Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Financial Management/Cost and Budget Analy

DESCRIPTION: This individual will analyze budget requests from Army organizations to assess the validity and reasonableness of the amounts requested. This individual will use budget execution data to develop cost estimating relationships and will link workload and performance data with budget execution data and budget projections.

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 3 years experience in resource management, budget process, and/or budget data fields required (Army experience preferred). This individual needs to be able to perform analysis of large amounts of data using Microsoft Excel, and to develop and present analyses using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Preferably the candidate will have worked on a previous assignment supporting the Army in SW Asia and have experience in developing cost estimating relationships. A Bachelors Degree or equivalent level of relevant experience (7 years) is required. The individual must possess a SECRET clearance. A civilian passport is required.

LOCATION: This full-time position is located in Southwest Asia. Work will be performed at Army headquarters in Afghanistan and Iraq.

OUR COMPANY: WinTec Arrowmaker, Inc. is a defense contractor specializing in Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis, Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Management (RDT&E), Acquisition and Logistics Management, Financial Management, and Graphic Design and Production.

CONTACT: Email resume to . Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. WinTec's website is .

WinTec is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Monday, December 13, 2010

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM (Mark A. Forester) Web Site

On September 29th, 2010, Senior Airman Mark Forester, beloved son, brother and friend was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a fallen comrade. We hope that you find Mark's story a source of inspiration, patriotism and proof that heros are real.

Mark was a member of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, NC. His website is dedicated to all Combat Controllers as well as US Servicemen, both past and present. We are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

Mark A. Forester

(May 15, 1981 - September 29, 2010)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

24 STS Founder's Day

To all,
On 29 April 2011, the 24 STS is hosting the next Founder's day event...30th Anniversary! Please forward this email to all you know are former members of the 24 STS and share the link below so they can update their personal information or send me the info via email. More to follow in a few weeks via email and website updates.

Thank you all for your time,

24th Special Tactics Squadron

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Combat Control Team (CCT) War Memorial Project

HONORING A GROUP OF USAF AIR COMMANDOS ; The Combat Control School Heritage Foundation (CCSHF) has undertaken the task of honoring 65-years of CCT service and sacrifice through the construction of a war memorial at the Combat Control School at Pope AFB, NC. We are currently engaged in a battle to secure a $250K Pepsi Refresh grant to fund the war memorial. But we need help in the form of on-line votes. We are a very small military community and have rallied the troops, But we are few, Can Robin get behind our effort and drum up votes at the following link? The contest runs through the end of December 2010.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jim Hiser's funeral arrangements

James A. Hiser III, age 63, Del Rio, Texas (formerly of Heiskell, TN) passed away on November 30, 2010, at San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas, as a result of a heart attack. Jim was born in Piqua, Ohio, and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was a former member of the
U. S. Air Force Combat Control Team and proudly served his country as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam. He was an avid motocyclist and outdoorsman. Jim was loved by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ratie Hiser of Piqua, Ohio. He is survived by his devoted wife, Susan Giles Hiser, Del Rio, Texas; brothers Bob Hiser and Ken Hiser, both of Ohio; sister, Elizabeth Hiser Stribling, New Zealand; children Bo Hiser and Lew Ann Hiser McKnight; special friends, Donnie and Lari Mirabile, Del Rio, Texas; George Owens, Andersonville, TN; and Earl Whitefield, Andersonville, TN. A memorial service will be held December 4, 2010, from 9-11am in Del Rio, Texas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 13483, Tampa, Florida 33681-3483. Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, Del Rio, Texas, is in charge of all arrangements.

Susan Hiser
103 La Car nada Dr.
Del Rio, TX 78840


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another CCT Passes

Don Mirabile called this morning to let us know the sad news that James A. Hiser (CCA LM-720) passed away last night (29 Nov 10) due to a heart attack. Mr. Hiser lived in Del Rio Texas, and Don said he would pass more info as it becomes available. Please keep Jim’s family in your prayers.


Info on fallen

I am looking for historical/biographical information on Jerry Bennett, Mike Nazionale, Scrogg and Mark Lee. I have nice photos of all four posted in the hallway of my building here at the 24 but don't have any solid background to put in with them. Would you pass the word through CCA to see if anyone has additional info or contact names and numbers for either parents or widows? I'll gladly put it together myself from there. Anyone with info can contact me at


Friday, November 19, 2010

SSgt. Jeremy King Air Force's Top Combat Controller for 2009

SSgt. Jeremy King, a member of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena AB, Japan, is the Air Force's top combat controller for 2009. The recently promoted sergeant earned the award after a year that saw him supporting combat operations from a remote firebase in Afghanistan and serving as the lead air traffic controller at an airfield in Indonesia after a devastating earthquake struck that nation. "To be honest, I didn't know there was an Air Force-level award for Combat Control Airman of the Year," said King. He added, "[T]his is a truly humbling experience. Combat control is a small community with so many outstanding warriors. To be recognized within this community is unbelievable." King has received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Air Force Combat Action medals.

Friday, November 12, 2010

President Bush salutes veterans during visit to Air Force Museum

11/12/2010 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- Former President George W. Bush praised veterans, active-duty personnel and their families during a speech at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 11, 2010. The 43rd president served as the keynote speaker for a special Veterans Day tribute there.

President Bush began by talking about his move from the White House to his own house in Dallas, where he lives with his wife Laura, and their dog, Barney. He then transitioned into the importance of paying tribute to the children of veterans and active-duty members.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

CCA Blog Communications Problem

My home email has been down for about 9 days now (10 November 2010) and I’m not sure when it will be back up. If you have anything of CCT interest that you would like/need posted immediately send it to .

More to follow.


Monday, November 8, 2010

American Heroes in Special Operations Book

Recently released book “American Heroes in Special Operations” written by Oliver North and edited by Chuck Holton has lots of ST warriors mentioned in it. I was called by the editor a few months ago and relayed some information to him. We hit it off pretty good since he was a former Army Ranger and jumped into Panama. He followed through with some good articles where ST warriors are getting equal recognition for their heroics. This is probably the biggest break though for our ST operators to be equally recognized with the Rangers, SEALS, SF, etc.

I bought my copy on, total with shipping was about $20. Read about Rhyner, Gutierrez, Stockdale, Cunningham, etc. The book also makes mention of SOWT and has a story on a Reserve PJ, Superman School (PJ) and lots about JTACs. Only disappointment was not much said about John Chapman. Overall… good stuff!



Monday, November 1, 2010

SSgt Girroir (CCT WIA)

SSgt Ray Girroir, 21 ESTS CCT was injured during a firefight in OEF Friday AM.

Ray is recovering nicely from surgery that cleaned some mortar frag from his body and is expected to make a full recovery.

Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group

Monday, October 25, 2010

A5KB opening

A5KB has an immediate opening, 2-year term, we will attempt to convert to permanent or that failing, rewrite for another two years. 5 point veteran good, 10-point plus 30% better (system grants preference).
Attributes: need a motivated self-starter who can hit the street running. Our biggest weakness is PJ and SOWT, but obviously the right candidate trumps AFSC.

We have a heavy workload, need candidate(s) ASAP. We are hoping we can fill this from the "ST community" - any help you can provide is appreciated. Sorry for the short timeline, Mr Farris (from our office) took a perm position and gave us two week notice. If you have interest, send them to us and we will walk them through the system.




Mark W. Williams, DAF

Battlefield Airman Requirements


DSN 579-4832; Commercial (850) 884-4832


Special operations members garner awards

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Twelve members of the Air Force special operations community recently received annual awards presented by Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements.

