 850.797.8171
On the web at:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Job Announcement for COMBAT CONTROL Training Instructor

Subject: Job Announcement for COMBAT CONTROL Training Instructor (GS-1712-11) at Pope AFB

To All: Request your assistance in flowing the Combat Control School Instructor position announcement below to all interested parties, Special Tactics, Special Ops, and Rescue Blog's, boards, websites, and info shares.

This is a Perm Position, GS-1712-11.

Below are the application instructions:

The announcement for this position will be open 11-21 May.

The USAJOBS announcement number is - 234760

1. Go to USAJOBs Site via

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

(If you instead used the "Search Jobs" Tab, check "Yes" button for Vet's Pref)

3. Click the "Search" Button and the Instructor position will appear in the listing (2d page, 8th listing from the top -- correlating to Pope AFB - under the "Location" column), click the link to apply for the position. This is a general instructor ad used for several types of Instructor Positions.

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

5. Following completion of your application, forward me copies of the attachments listed above --- which will enable us to cross check the AFPC referral listing for completeness.

Please reply via e-mail if any questions arise.

Thanks for your assistance,

Scott Migdalski
342d TRS

Monday, April 27, 2009

Combat Control School Training Developer

Combat Control School Trng Developer YA-1750-02, w/duty @
Pope AFB, NC.

To All: Request your assistance in flowing the Combat Control Training Developer position (at Pope AFB) announcement below to all interested parties, Training Specialists, Instructional Systems Specialists, Special Tactics, and Rescue Blog's, boards, websites, and info shares.

This is a Term Hire Position Not to Exceed (5) years.

Below are the application instructions:

The announcement for this position will close on 5/6/09.

The USAJOBS announcement number is - AFPC 234635

1. Go to USAJOBs Site via

2. At the home page, place this info in the "What" block;
AFPC 234635

3. Click the "Search" Button and the Instructional Systems Specialist position will appear on page 2 of the listing (Location: Pope), click the link to apply for the position. The Ad is very general and makes no mention of the CCT School

4. Remember to upload DD214 - Copy #4 (when avail), Transcripts (Bachelors Degree w/at least 24 hours in Ed/Trng required), Resume, VA30% DV Certification (if applic).

5. Following completion of your application, forward me copies of the attachments listed above --- which will enable us to cross check the AFPC referral listing for completeness.

Please reply via e-mail if any questions arise.

Thanks for your assistance,

Scott Migdalski
342d TRS

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

2009 CCA Reunion Schedule

Here’s the preliminary schedule for the 2009 CCA Reunion, Ft Walton Beach, Fl. Since we’ve moved the dates a bit from previous reunions, we wanted everyone to know what events are planned and about when they will happen. We are still trying to put together a Mash event for the athletic ones among us. We’ll let everyone know those details when we figure them out. Exact event locations are still subject to a small bit of change. More to follow later…HR

Wednesday – 14 October – Arrival Day
Registration open at 1200. Daily hours still TBD
Hospitality Suite open at 1600. Daily hours still TBD

Thursday – 15 October
Special Tactics Display & Brief 1000
CCA Barbeque 1300
Country store will open the 15th and be open every day, hours TBD

Friday – 16 October
Golf Tournament 0800
2nd Annual CCA Memorial Poker Tournament 1700

Saturday – 17 October
CCT Memorial Service 1000
CCA Business Meeting 1300
CCA Banquet 1730

Sunday – 18 October – Departure Day

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Panama City NSA: AF Training Instructor (Dive School) GS-1712-11 Announcement

Request your assistance in flowing the AF Dive Instructor position
announcement below to all interested parties, Special Tactics, and Rescue Blog's, boards, websites, and info shares.

We are working to fill (2) position vacancies at the Panama City Naval Support Activity.

Below are the application instructions:

The announcement for the above mentioned positions will open 4/17/2009 and close 4/23/09.

The USAJOBS announcement number is - AFPC254243GS-1712-11/11ESS

1. Go to USAJOBs Site via

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

3. Click the "Search" Button and the Dive Instructor position will
Appear in the listing (While the Location if the position is listed as
Tyndall AFB, the actual location is Panama City Naval Support Activity at the Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center), click the link to apply for the position.

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

5. Following completion of your application, forward me copies of the attachments listed above --- which will enable us to cross check the AFPC referral listing for completeness.

Please reply via e-mail if any questions arise.

