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