The awards ceremony recognized the 2009 United States Air Force Combat Rescue Officer of the Year, Special Tactics Officer of the Year and the Pararescue, SERE Specialist, Combat Controller Senior NCO, NCO, and Airman of the Year awards.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Marchers finish 860-mile trek to honor fallen airmen

HURLBURT FIELD — This year’s Special Tactics Memorial March included more batons than airmen who carried them.

The 15 active-duty airmen carried more than 20 batons in this year’s march. Each baton had the name of an airman or soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001 engraved on its side.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


DESCRIPTION:Provide oversight of Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) Program Management and training program while providing Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) support and instruction. Interested individuals will eventually be qualified as both SUAS pilot and trainer. Personnel must develop and maintain JTAC specific training folders for documentation and currency. Personnel are required to train selected personnel in JTAC operations.

LOCATION:Hurlburt Field, FL

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 2 years JTAC experience as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2. A JTAC-I or JTAC-SEE qualification is highly desirable. Individuals preferably should come from either the JTAC/TACP/CCT/Combat Weather or another SOF related field with a JTAC-I rating. Applicants must have a current Secret security clearance. A Top Secret security clearance is desirable.

Medical, dental,
Four Weeks of Paid Time Off
10 paid holidays
401(k) Retirement Plan
United Health PlanBusiness Banking Membership
AND more….

CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. DCAPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

SUAS Program Management Position

WinTec Arrowmaker is the Prime Contractor for the 720th Group JTAC/SUAS Program Management Team. All positions are filled with the exception of the SUAS slot at the 24th STS. A qualified applicant may start immediately. If you have questions about the position, send a resume to the address below and in your email you may ask to speak to management personnel or be put in touch with operators that are currently working on the contact. Be sure to include your contact information and best times to contact you.

DESCRIPTION: Provide Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Program Management and training program oversight. Personnel will develop and maintain SUAS specific training folders for maintenance of flight logs and SUAS training documentation. Personnel will train active duty personnel in SUAS operations. Personnel will provide simulator duties; coordinate and schedule ranges and airspace for SUAS operations. Personnel will perform equipment custodial duties for SUAS equipment.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have been JTAC qualified for at least two years, and have held a JTAC-I qualification. It is very highly desired that the personnel possess a special operations forces (SOF) background or have augmented SOF forces as a JTAC during an operational deployment. Personnel will provide JTAC, JTAC-I and JTAC-SEE duties as required. Applicants must have a current Secret security clearance, and will be required to get a Top Secret security clearance.

LOCATION: This full time position is located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Anticipate travel 0-15%.

CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements to . Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. WinTec is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE in E-Verify. Our benefits plan is impressive and includes opportunity for employee ownership.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Special tactics Airmen walk for fallen comrades

10/9/2010 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Fifteen special tactics Airmen carrying 50-pound rucksacks departed from here Oct. 9 on a mission to honor the memories of their fallen comrades.The 860-mile trek, known as the Tim Davis Special Tactics Memorial March, will stretch across five states and will consist of six teams walking 24 hours a day, in a relay format.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Donations for SrA Mark Forester


If you would like to contribute to SrA Mark Forester and his family then please send donations to the address below. All funds will go towards deferring costs associated with honoring Mark. Any funds left over will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Fund at the request of the Forester family.

Attn: MSgt Chris Morgan
1520 Hurst St, Bldg 134
Pope AFB, N.C. 28308

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Commemorative Wrist Bands to Support Walk for the Fallen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christina Olivarez

Commemorative Wrist Bands to Support Walk for the Fallen
SOF-HEARTS Bands to Raise Money for Fallen Airmen and Their Families

SAN ANTONIO (October. 9, 2010) – When 15 active-duty Airmen take off on their 860-mile trek this Saturday from San Antonio, they will be armed with memories and a mission – to show that members of our Air Force Special Operations community are never forgotten. When they reach their first major city, Houston, on Monday, Oct. 10, they’ll be armed with something else – commemorative black-and-gold wristbands available for a $5 donation for those want to help the cause.

“We are honoring 14 Airmen this year who have been killed protecting our freedoms,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman, event organizer. “The silicone wristbands are a way for us to show solidarity with our fellow soldiers and their families, and a way for others to help us provide for those left behind.”

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarships grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel from all service branches that die in operational or training missions. Additionally SOWF provides financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.

The silicone band is band is black. “SOF – HEARTS” is written in gold with a “tip of the spear United States Special Ops Command logo on the left-hand side and a heart on the right. The Combat Control Association purchased10,000 bands and will be selling them along their route from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to Hurlburt Field near Pensacola, Fla.

Six teams of two or three members will relay through five states, averaging 15-20 miles per leg. Each team will walk approximately 150 miles during the 11-day trek, carrying a 50-pound rucksack and a commemorative baton engraved with a fallen Airman’s name. For more information on the route, team, and cause visit the Walk for the Fallen website,

Invitation to the Memorial Ceremony for SrA Forester


I am passing the information below to you on behalf of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron here at Pope AFB. It is their request that you forward this to individuals in your organizations who might be interested in attending or just want them to have the information.

Last week our Nation lost an Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller. Senior Airman Mark Forester died Sept. 29 while supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Senior Airman Mark A. Forester, 29, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was killed while conducting combat operations with his Special Forces team in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C. "Mark believed with all his heart in serving his God, his country and his family," said Maj. Ed Loughran, 21 STS acting commander. "The unit mourns his loss, but we could not be more proud of his devotion to defending what he believed in most."

Attached is an invitation to the Memorial Ceremony for SrA Forester on Friday, 8 October at 1400. It will be held at Hangar 4 (beside Base Ops). I realize this is short notice, but we would appreciate your rsvp as soon as possible so we can work seating and parking. Please me know the names of additional people attending with you, so I can assist in getting them cleared to get on base. When you rsvp, just let me know if you need directions to the Hangar. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Mark's story is posted on Pope Air Force Base Facebook: and also an article is in the
Fayetteville Observer:


Chief, Protocol

Monday, October 4, 2010

SrA Mark Forester Memorial and Funeral Info

Pinkard Funeral Home has announced the arrangements for the Memorial Service and Funeral of Senior Airman Mark A. Forester, 29, HHS Class of 1999. Visitation will occur Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Pinkard Funeral Home on HWY195 in Haleyville. The service will be Thursday, October 7, 2010, 2:00 PM, at the Haleyville High School Gymnasium on 20th St. in Haleyville, where Airman Forester will lie in state from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Burial will follow the service at Winston Memorial Cemetery, HWY195 South, Haleyville.

The family has asked that donations be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 13483, Tampa, FL 33681-3483, or you may go online at

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Personnel Recovery Mission Officer

Personnel Recovery Mission Officer

Clearance Required: US government Top Secret/SCI security clearance
Citizenship: US Citizenship required
Number of openings: 4

Position Description:

Blackbird Technologies, Inc. is seeking Part-Time employees to work at OCONUS locations as Personnel Recovery Mission Officers (PRMO) in support of DoD contracts.