Thanks for your assistance,
Scott Migdalski
342d TRS

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BG Holmes Retirement Ceremony

Retired General Dwayne Cassidy has agreed to officiate Bob's (BG Holmes) retirement on Friday June 5th at MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida. (He is 18 days short of 31 years) Details will follow.

Events before and after. The usual.(Although we hope to make it unusually wonderful) I would love mailing addresses from you as I compile lists for those who desire to be here. Takes time. Help me????????????

Please pass to anyone to have the FYI. I am sure official invites will come however I am always better if I know weeks earlier than I typically get the news. Gotta plan you know?

All FYI. Do let us hear, especially if you want to be here and need to be cleared onto Base.

Best, Colleen

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tribute To Our Troops

May 23rd, 2009, A "Tribute To Our Troops" in Solvang, Ca. The event will be held from 11:00-5:00. This is a fundraiser for Special Ops Warrior Foundation and a tribute to our fallen, our Vets and our active duty. Ms. Bo Derek is our honorary chair, for all of the work she does for our families and our wounded. We will have a memorial BBQ, tribute tables, music, military static displays in the parking area, an auction, etc. We hope that all in our area can join us for this event.

Thanks, Deb Argel-Bastian and Todd Bastian

Debbie Argel-Bastian, Proud mom of Capt. Derek Argel

For the children of fallen Special Ops

Employment Opportunity from DCAPS

In order to support AFSOC’s JTAC and SUAS programs, DCAPS Inc. is now accepting resumes for the following positions:
JTAC program management,
SUAS program management,
SUAS equipment management,
CAS/SUAS simulator operation,

Location of work; Hurlburt Field, FL; Ft. Benning, GA; Pope AFB, NC; McChord AFB, WA; RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Kadena AB, Japan, and other locations as required.

If you have an interest and the qualifications to work “with” DCAPS in order to support AFSOC’s JTAC and SUAS programs, then join our team by submitting a resume today!

Please submit all resumes to;

*Note* Specify your area of interest in your email subject line*

Thank you,
The DCAPS Team

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rally Point Management Opportunities Accepting Resumes

Rally Point Management, LLC is currently accepting resumes from former STS and ASOS personnel. Positions are available for both former JTAC qualified personnel as well as support personnel. Successful applicants will be hired to fill numerous positions within the company.

Those interested in applying for a position should contact Andrew Martin at (850) 499-8431, or email at

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Latest on the 3rd Annual North West Ride

After countless hours and much help from SGTMAC and Ol'Sarge here is the latest info for our ride in July. Check out the web page and let me know what you think. Hope to see you all there.

I'm raising money for Special Operations Warrior Foundation - please make a donation by visiting my Firstgiving page:

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to Special Operations Warrior Foundation by Firstgiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation.

Please send my page on to anyone who might like to donate!


Monday, April 6, 2009

BNA Reunion Reminder

Please remind everyone, including Mr. Secretary, that the 14th is the deadline for BNA room reservations. Also if they are not staying at the hotel I still need to know if they are going to the dinner. I have to give the restaurant a head count.

Thanks for all you do.


The Hampton's phone # is 615-771-7225 or 1-800-Hampton, or on-line at http://www.nashvillefranklinsuites.hamptoninn.comm/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Memorial held for Hurlburt Warrior killed in Afghanistan (with VIDEO)

HURLBURT FIELD - They control air and space power in combat and have the swagger and bravado to match the job. But on Monday afternoon, the Warriors wept.

The 23rd Special Tactics Squadron said goodbye to one of their own in a memorial held for Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis.

An IED took Davis' life Feb. 20 near Bagram, Afghanistan. He was 28.
Shortly after his death, a memorial was held in his Montesano, Wash., hometown. But his brothers of the 23rd wanted to honor him in their home.

"He was the best of us in every way," said Sgt. Richard Rodriguez, a close friend who moved up the ranks of the Air Combat Controller (ACC) with Davis.

Click on link for article and video:


Friday, March 20, 2009

SSgt Zach Rhyner Television Interview (LINK ADDED)

FOX-TV will be airing an interview with SSgt Zach Rhyner, the AFSOC Air Force Cross recipient. Sgt Rhyner was interviewed on the Glen Beck Show and, according to the show's producer, will be aired at 2000 local (Central time) on Saturday and Sunday (21-22 Mar 09). There is also a good chance it will be aired at other times to fill in news gaps, but those times are uncertain.

