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 hr@dcapsinc.com