Duties while deployed:
· Advise and assist senior military personnel with establishment, maintenance and employment of Personnel Recovery (PR) policies, orders and procedures
· Assist with development, management and employment of traditional and asymmetrical PR capabilities
· Assist with management and employment of Evasion Plan of Action (EPA), Isolated Persons Report (ISOPREP), and DoD Blood Chit programs
· Produce intelligence summaries, white papers, after action reviews, operations orders, fragmentary orders, concept of operations and other products
· Brief products and operations to General Officers and other senior personnel
· Utilize all available intelligence assets and products, including those provided by inter-agency partners, to support recovering missing personnel
· Conduct feasibility assessments and develop courses of action to support PR incidents, missions and plans
· Template enemy Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) in support of Pre-emptive, Pro-Active, and Re-active PR events and missions
· Support and or conduct human remains identification, recovery, and processing
· Support and or conduct PR Coordination Cell (PRCC) and Unconventional Assisted Recovery Coordination Cell (UARCC) activities
· Accompany military units outside of established military bases to support sensitive site exploitation, mortuary affairs and other missions
· Develop and present plans of instruction (POI) as required
· Occasionally live in austere conditions for extended periods of time
· Regularly work extended hours, seven days a week, while at deployed locations

Required skills/experience:

Former Special Operations, Intelligence, SERE Specialist, or PR Professional
10 years experience conducting and or supporting PR and or SOF operations
Excellent operations and or intelligence planning background
Experience with Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) and intelligence preparation of the battlefield activities
Experience or aptitude to learn technical information collection equipment to support War on Terrorism objectives.
Computer skills in web-based applications, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and various viewing software programs such as Falcon View, Google Earth, C2PC, M3, TIGER, Arc View, Analyst notebook, Live wire, Streets and Trips, and Map Point
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Must work well both individually and in a team environment and be able to travel independently and operate for extended periods without direct supervision.
Be physically fit and able to operate in austere environments while wearing body armor and carrying additional equipment

Desired Skills/Experience/Education:
Experience as service/component PR OPR, GCC/TSOC PR or NAR OPR, JTF/CJSOTF PR or NAR OPR, Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC), PRCC, JPRA PR Education and Training Center (PRETC) or PR Academy (PRA)
Graduate of JPRA PR 211, 215, 250, 271, 296, 297, 300, 301, 303
Graduate of service SERE Level C course
Experience with planning, coordinating and implementing Evasion Plans of Action (EPA) and developing and managing in-country PR capabilities
Service SOF staff, Geographical Combatant Command (GCC) staff, JSOTF staff, Special Activities Cell, Theater-Special Operations Command Staff, Regional/ Theater Operational Control Element, Intelligence analyst supporting the above activities.
ASOT Level II or III or similar qualification
Strong un-conventional warfare skills and experience
Bachelor’s Degree

· Expected OCONUS travel of 100 days per deployment – must be flexible to more or less travel time as required. CONUS part-time work will vary, but typically is not more than 14 days between each deployment
· CONUS sustainment and refresher training is required

Ronald R Mann

Program Manager

Blackbird Technologies

St Petersburg, FL 813 777 0164

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another Fallen Warrior


With great sadness, I want to inform you that SrA Mark A. Forester, CCT 21 STS, was killed in action today in southern Afghanistan.

Our prayers are with his mother, father and brother.

Memorial and internment plans are TBD.


Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group

Link to Mark Forester memorial site:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Memorial Comments

On behalf of the men and women of the 21st Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron in Afghanistan and Iraq, I am honored to share some words in remembrance of Danny “SZ” Sanchez: son, brother, friend, teammate, warrior, servant, and great American.

Since the first U.S forces set foot on Afghan soil following 9/11, the warriors of Special Tactics have been serving, fighting, and sometimes dying in this conflict against an enemy who seeks to destroy the way of life of all who desire freedom and liberty. Danny was just 14 years old on 9/11, but he knew the history of Special Tactics in this war, and he aspired, as we all do, to live up to the legacy established by those who have gone before us.

Today in Afghanistan, ensuring the responsible employment of airpower has become a top priority for commanders at all levels, and when a Combat Controller steps onto the battlefield, he does so with the knowledge that the success or failure of his actions has potentially strategic consequences. That’s no small load to bear, and we ask young men like Danny Sanchez to carry that load every day. As a 23 year-old Airman on his first deployment, Danny did so flawlessly.

I got to know Danny during the week that we all spent together at Pope prior to deployment. Danny stands out in my mind as a guy who carried himself with confidence and maturity, who always had a smile and a greeting, and who’s infectious personality positively influenced all around him. And anyone who got to know him, soon learned of his love for his mom, Yvette, and his fiancĂ©, Linda—they were never far from his mind. I had not seen Danny since a few days after our arrival in Afghanistan, but I have talked to many guys who did, and by all accounts he was loving life as a special operator.

But Danny Sanchez was much more than an Airman and a Special Operator. He was a warrior-servant of the finest tradition. By volunteering for the Combat Control career field, Danny knew that he was volunteering to place himself in harms way in service to the nation. He did so willingly, and he did not ask for anything in return. He was driven to confront the enemies of our nation face-to-face in the dark of night in far-away places around the world. He was compelled to brave great danger in order to free the oppressed and to ensure that the citizens of our great country do not live in fear of an attack on our soil. Danny Sanchez was a warrior-servant who paid the ultimate price while ensuring that millions of Americans, most of whom will never know the sacrifice he made, can sleep safely in their beds at night and enjoy the freedoms that they too often take for granted. And so I ask the question, “Where do we find men such as this?“

For our fellow warriors in attendance today, rest assured that your Special Tactics and joint SOF brothers on the battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq have things well in hand. As these words are being read, our teammates are engaged in operations to seek and destroy enemy forces, some in the very region where Danny was killed. So-called experts assert that ten percent of any insurgent movement is comprised of hard-core fighters who cannot be turned and must be killed. The Special Tactics operators here in theater take a particular interest in that demographic group, and we are doing much to eliminate it through the employment of lethal airpower with a level of discrimination and precision that is unmatched in history. We will honor Danny Sanchez through our ruthless pursuit of the enemy—just as he would want and expect us to do.

To Yvette, to Linda, to the rest of Danny’s family, to his teammates, and to his friends, Danny Sanchez set an example of love of life, of warrior ethos, and of selfless service that we would all do well to match. And by striving for the high standard that he set, may we continue to honor the sacrifice that he made. From down range, our thoughts and prayers are with you all as we celebrate his life and mourn the loss of one of our nation’s finest.

First There . . . That Others May Live.
Lt Col Parks Hughes
Commander, 21 ESTS
Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

Saturday, September 25, 2010

2010 Combat Control Association Reunion

Remember the CCA Reunion is only one month away, 21-23 Oct 2010.

If you want to play with a particular group during the CCA Golf Tourney, let John Butler know. His email address is

Reunion Schedule
(Times still subject to change)

Wednesday – 20 Oct 2010
Registration 1200–1800
Hospitality Suite 1600 – 2200

Thursday – 21 Oct 2010
Special Tactics Display & Brief 1000
CCA Barbeque 1300
Registration 1000 – 1800
Hospitality Suite 1700 – 2200
Country Store 1600 – 2000

Friday – 22 Oct 2010
Golf Tournament 0800
Poker Tournament 1700 – 2300
Registration 1200 – 2200
Hospitality Suite 1200 – 2200
Country Store 1200 – 2000

Saturday – 23 Oct 2010
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 - 24 Oct 2010
Departure Day


Danny Sanchez R.I.P.

The CCA was asked by Mike to put out this link to what he’s put together on Danny

Danny Sanchez R.I.P.

It contains numerous pictures, 3 videos, and a "Cheezy" tee.

Thanks for all you do! Mike McReynolds, LM-173

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fond farewell: Over 600 pay last respects to airman

Yvette Sierra Duchene, spoke to the mourners and read a poem she
wrote, titled "Red Beret Sea," about her emotions that followed the news that her son had died in combat.

"I wrote a poem because I wanted to say so many things I didn't know how to say," Duchene said.