Link to Rhyner interview on Glen Beck Show.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SSGT Zachary Rhyner Air Force Cross Ceremony

Watch part of the ceremony as SSGT Zachary Rhyner is awarded the Air Force Cross and Purple Heart medals. The Air Force Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor.

Click on link below to view video of SSgt Rhyners' Air Force Cross Ceremony, two videos are available on Fayettville Observer homepage:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Air Force Cross ceremony set for Tuesday

The secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday will present the Air Force Cross to a combat controller from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron during a ceremony at Pope Air Force Base.

Michael B. Donley will present Staff Sgt. Zachary J. Rhyner the Air Force’s second highest award for valor in the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Rhyner is being recognized for his actions during combat in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, on April 6.

The Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, will present Rhyner with the Purple Heart for injuries he received during the mission.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

3rd Annual North West Ride

Hey guys, we have finally come up with the dates for our annual ride to help raise money for the SOWF. We made a pretty good showing last year and if you ask anyone who attended they will tell you that it was an awesome experience. We are going to follow the same route but change our holdovers a little, instead of Pt. Townsend on the first night we will be staying in Oak Harbor. Dave Smith is working on contacting the VFW there and try to sit up a bar-b-que/crab feed. Our next stop will be in Winthrope, WA after traversing the North Cascade Hwy. The last stop will be in the Dalles OR. The dates are going to be 23th,24th,and 25th of July. Please pass this on to all of your friends and use me as a contact to get more information out as it comes in. I would like to get an idea how many plan on making it, how many hope to make it, and how many just can't.

Look forward to your replies and hope this catches you in good spirits and health.

Robert Pittman

For more information go to link:

Newest Senior's!

Please join me in passing a big "HooYah and congratulations" to our newest Senior's

MSgt James Remmington 320 STS CCT
MSgt Michael Stockdale 21 STS CCT
MSgt Bill Adams 321 STS CCT
MSgt Doug Moore 342 TRS Dive School CCT

HooYah Team.

TN Sends

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This Day in CCT History

On 28 February 1984, Pararescueman SSgt Scott A. Anderson was killed in a C-130 crash. On board the same C-130 were seven Combat Controllers: Capt. Roderick C. Gress, TSgt Larry A. Rainey, SSgt Victor A. Valley , SSgt Eddy D. Clark, Sgt Emilio F. Martinez, Jr, Sgt Jonathon Goerling, and Sgt Steven M. Ray. The PJ and CCT were on board to conduct a training parachute jump. The C-130E, tail number 68-10944 took off from Zaragoza Spain on a low-level jump training mission. Weather in the area included a 1200 feet ceiling and 6 km visibility. The C-130 struck a mesa near Borja Spain at an elevation of 2200 feet. In addition to the eight jumpers, there were seven crew members, and three passengers for a total of eighteen fatalities. This was the largest loss of Combat Controllers in a single plane crash in the
history of CCT. The cause of the accident was pilot error.

Also, let’s remember this day in history on 4 March 2002 when TSgt John Chapman (CCT) and SrA Jason Cunningham (PJ) were KIA on the Anaconda mission. Both were posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross. We’ll never forget them for being “First There… That Others May Live.”

In loving memory and deepest respect to our fallen brothers,

Wayne Norrad, President
Combat Control Association

Monday, March 2, 2009

CCT Employment Opportunities with DCAPS

DCAPS Inc. is looking for resume’s/bio’s focused on all CCT and PJ skill sets, interested in the following;

World travel.

Diverse Tasks requiring CCT and PJ skill sets.

Expected schedules vary; example; 45 days on, 45 days off.

Start date; 01 Apr 2009Pay 100-125K USD, non-taxable.

Full benefits.

Submit all resumes/BIO’s to

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fallen Heros

Dear CCA Members,

I've been sitting at home today thinking about the funeral service for SSgt Tim Davis. Understanding the pain and grief his wife Meagan, his Mom, Dad, other family members, close friends and his CCT brothers/teammates are feeling. I couldn't attend the service, so I wanted to do something today while honoring and remembering Tim. I decided it was appropriate to add Tim's picture to a slide that I made last fall -- of our other fallen brothers in the War-on-Terror. I've attached it for you.