The poem read in part:
" 'Your son died in combat,' are the words I still hear / as the blue ocean waves whispered in my ear. / 'He made the ultimate sacrifice' he continued to say / 'Our Brother, Your Son, wouldn't have it any other way.' "

After reading the poem, she made a challenge to everyone in the audience.
"I challenge you to live like Daniel lived," Duchene said. "It's not easy because he took it one day at a time. Get up, go to work, put a smile on your face and enjoy every second of your life."

Link to article:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SrA Sanchez's Memorial - Hurlburt Fld


SrA Sanchez's local memorial service will be held on the 28th of Sept @ 0900 at the Freedom Hangar, Hurlburt Fld., FL.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SrA Sanchez Funeral/Memorial


23 Sept 2010 Timeline:

0930 - Funeral Ceremony Begins
1030 - Funeral Ceremony Ends, Last Goodbyes 1100 - Transport SZ to Fort Bliss National Cemetery 1130 - Burial at Fort Bliss National Cemetery

Location for funeral service:

Cielo Vista Church
3585 N Lee Trevino Dr
El Paso, TX 79936-1011
(915) 595-0288

Fort Bliss National Cemetery
5200 Fred Wilson Boulevard
P.O. Box 6342
Fort Bliss, TX 79906
Phone: (915) 564-0201
FAX: (915) 564-3746

Currently finalizing air, please get your list to me soonest...



Friday, September 17, 2010

Fallen Warrior

ST brotherhood lost a warrior today on the Afghanistan battlefield.

SrA Dan Sanchez (CCT from 23 STS) was killed 16 Sept in vicinity of Tarin Khowt, AFG.

The next of kin notification is complete and memorial/funeral arrangements are in development.

Please keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.

Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Col Claude Tudor Promotion


Can you let the team know I will have my 0-6 promotion on 4 Oct at 1100L at building 900 (1182 Hurst Dr, Pope AFB) with a small party to follow. Military should wear UOD and civilians attire is casual. All STS welcome to attend. Brig Gen OG Mannon will officiate and I look forward to seeing those who can make it.


Claude Tudor
CCA LM-398

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

STO Call for Command Eligibility

“Attention STO Majors and Lieutenant Colonels: AFSOC has posted the COMMANDO EAGLE Board call for nominations for Special Tactics Command Opportunities in FY 11. If you have not received subject message and desire to compete for ST command in FY11, please contact Lt Col Glenn Palmer @ or (850) 884-2289. If you do not plan on competing, please drop him a quick note indicating you do not intend to seek nomination. PR sends.”

Next beer is on me…thanks bro!

Lt Col Glenn "Krusty" Palmer
DSN 579-2289
Comm 850-884-2289
BB 850 758 6533

Sunday, September 5, 2010

CCT Mini-Reunion Las Vegas 2011

Sean McPartland, Scotty Light, and Phil Freeman have put together a mini reuinion in "Vegas Baby" Mar 24th - Mar 27.

Here is the Link that tells you all about it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Job for Someone w/BAO Kit Experience

Looking for someone who has Portable Tactical radio communications and Joint Terminal Control experience.

Also someone who is know within the joint community.

The current employee's last day is 09/17/2010. This is a contracted position.

Thank you,

Roger L. Powell
TEAS Contractor
850-882-0777 (W)
850-376-1682 (C)
850-882-2728 (fax)

SUAS Program Management - CONUS

Provide oversight of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Program Management and training program while providing Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) support and instruction. Interested individuals will eventually be qualified as both SUAS pilot and trainer. Personnel must develop and maintain SUAS specific training folders for maintenance of flight logs and SUAS training documentation. Personnel are required to train selected personnel in SUAS operations.

Hurlburt Field, FL USA

A minimum of 2 years JTAC experience as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2. A JTAC-I or JTAC-SEE qualification is highly desirable. Individuals preferably should come from either the TACP/CCT/Combat Weather or another SOF related field. Applicants must have a current Secret security clearance. A Top Secret security clearance is desirable.

Medical, dental & vision,
Four Weeks of Paid Time Off
10 paid holidays
401(k) Retirement Plan
Company paid Short and Long Term Disability
Company paid Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
United Health Plan
Legal Resources Plan
Education/Tuition Reimbursement
Business Banking Membership
AND more….

CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements to Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. DCAPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Provide oversight of Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) Program Management and training program while providing Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) support and instruction. Interested individuals will eventually be qualified as both SUAS pilot and trainer. Personnel must develop and maintain JTAC specific training folders for documentation and currency. Personnel are required to train selected personnel in JTAC operations.

Hurlburt Field, FLREQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 2 years JTAC experience as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2. A JTAC-I or JTAC-SEE qualification is highly desirable. Individuals preferably should come from either the TACP/CCT/Combat Weather or another SOF related field. Applicants must have a current Secret security clearance. A Top Secret security clearance is desirable.

Medical, dental & vision,
Four Weeks of Paid Time Off
10 paid holidays
401(k) Retirement Plan Company paid
Short and Long Term Disability
Company paid Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
United Health Plan
Legal Resources PlanEducation/Tuition Reimbursement
Business Banking Membership
AND more….

CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements to
outbind://82-000000003490A71E032A9A44B29DC0B753CCC9C6E4932A00/ Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. DCAPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Operation Support Specialist Position

It just left Hurlburt and has to make the wickets but should be out Sep or Oct time frame. It will only post for two weeks so interested parties need to be looking for it.

1 position "Operation Support Specialist" GS-11 will be coming out in USA jobs in the near future. This is for a open slot as a assault zone controller at Hurlburt.

Dewayne Morey, CIV
641-1380 DSN
850-881-1366 FAX

Mike LIsk Funeral Schedule

Dear CCT Brothers,

The following is the Viewing, informal Chapel, formal Funeral, and final Internment schedule for Brother Mike Lisk. Additionally, included is a special request for inputs to the “Living Testimony to Mike Lisk: In Memoriam” being put together by Robin Lisk for her family.

1 Sept 10, 0900 thru 2100, viewing at Hayhurst Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, OK.

2 Sept 10, 0900 thru 1845, viewing at Hayhurst Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, OK .

2 Sept 10, 1900 thru 2100, Informal Mass for Michael Lisk at the Hayhurst Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, OK.

3 Sept 10, 1100, Formal Funeral Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Broken Arrow, OK.

3 Sept 10, 1300, The internment of Master Sergeant Michael Lisk, USAF Retired, at the National Cemetery, Fort Gibson OK. Full military honors will be given.

*** All Veterans, and active duty military personnel are invited and encouraged to wear their uniforms, if they desire.

3 Sept 10, Reception at St. Anne’s Catholic Church immediately follows the internment.

The closest major city to the events is Tulsa, OK (approx 25 miles away)

“A Living Testimony to Mike Lisk: In Memoriam”

Recognizing that the reach, and the scope of Mike’s friends literally stretches around the world, I want everyone to have the opportunity to be present at Mike’s funeral. You can be present physically, or in spirit by sending email inputs to the aforementioned “Living Testimony”. Robin, Mike’s widow, will compile all of the inputs into a special “journal” of sort, that all members of Mike’s family can have a copy of, and enjoy for the rest of their lives. If you want to mail your input, please email Robin Lisk and obtain their mailing address.

Each person is asked to make inputs to one, two, three or all 4 parts of the requested funeral event email input:

Part1: A 120 word (or less) msg to Mike Lisk that can be read at the informal chapel and/or the church service. Send a final personal msg to Mike thru this venue.

Part 2: A story of any length of something funny or noteworthy you did with, or knew about Mike Lisk. If you did not serve with Mike, just send a CCT story about the wonderful CCT Senior NCO’s that everyone can enjoy. Please keep it NC17 or less. This will most likely be read at the reception or afterwards.

Part 3: A msg to Mike’s children: Michael Jr. 38, Jennifer 29, Robert and Timmy, both 20. Please, using your very own words and style of writing; send a msg to the 4 children about their Dad. Share special thoughts about “Mouse” in this email memo to his children. I am convinced that special and tender words to his children, from his friends, will greatly exhort and honor the memory of Mike Lisk.

Part 4: Please email any pictures (no limit) that you might have of Mike. Additionally send pictures of yourself (then and now if possible). Mike’s family has been blessed with many wonderful stories of the Men that he served with. However, (like in so many cases) there are no faces to associate with the famous and infamous names, that they have heard about all of their lives, but have never met.

All of these emails complete with funeral msg, funny story, msg to children, and pictures will then be consolidated into the “Living Testimony to Mike Lisk: In Memoriam” that Mouse’s wife, children, sister, and entire family can enjoy for the rest of their lives. If this practice should become a tradition, possibly a copy can be sent to the CCA as a “living archive and testimony” of Brothers that have passed on.

Dear Brothers, none of the aforementioned 4 part items are mandatory. If you are able to attend in person, please do not feel pressured to wear your old uniform (that you may no longer fit into). We must handle death and sadness in our own personal way. The aforementioned suggestions have been made for those that want to participate, but cannot attend Mike’s funeral in person. Those who can attend in person are also encouraged to bring inputs for the “Living Testimony”.

Robin Lisk, has been deeply moved by the outpouring of love, tears, and support coming from Mike’s CCT family. She thanks all for their concern, affection, and love.

I also thank you all for responding so sincerely to the sad news about Bother Mike Lisk’s passing.

God Bless you all! God Bless our Nation!

Leo G.A. Fuller

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mike Lisk has passed

CCT Brothers,
I just received a call from Robin Lisk, wife of Mike Lisk.

Mike Lisk passed away this morning 29 Aug 2010 at 0930 CST, of a massive heart attack. He was 63 years old.

Mike had not shown any problems prior to this.

Funeral arrangements are being made.Robin Lisk's cell phone number is 918-728-5081.

I cant believe that Mouse is gone. I loved him like a brother so much. I wish that I had told him that recently.

Mike has visited us here in SoCal a few times. It was always a big event when he came. My family adored him.I love all of you. I am no waiting to tell you guys this anymore.I am in shock. I do not know what to feel.

Please pass the word.

Leo Fuller

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Special Tactics Spouses Club

WHEN: 1 October 2010
WHERE: Gator Lakes GC

RSVP: 30 September 2010
Check-In : 0700
Shotgun Start : 0800

COST: $40 Non-Course Members
$35 Course Members
(Includes Green Fees/Carts)

FORMAT: Shotgun Start, four-player teams (Tactical Survival Pack Available for purchase)

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!!

And lots of other Prizes!!!

Registration: Contact Brandy Lockhart
850-226-3225 or

Proceeds benefit Spouses Club activities

Lt Col STO selectees list

Lt Col STO selectees list. Hooah!

K. "Jay" Daniels, - 321 STS/CC - Mildenhall RAF, UK
Chris Larkin, -23 STS/CC - Hurlburt Field, FL
Jason Self - Air Force Intern Program - Maxwell AFB, AL
John Traxler - 320 STG/CC - Kadena AB, JA


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Air Commando Association Reunion October 6-10

General Secord has asked me to put the word out to encourage Eagle Claw/Rice Bowl/Desert One participants (direct or support) to attend the banquet of the ACA reunion on October 9. The focus of the reunion will be the importance of Eagle Claw in the buildup of Special Ops. He wants us to sit together at the banquet. Please help me get the word out. Ticket order form is attached. The word “ Eagle Claw Participant” should be written in on the form to facilitate the seating arrangement. Another reason to attend is Kiraly being inducted into the ACA hall of fame.

Roland D Guidry
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

Valerie Novak Chapman Nessel on the Glenn Beck Program

Former wife of Combat Controller and Air Force Cross recipient TSgt John Chapman, K.I.A. will be on the Glenn Beck program to discuss the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This program will air Wed 25 Aug 10 at 5pm EST/4pm CST.

Friday, August 20, 2010

'We' can accomplish so much more than 'I'

By Brig. Cen. Darryl Burke
82nd Training Wing commander

SHEPPARD Air Force Base, Texas – Staff Sgt. Zachary Rhyner is one of only three Airmen since Sept. 11, 2001, to receive the Air Force's highest honor, the Air Force Cross, and the only one who did not receive it posthumously.

A combat controller, Sergeant Rhyner saved countless lives by calling in more than 50 “danger close" air strikes, many virtually on top of his own position, after his special operations team was caught in a 360-degree ambush in Afghanistan's Shok Valley in April 2008. Even as he controlled eight Air Force fighters and four Army attack helicopters while perched on the side of a cliff, he laid down suppressing fire so wounded teammates could be extracted from the line of fire.

Sergeant Rhyner's actions that day were truly heroic, and his story has been rightfully used by many, including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, to illustrate what Airmen bring to the joint fight.

But I'd like to use his actions off the battlefield to illustrate another principle.

Earning the Air Force Cross was a big news story, and many interviews followed. Sergeant Rhyner's conduct during that time demonstrated his character almost as much as the Shok Valley experience did.

You find one word repeated over and over when Sergeant Rhyner is quoted: "We." "We had to pull the wounded guys out ...”

”Any other combat controller put in the same situation would have performed in the same exact way. Credit that to the training we receive and the process that we go through to become a combat controller." - Sergeant Rhyner

"I think that was the moment when the insurgents we were fighting called time-out."

"What was going through my head was we don't have another option. We are still taking fire. We need it to stop ..."

Even noted news personality Glenn Beck couldn't get Sergeant Rhyner to talk about himself.

“You make this sound like it was just, you know, another day at the office," Mr. Beck said in a Fox News interview. "But there are only – what is it? - 192 people who have ever received the Air Force Cross ... How do you put that together in your head? I mean, you arc in a very elite group."

Sergeant Rhyner's response?

"Any other combat controller put in the same situation would have performed in the same exact way," he said. "Credit that to the training we receive and the process that we go through to become a combat controller."

No other Airman would have been more justified in basking a little in the light of tame. Yet given the ultimate opportunity to make it "all about me," Sergeant Rhyner chose instead to make it all about "we."

That is a great, great lesson for all of us.

“It’s all about me" sometimes seems to be the mantra of our time, but that attitude has no place in our Air Force. We are taught from the first day we don our uniforms to subordinate our personal ambitions and desires to the needs of our unit, our service and our nation.

We can’t allow ourselves to get puffed lip because of rank or position, or to let awards and accolades go to our heads.

We know that "we" is a much stronger word than " I: ' What "I" can accomplish is insignificant, but what "we" can accomplish is virtually without limit.

Sergeant Rhyner understands that well. We can learn much from his great courage and selfless sacrifice in the line of duty. We can learn much, too, from his humble ability to avoid the vertical pronoun, even as the cameras rolled.