As Tim is put to rest today, please render a salute to him and take a moment of silence to pray for Meagan and son, Tim Jr. (TJ). Later tonight, print the slide and render an appropriate TOAST in honor of all of them... John Chapman, Scott Sather, Jeremy Fresques, Derek Argel, Casey Crate, Adam Servais, Will Jefferson and Timothy Davis. What a great team they have assembled... may they all rest in peace -- together!


Wayne Norrad,


Combat Control Association

Friday, February 27, 2009

JTAC to get Air Force Cross

By Bruce Rolfsen
- Staff writerPosted :
Friday Feb 27, 2009 17:02:02 EST

A combat controller is set to receive the Air Force Cross, the service’s second highest medal for valor, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced Thursday at the Air Force Association’s winter conference.

Schwartz called Staff Sgt. Zachary Rhyner to stand at the beginning of his speech and detailed how the special operations airman called in air strike after air strike despite being wounded during a seven-hour battle in Afghanistan.

Rhyner, a special operations combat controller and joint terminal air controller assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., was part of an air assault on a high mountain valley in Afghanistan on April 6, 2008.

Click link below to read article:

SSgt Rhyner AFC Ceremony

On 10 March in Hanger 4 at Pope AFB, SSgt Rhyner, 21 STS, will receive the AF Cross.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Funeral arrangements for SSgt Timothy Davis

Below is the current information in regards to the funeral arrangements for SSgt Davis.

Please pass to all personnel.

27 Feb 1600-2000 family/team member viewing @ Coleman Funeral home/open casket

28 Feb 1130-1230 open viewing at Montesano High School

1300 Memorial starts same location…Planned slide show/music/pastor/open microphone

- Transfer to motorcade push to cemetery (+/- 2 miles) funeral service

- Return to school for social event…small appetizers

Monday, February 23, 2009

Update on SSgt Davis Information

Dear CCA Members,

Details of SSgt Timothy Davis' service/funeral were not confirmed earlier today (Mon.) It looks like the funeral service will take place in Washington State on Saturday at 1100, exact location TBD. I believe the area is approximately 80-100 miles from McChord AFB, WA. The 1 SOW at Hurlburt Field, FL is trying to arrange airlift from Hurlburt to McChord and return. More to follow as it gets confirmed.

In addition to SSgt Tim Davis' death, two Special Forces NCOs were also killed by the IED and others critically wounded. Casualties include Staff Sgt Jeremy E. Bessa, 26, of Woodridge, IL and Master Sgt David L. Hurt, 36, of Tucson, AZ. Both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC. Our sincere condolences go out to their families, teammates and friends. At this time I don't have any information on the other members who were injured, but believe they were also Army SF soldiers.

Wayne Norrad, President
Combat Control Association

JTAC Fire Support and Simulator Instructor

Rockwell Collins

One person knowledgeable in JTAC and Fire Support procedures to train MARSOF personnel and operate the training simulator. There will be 5 student stations (laptop computer). This position is at Camp Lejeune, NC and will involve very few travel days. The salary is going to be around $70,000 plus benefits. Look for a start date of around 1 April, 2009.

Contact Ted Mundelein for further information.

Principal Program Manager
Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions
12600 Challenger Parkway, Suite 130
Orlando, FL 32826


Sunday, February 22, 2009

CCA Information Update

Dear CCA Members,

At the CCA Board of Directors meeting on 11 Feb 2009, the Board voted in favor of holding the 2009 reunion at the Ramada Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The dates were adjusted to 14-18 Oct 2009 to make sure we have full availability of the Hospitality Room, a place to conduct the Will Jefferson Texas Hold 'em Tournament, Business Meeting and Banquet. Please mark your calendar accordingly. The schedule is not firm, but plans are to duplicate the 2008 schedule of events. More to follow after the contract is signed and the reunion committee meets and gets details sorted out.

Most are aware that we recently lost yet another Combat Controller in the War-On-Terror, SSgt Tim Davis, 23 STS, Hurlburt Field, FL. We will try to keep you abreast of any memorial ceremonies, funeral services, etc. Tim's remains arrived at Dover AFB, DE last night. Go to to see applicable pictures and articles about Tim. Thanks Mac (Mike McReynolds), Linda Crate and others for researching and posting these articles and pictures for our fallen comrade.

On a positive note, SSgt Zachary Rhyner, 21 STS, Pope AFB, NC will be awarded the Air Force Cross in Washington DC on 10 March 2009. We'll pass the details of the ceremony when they are firm.