Editor's note: Air Force combat controllers go through their initial training in Keesler's 3341h Training Squadron.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Senior Airman Adam Servais Memorial Push Ups

Senior Airman Servais was in the rocky Uruzagan province in south-central Afganistan on Aug. 19, 2006, when the convoy he was traveling with came under heavy fire from insurgents. An estimated 100 or more concealed enemies began shooting from three sides. Immediately, Servais turned his Humvee’s machine gun toward enemy fire and began shooting. Rounds began exploding near the convoy. Servais turned over responsibility for the machine gun to another team member and began directing close air support to help suppress the insurgents. As he was talking with pilots overhead and spotting targets for them, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded behind Servais, killing him. Servais was a member of a Special Forces operational detachment that was working with Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan police. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor on Aug. 25, 2006.
Don't forget your memorial push ups.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 Air Commandos Hall of Fame selectees released

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

8/13/2010 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command officials announced the 2010 Air Commando Hall of Fame selectees 13 Aug., 2010.

These men were chosen for their significant contributions to worldwide special operations. Through their leadership and dedication, were instrumental in the success and accomplishments in the field of special operations.

- Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster
- Col. Richard F. Brauer Jr (Ret)
- Maj. William Grosvenor Jr (Deceased)
- Col. James B. Connors (Ret)
- Col. Kenneth H. Poole (Ret)
- Col. Walter K. Schmidt (Ret)
- Col. Russell E. Rakip (Ret) (Deceased)
- CMSgt. Michael J. Ramos (Ret)
- CMSgt. A. Eugene Adcock (Ret)
- CMSgt. Nicolas S. Kiraly (Ret)

These Air Commandos will be inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame during the Air Commando Association reunion banquet on Saturday, 9 Oct., 2010.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SUAS Program Management - OCONUS

DESCRIPTION: Provide oversight of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Program Management and training program while providing Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) support and instruction. Interested individuals will eventually be qualified as both SUAS pilot and trainer. Personnel must develop and maintain SUAS specific training folders for maintenance of flight logs and SUAS training documentation. Personnel are required to train selected personnel in SUAS operations.

LOCATION: RAF Mildenhall, England.

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 2 years JTAC experience as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2. A JTAC-I or JTAC-SEE qualification is highly desirable. Individuals preferably should come from either the TACP/CCT/Combat Weather or another SOF related field. Applicants must have a current Secret security clearance. A Top Secret security clearance is desirable.


Medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance
Four Weeks of Paid Time Off
10 paid holidays
401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Match
Company paid Short and Long Term Disability
Company paid Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
AFLAC insurance
Legal Resources Plan
Flexible Spending Plan for dependent care and healthcare expenses
Education/Tuition Reimbursement
Credit Union Membership
Recruiting Bonus Program
AND more….

CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements to . Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. WinTec is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). WinTec participates in E-Verify.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Air Commandos receive medals for vital role in combat operations

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Three members of the 321st Special Tactics Squadron were presented with medals at a Purple Heart and Bronze Star ceremony on July 29.

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Hannigan and Staff Sgts. David Ibsen and Jeffrey Dicicco, all combat controllers, were honored at the ceremony for duties performed during combat operations. Sergeant Ibsen received a Purple Heart for his wounds received in action, and Sergeants Hannigan and Dicicco were awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Link to article:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SSgt Rob Gutierrez-12 OAY

Please pass to CCA members:

CSAF has chosen SSgt Rob Gutierrez as one of this year's 12 Outstanding Airmen.

Rob (GZ) is a Combat Controller assigned to the 21 STS.


Thanks, RA

Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thank you for your donation

Hello Everyone,
We made close to 4K on our trip alone, that does not include the donations that were pledged through this web page! Hope everyone had a great time and if you look at our page you will see we surpassed our goal. Yes, it took 2 years but we made it! Next year we will do it in 4 months!

Thank you all who participated in the ride, great memories made, friendships started, old friends reconnected. If you were there, AWESOME!! is not a word that does the experience justice. If there were some of you sitting on the fence, trust me, it is worth every minute that you commit. For those of you that could only buy a shirt, or made a donation, thank you very much. It is going to be hard to top next year but we have a tradition to continue to get better. Until next year, never forget those that have paid the ultimate price for us to continue
with what we love to do.

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


Thursday, July 22, 2010

WARNING ORDER/Escort Remains – Larry Lower

TO: CCT Motorcycle Riders

Mission: Escort remains of team mate Larry Lower (CCT, retired) from Hurlburt Field Chapel to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fl.

Schedule: Memorial services will begin at the chapel 1130 hours, 23 Jul 10.

Staging: 1100 hours (chapel parking lot)

Briefing: 1115 hours

Ride Captain: Bud Gonzalez

NAS Pensacola Gate: 1345 hours

Interment Ceremony: 1400 hours

Flag: Mount American Flag on motorcycles.

Dress: Motorcycle attire (black preferred) w/CCA shirt if available.

Safety: Helmets (also be prepared to meet USAF and Navy standards).

Hurlburt Entrance: Contact Clyde Howard, 850-499-2065 if you intend to ride. You will be pre-registered for pass pick up at the gate if you do not possess a government ID. Expect delay/refusal for entry if you fail to coordinate.
**Wake scheduled to begin 1700 hours at Helen Back in Navarre, Hwy 98, just across the road from McDonalds.

For the Blog,

Procedure for entry to Hurlburt for those attending the memorial on July 23rd who don’t possess a govt ID card:
-Do not go to the Visitor’s Control Center
-Drive directly up to the Hurlburt Main Gate and when stopped tell the guard that you are attending the Lower Memorial Service. You will have to show a valid driver’s license (picture ID).
They confirmed with me today that the passes are already made up and will be in place at the guard shacks tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Services for MSgt (Ret) Larry Lower

MSgt Larry Lower, CCT retired, 2-term Combat Control Association President and reigning Treasurer passed away yesterday (13 Jul 2010) at his home in Navarre, FL after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements have been made for his memorial service at the Base Chapel on Hurlburt Field AFB at 1130 and interment service at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola NAS at 1400 on 23 July.

I'll pass more information as I get it.

Wayne G. Norrad
Larry's wife Beverly has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.
Allen Hooper

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tim Davis Memorial March on First Giving

Hello All,

That time of year again for our Tim Davis/Special Tactics Memorial March. We are raising money for SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION - please make a donation and get further information by visiting our 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!

Tim Davis/Special Tactics Memorial March Team

Powered by:FirstGiving, 48 Grove Street, #106, Somerville, MA 02144

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aderholt Memorial

The Memorial Service for Brig Gen Heinie Aderholt has been moved to the weather alternate site at the Soundside Club facility, adjacent to old Officesr Club on south side of Hwy 98.

Dear CCA/CCT Members,

For those in the Fort Walton Beach area. I highly encourage all CCT, present or former, whether you knew him or not -- to pay your respects to one of the greatest Air Force leaders ever, Brig Gen “Heinie” Aderholt (Ret.) also known as Air Commando One.

A memorial service is scheduled on Friday, July 2 at 9 a.m. at the Hurlburt Field Air Park. I hope many of you will attend. See you there!


Wayne G. Norrad
President, Combat Control Association

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eye of the Storm (EOS) Supplements


After weeks of searching and experimentation, I have found a long-term storage area that offers easy accessability to EOS supplements; ie, new articles that fit the EOS profile.

When you arrive at the website, you will be able to select an article to read. The are listed chronologically - newest first.

Clicking on an article will open it in a "THUMB NAIL"-like format.

Click DOWNLOAD to read full screen.
Sincerely,GENE ADCOCK (Ak)(352) 391-1269 Cell (352)255-81561027 Isle of Palms Path, The Villages, FL 32162


CCT @ The Eye of the Storm:
CCS Heritage Foundation Blog:
CCS Heritage Foundation Website:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fanning Retirement Invite

As many of you know, TSgt Jack Fanning was finishing up training at the 24 STS. On the last parachute training event, he broke his neck and received a severe spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed. Jack will be retired from active duty on 21 July 2010. All CCA members are invited to attend.

Detailed information follows:
Event: TSgt Jack R. Fanning's retirement

Location: Navy Operation Support Center Fort Worth
1803 Doolittle Ave.
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Start Time: 1300

Reception follows the event in the same location.

Civ - Business Casual
Mil - UOD

RSVP by 15 Jul to Luis O. Ferrer, 24STS DSN: 383-0534 COMM: 910-243-0534


Civ CCT slot

STTS civilian CCT instructor position available. External Announcement will open 29-JUN-2010 and close 05-JUL-2010.

It may be located on USAJOBS website at and the announcement number is 361755; USAJOBS Control Number is 1954096.

CMSgt Mickey Wright
Special Tactics Training Squadron
100 Servais Way
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544
850-884-2172 / DSN 579-2172

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Air Force Wounded Warrior parachutes

Staff Sgt. Shaun Meadows, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, the first Active Duty double amputee in Air Force history to successfully perform a personnel drop, will lead members of his unit’s command element as they parachute onto McChord Field as part of the 22ndSpecial Tactics Squadron change of command ceremony June 16, 10 a.m.

During the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron change of command ceremony Lt. Col. Michael J. Flatten will assume command from Lt. Col. Bryan H. Cannady. Cannady assumed command of the 22nd STS June 2008 and will be reassigned to Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. Flatten, a Texas A&M graduate comes to JBLM from his most recent assignment with the Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlbert Field, Fla.

Link to article:

Below are links to coverage of SSgt Shaun Meadows HALO from Monday.

Shaun made AF history as the first double-amputee Airman to conduct a HALO.

Thanks RA

Friday, June 11, 2010

22nd STS Change of Command Ceremony

Please join us for the 22d Special Tactics Squadron change of command on
16 Jun 10 at 0945. Location will be in building 304 (22 STS/McChord Field).
Weather permitting, the official party will freefall jump into the ceremony.
Reception immediately following.

Here is your link to your e-Invite:


Rebecca E. Craig

304 Pitsenbarger Blvd.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98438

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Retirement of CMSgt DJ Cantwell

"Col Brad Thompson officiated the retirement of CMSgt DJ Cantwell on 4 Jun 2010. It was a great turnout from both Jenni and DJ's side of the family. We also had a very large representation of fellow STS and other members from across the Air Force both active duty and retired with standing room only. Though we have lost DJ as an active duty CMSgt, we still have him as an advocate for ST in the Pentagon working more strategic level Special Operations issues on the Joint Staff. Hoo-Yah DJ, thanks again for everything!!!"


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

720 STG Change of Command

Lieutenant General Donald C. Wurster

Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command

cordially invites you to a change of command ceremony

at which

Colonel Bradley P. Thompson

will relinquish command of the

720th Special Tactics Group


Colonel Robert G. Armfield

on Thursday, the third of June, two thousand and ten

at eight o’clock in the morning

Air Park

Hurlburt Field, Florida

Reception immediately following at the Soundside Club

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Argel, Crate, Fresques Memorial Push-Ups

Don’t forget your Memorial Push Ups for Capt. Derek M. Argel, 28, of Lompoc Calif. Capt. Jeremy J. Fresques 26, of Clarkdale Ariz.; and Staff Sgt. Casey J. Crate, 26, of Spanaway Wash. All were assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. These teammates were lost when their plane crashed May 30 2005 about 80 miles north east of Baghdad in the Diyala province.

Friday, May 28, 2010


VACANCY: Control and Recovery - Special Tactics Officer AFSC 13D3B Authorized Grade: Maj

CLOSE OUT: 15 July 2010

Commissioned officers in any U.S. Military branch, ORANG personnel who are eligible for commissioning, or personnel who are eligible to be appointed in the ORANG who meet the below requirements. All qualified applicants will be interviewed.

All application packages submitted must contain the following information:

Officers: resume describing education and experience, reference listing, a vMPF Records Review RIP, and a current Physical Fitness Assessment. Non-Air Force component officers must also include an AF FM 24.

Civilians and Enlisted members: resume describing education and experience, reference listing, a vMPF Records Review RIP, a current Physical Fitness Assessment, college transcripts, AFOQT score, letters of recommendation and an AF FM 24.

For questions regarding the application process, contact MSgt Elaine Nguyen at (503) 335-4057, DSN 638-4057. Submit completed packages to 142 FSS/FSMP, 6801 N.E. Cornfoot Rd, Portland, OR 97218-2797.

1. Specialty Summary:
1.1. Provides assault zone reconnaissance and assessments, terminal control, and personnel recovery (PR). Manages day-to-day operations of PR activities to coordinate PR system and organize, train and equip assigned personnel to conduct rescue and recovery operations; manages survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) programs; and surveys, establishes, and controls the aerospace surface interface in objective areas. Deploys as team member, team leader or mission commander as a direct combatant or to command and battle staffs to provide subject matter expertise to plan for and manage command and control for special reconnaissance, terminal control and PR operations. Related DoD Occupational Group: 220500.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:
2.1. Plans missions and manages PR, SERE, and control of the aerospace interface in objective areas. Supports joint and combined forces engaged in conventional and special operations air, ground, and maritime military operations. Advises on readiness of forces based on force status reports, inspections, training exercise and evaluation results. Coordinates, plans, and conducts PR missions, emergency trauma care, movement and medical evaluation of personnel.

Must maintain physical fitness and water confidence standards IAW AFI 13-219, Special Tactics Operator Standards and Evaluation Program, and AFSOCI 36-2204, Special Tactics Operator Training, throughout the training pipeline.


Commander, 142 FSS

BGen Aderholt's Passing

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Harry C. "Heinie" Aderholt passed away May 20, 2010, at his home, surrounded by family, loyal friends and his devoted caregiver, Jamie Newman..He was born on Jan. 6, 1920, in Birmingham, Ala., to Forest Aderholt and Katie Banholzer and was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Jessie; brothers, Roy Aderholt and Robert Aderholt; and sister, Cornelia Akin.He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Janet Lynn Elliott and husband Chaplin Col. (Ret.) Richard G. Elliott Jr. of Panama City, Fla.; son, George Aderholt and wife Pat of Navarre, Fla.; one sister, Katherine McDaniel of Trussville, Ala.; two brothers, Warren Aderholt and his wife Bunny of Marietta, Ga., and Louis Aderholt of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Kevin Richard Elliott and wife Kathy Anderson Elliott, Stacie Lynn Elliott, Kellie Marie Elliott and Mark Randall Elliott; great-granddaughter, Annie Lynn Elliott; and several nieces and nephews.Heinie was one of seven children raised by his widowed mother (his father died, as a result of an accident, when Heinie was just a boy of nine), and he learned very early in life many lessons that would shape his future. Undoubtedly, his mother's influence from her strength, courage, love and strict discipline, provided him with the solid foundation that helped him to grow and develop into the remarkable man he became.Heinie's love of people was obvious and his sincerity and straight forward, up-front approach encouraged the development of many life-long friendships. None more enduring than the bond of love, loyalty and mutual respect that he shared with Maj. Gen. Richard Secord.We wish to thank his faithful friend, Joseph Caruth, who enabled him to continue his early morning ritual of working out at Aderholt Fitness Center.Until his final days he remained close to his brothers and sister and their families. As recently as late January, he made a trip to Birmingham, on to Huntsville, then to Atlanta, assuring all he would be back soon.Gen. Aderholt's 30-plus year military career is legendary. His status as a leader, his many accomplishments, awards and citations will be recorded in the annals of military history.His innumerable friends will remember him as a man of integrity with a loving heart who inspired and touched so many lives.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Gen. Aderholt be made to the McCoskrie Threshold Foundation, P.O. Box 67, Mary Esther, FL 32569, to support projects in Thailand and Laos.A special thank you to the staff at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at Hurlburt Air Park on July 2 at 9 a.m.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Air Force takes gold in pistol competition

Staff Sgt. Marc Esposito, a combat controller from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., brought home gold May 13 in the pistol-shooting competition at the inaugural Warrior Games here moments after earning bronze in the 20-kilometer upright bike competition.