My best regards to all and deepest sympathy to the Davis family and Tim's many friends and teammates as they grieve his loss.


Wayne Norrad, President

Combat Control Association

Friday, February 20, 2009

Another CCT Lost

From Col Bradley Thompson, the Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group;

It is with great sadness that I inform you SSgt Timothy P. Davis, 23 STS was killed in Action today supporting operations in OEF when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED.

Memorial and funeral yet TBD. We will let you know further details when they become available. To allow the unit to work through this - please direct any calls or questions to the 720 OSS Vault DSN: 579-6055.

Thompson Sends
News Release:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Special tactics unit teaches skills to special operations Airmen

Special tactics unit teaches skills to special operations Airmen

by Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates Defense Media Activity-San Antonio

/11/2009 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Spending hours in a pool in the warm Florida sun may sound like a vacation, but for trainees at the Air Force Special Operations Training Center's Special Tactics Training Squadron here, it's anything but. For these trainees, each of whom is a three-level combat controller, spending hours in a pool is all part of the training to earn their five level certification. The STTS teaches these trainees advanced skills they will need before being assigned to their first operational units.

To read this article and view video, click link below:

Nashville 2009 Mini-Reunion Info

Thought it's about time to get the BNA info out. The dates are May 15, 16, and 17th.

We'll be staying at the same motel (the Hampton) in Franklin. The Hampton's phone # is 615-771-7225 or 1-800-Hampton, or on-line at http://www.nashvillefranklinsuites.hamptoninn.comm/. Group code is CCA.

Non smoking double-99.00 plus tax
Non smoking kings-99.00 plus tax
Non smoking king suite-119.00 plus tax

These rates are the same as last year. Reservations must be made by April 14th to get the group rate. Make them as soon as possible.

Event Schedule:
May 15 & 16th-Golf at Nashboro village tee times will be sent later.
May 16th-Dinner. Restaurant info will be sent later.
Hospitality room will be open starting Friday night May 15th.

If anyone wants to go to the Opry etc. they just need to let me know.

Thanks again.
From HR- I hope to be there

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Direct Counseling

This US Military member is utilizing effective direct counseling.

Beshear Calls Up Entire Nat'l Guard Due To Ice Storm

We are fortunate to have the Air Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron in this effort," Tonini said. "Their expertise in search and rescue, coupled with ...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Enjoy the below complaint posted in a Arizona Newspaper and response at Luke AFB

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must Have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be appreciated.

The response:
Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

CCA Blog Editors Note: Capt Fresques was a Combat Controller killed along with two other Controllers Capt Derek Argel and SSgt Casey Crate in an aircraft crash while deployed to Iraq.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stephan Honored for His Legacy in Infrastructure Protection

On January 12, 2009, over 250 guests gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a farewell reception honoring U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Robert B. Stephan.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff led a host of well-wishers who commended Stephan for his vision and leadership. He referred to Stephan as the architect of infrastructure protection in the 21st century.

Ann M. Beauchesne, Executive Director of the Homeland Security Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, acknowledged Stephan’s leadership in developing the public private framework as part of the NIPP. Tributes followed from DHS’ Under Secretary for National Protection & Programs, Robert D. Jamison; the Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, Turner Madden; the Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council, Brigadier General Michael McDaniel; the Vice Chair of Constellation Energy and member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, Mike Wallace; and Governmental Affairs Advisor with the Governmental Relations Team, Adams and Reese LLP, David M. Barron.

Noting Stephan’s passion for Civil War history, Jim Caverly, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Protection’s (IP) Partnership and Outreach Division, presented Stephan with a print by Dale Gallon entitled “Buying Time” that depicts General John Buford and his dismounted cavalry holding off Confederate infantry on the morning of July 1, 1863 – the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. IP Chief of Staff Jock Bond pledged to Stephan that the IP team will continue to carry his vision forward.

Stephan praised IP and its public and private sector partners. “You got the mission done from scratch,” he said. Not many people over the history of the country can say they got an opportunity to build something out of whole cloth [that is] focused every day on trying to figure out creative ways to save people’s lives and perhaps millions of dollars to the U.S. and international economy.”

He described IP as the first and last line of defense of the United States against threats posed by terrorists and Mother Nature. “If they get by you, there’s nobody else; you are the best. You are the envy of the world.”

Stephan’s new position in the private sector will continue his service to the country’s homeland security and infrastructure protection mission through public-private partnerships.