"It's exactly what we're trained to do as U.S. Air Force special operators," he said. "The battlefield is as dynamic as the sports field, and you're going to have to go from one extreme to the other. And, you have to do it quickly, and you have to do it flawlessly, without fault.

"Sergeant Esposito is no stranger to shooting. His job as a combat controller often put him at risk in situations where he had to return fire on the enemy. He said he was able to use that experience to his benefit, despite the differences between shooting in combat and shooting competitively.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Combat Controller to compete in Warrior Games

According to the Warrior Games Web site, "The Warrior Games provide a focal event to empower the incorporation of athletics into military wounded warrior programs, and provide an opportunity to introduce paralympic sports to injured service members, while at the same time building camaraderie and raising awareness of paralympic competition and adaptive sports in general.

"The games are a joint effort between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee and are part of an effort to inspire recovery, capitalize on physical fitness, and promote new opportunities for growth and achievement, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee Web site. Since 2003, the U.S. Paralympics Committee has worked in partnership with Veterans Affairs, providing adaptive sports therapy to veterans.

Link to the article below.

Lt Col Parks Hughes
Commander, 21st Special Tactics Squadron

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CCT in Haiti Video


I found this Haiti rescue video on-line. I'd not seen it before. You might want to post it on the CCT Blog.

Sincerely,GENE ADCOCK (Ak)

Monday, May 10, 2010

CCT WIA - Dalton

SSgt Travis Dalton, CCT from the 320 STS was injured Friday night. The vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by an IED. He was able to walk away and remained in the fight, but sustained several fragmentation injuries and some serious road rash from being thrown. All indications are that he will recover quickly and completely. He remains in great spirits and as you can imagine w/ most of our operators, is upset he can't remain in the fight. He has already been presented w/ the Purple Heart by the Commander, COMCJSOTF-A.

Please keep he and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to recover.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Extra SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT for those with active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001

From the C3F JAG: Recommend you print this out and put it in your financial files to ensure you collect additional social security payments based on your military service.

BLUF: When you apply for social security, bring your DD214 to the social security office and you may qualify for higher benefits. Additional payments based on military service are not automatic – you must request this benefit at the time of Social Security application in order to receive it. Additional details below.


See the web site & notes below to possibly increase your Social Security Benefits.

DD FORM 214 -- SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Please share this with anyone who had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement. In a nutshell it boils down to this:

You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!

Service in 1978 through 2001
For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings. Check with Social Security for details.

Soc Sec website:

This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001.

FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it! We've all been on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.

Passing on good information for all you military folks when you apply for social security. I know this may be too early for some of you to think about social security but, keep living and you will get there...

Regional Resource Coordinator
Maryland's Commitment to Veterans Project State of Maryland- Southern Region Human Services Partnership Building La Plata, Maryland 20646

Captain Rory Suzuki, US Navy
Office of the Secretary of De

Chief Master Sergeant Tony Travis - The 2010 TIME 100 - TIME

When chief master sergeant Antonio "Tony" Travis arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport shortly after January's earthquake, there was only one usable runway, the air-traffic-control tower was structurally unsafe, and 42 aircraft were grounded in a space designed for 12. Time was of the essence: the Haitians were in dire need of supplies that had to be brought in by air, but the damage meant that far fewer planes could be accommodated.

Read more:,28804,1984685_1984949_1985270,00.html?artId=1984685?contType=article?chn=specials

125 STS AGR Hiring

We are hiring one full time CCT position within the next 45 days and another within approximately 90 days. We are trying to get the word out as much as possible. Can you post it to the CCT Blog and the CCA mailing address? We want to make sure as many guys hear about it as possible.

You can also find the listing at>

Thanks for any help.


Luke W. Thompson, MSgt, ORANG

Squadron Superintendent

125 Special Tactics Squadron

DSN 638-5170 Com 503-335-5170

Cell 503-545-8293


Grenada Vets

An amateur military historian contacted me through the Spectre Association wanting signatures of Urgent Fury veterans on a lithograph. I agreed to take point for the FWB area and wish to get as many signatures as I can before I send it back to him. There are a lot of names on it already, but there is still room for more.

If you wish to sign, please contact me and I will bring it to you for your signature. Please forward this message to other Urgent Fury vets also.

Please advise,


Bill Walter
Strike Requirements
AC-XX, AC-130, Dragon Spear
DSN 579-4184
Com: 850-884-4184

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Announcement Message 2010 Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

1. The Air Force Sergeants Association, sponsor of the Pitsenbarger Award, has selected Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Byrne, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina (AFSOC), as the winner of the 2010 AFSA Pitsenbarger Award.

2. The Pitsenbarger award annually recognizes an Air Force enlisted member who has performed a heroic act, on or off duty, which resulted in the saving of life or the prevention of serious injury. While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Sergeant Byrne executed multiple day and night rotary-wing infiltrations with his special forces team to capture high-value targets and disrupt a large drug and explosives nexus. His team was ambushed while operating in the objective area. Without regard for his life, Sergeant Byrne maintained an exposed position in order to identify, target and destroy the enemy with airpower. He called in one "danger close" air strike and several gun runs within 100 meters, preventing the element from being overrun.

3. SSgt Byrne is authorized the Air Force Recognition Ribbon in accordance with AFI 36-2805, Special Trophies and Awards.

4. The award will be presented to SSgt Byrne at the AFSA Honors Banquet, 18 August 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia


Director, Personnel Services


Friday, April 30, 2010

Winner of 2 Silver Stars: 'You can't call a timeout in a war zone'

Military: 11 airmen given medals - including 3 silver stars - for bravery

Machine gun rounds flew all around him from 30 feet away. He sprinted through the fire to a position from which he could attack. He shot a rocket-propelled grenade into a room occupied by Taliban fighters.

And when that didn’t clear them out, Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Harvell dodged the gunfire again, covering his team as he went.

Then he called in airstrikes that reportedly killed more than 50 insurgents in Central Afghanistan’s Helmand River area.

Read more:

You tube link to ceremony:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Award Winner - 2009 AFSOC STO & CCT

Please pass on your congratulations to the below members for being selected
as Special Tactics Officer & Combat Controllers of the Year (2009)





Wednesday, April 28, 2010

4th Annual NW Loop/Special Operations Warrior Foundation Fund Raising Ride

I hope the following catches you in good spirits and health. Summer is fast approaching and schedules need to be made. I hope that you will make an effort to participate in our annual ride through the great northwest. 22-24 July 2010

Below is the web page for all the information that you will need to come with us this year to have some incredible fun and amazing riding. Even if you don't ride, meet us at one of scheduled stops to catch up or make a donation on the web page to a very worthy cause. For those of you who do not know what Special Operations Warrior Foundation is about check them out at, I promise you will not be disappointed in the few minutes that it takes.
I hope to see you all on our trip and please feel free to pass it on your facebook, twitter, or any other way to get the word out to anyone you think will enjoy the time and appreciate the camaraderie.


Robert Pittman