Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clyde Howard Celebration of Life

Dear CCA Members,

If you haven’t heard the news, Clyde Howard passed away last week. He was found in his garage slumped over his office computer… likely died of a heart attack. Keeping with Clyde’s wishes and “style” he didn’t want a funeral service or a memorial ceremony. Keeping with those wishes his brother, Eddie, and Clyde’s children invite you to attend a “party” in his memory at the VFW Spectre Post on Hwy. 98 in Navarre, Fla. tomorrow, 30 Dec. at 1330.

P.S. With our CCA Secretary on leave, I looked through the CCA Directory to find those I thought were close to Clyde and those in the local area who may be able to attend his celebration. If you know of others, please let them know.

This has been a sad two weeks for CCT. For those who haven’t been on Facebook or the CCA Blog, you may not have been notified of our loses. We lost Rex Evitts (Cancer), Gus Rhinehart (Cancer), Stan Braxton (stroke and complications following a motorcycle racing accident) and Clyde within the last two weeks. Not a very good holiday season for their family and friends.

Here’s wishing all of you a better time in 2012.


Wayne Norrad

Monday, December 19, 2011

Memorial Service for MSgt (Retired) Gus Rhinehart

The Memorial Service for MSgt (Retired) Gus Rhinehart will take place at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care (400 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206) on Thursday, 22 December 2011, at 3 P.M. The family has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) or the Banner Gardens Hospice House, Mesa, AZ 85208.

LINK TO Obituary:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stan Braxton Service Info

In order to ensure there is no confusion this is for

Fayetteville GEORGIA

We believe we have the plans in final.

The viewing will be Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:00pm through 8:00pm
Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home
180 Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville GA 30214

The Funeral will be Thursday, December 22, 2011, 2:00pm
Fayetteville First United Methodist Church
175 East Lanier Ave.
Fayetteville GA 30214-1659

Followed by a graveside ceremony with military honors at

Fayetteville City Cemetary
210 Stonewall Ave W
Fayetteville GA 30214

We are hoping to secure an area to gather for a reception after the graveside services back at the church, so we can all spend time sharing stories and honoring Stan.

Since we have decided to go ahead and have the funeral at the church, there is no longer any reason for a headcount.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Stan Braxton has passed

I regret to report that Stan passed away this afternoon at a hospital in AL. Currently they are planning for a service in Fayetteville GA on Tues. Stan is survived by his wife Coke who also retired from the 24 and their two teenage children.

MTF as we get information.



MSgt (Retired) Larry D. “Gus” Rhinehart has passed

MSgt (Retired) Larry D. “Gus” Rhinehart passed away in hospice on 15 December 2011 after a long bout with cancer. Gus was a career Combat Controller who served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1994. Gus’ CCT assignments included Dyess AFB, Ramstein AB, Langley AFB, McChord AFB, Rhine Main AB, Hurlburt Field, Scott AFB and Kirtland AFB. Gus held ratings and qualifications as a Master Parachutist, HALO/HAHO Jumpmaster and Instructor, Combat Diver, Dive Supervisor and Instructor, Castmaster and Rappel Instructor, Cross Country Ski Instructor, Explosives Safety Supervisor and Senior Air Traffic Controller. Gus was also a Sky Hook Master and completed a live Fulton Recovery in 1981. He served in the Gulf War and was awarded the Bronze Star. After Military retirement Gus served 15 years as a Boeing Tower Air Traffic Controller, rising to the position of Tower Chief. Gus was the epitome of the CCT motto “No Sky Too High, No Blast Too Fast, No Job Too Tough, No Sea Too Rough”. Gus was always a team guy who was respected and loved by his team mates.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MSgt (Ret.) Rex Evitts passed away

Sorry to inform you that MSgt (Ret.) Rex Evitts passed away yesterday evening. Fondly called Ranger Rex, he was one of the original team members at Det 1, MACOS (now known as 24 STS). He was on a combat jump into Grenada in 1983. We lost a great team mate and warrior. Condolences to wife Lenora and family members. RIP.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Job for Former CCT

Immediate opening available Ultralife Communications Systems is currently seeking an experienced CCT or Air Force communicator with SF background for a sales position

Immediate opening available.

Please send resumes to

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Colonel Brett J. Nelson,
Air Force Special Operations Command,
Chief, Analysis and Lessons Learned Division cordially invites you to attend
the retirement of
Senior Master Sergeant Arthur L. Cadena
on Friday, the thirteenth of January
Two thousand twelve
at two o'clock
Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS)

Military: UOD

Civilian: Business casual, no coat required

Location: STTS Fresques Auditorium

100 Service Way Hurlburt Field, FL 32544

R.s.v.p. by 9 January 2012

850 884 2597/2327

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CCT 2012 Mini-Reunion Las Vegas

The 2nd annual CCT mini-reunion Las Vegas will be held from 15th March to 18th March 2012. For further information, and to register, go to

Check out our Facebook page,, to view photos and read reviews from last year's event. We had over 60 attendees for the inaugural event and hope to hit 100 this time. The host hotel will be the South Point Hotel and Casino. The primary POC's are Sean McPartland, Scotty Light, and Kyle Stanbro. Guaranteed to have a great time!!!

Sean McPartland LM-332

Monday, November 28, 2011

Support for Stan Braxton

I’m sure you’re following the horrible accident Stan had. Can we post this website on the CCT blogs?


Thanks Mickey

Mickey Wright

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stan Braxton Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Stan Braxton (CCT, retired) suffered a stroke while riding his track bike at Barbour Motor Speedway near Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday afternoon. At turn 9 he never even affected the turn and drove straight into a barrier. He took a guardrail to the chest, broke his left hand, T-12 vertebrae, and has several smashed ribs. His injuries are so severe they have induced a coma and paralysis until he can be removed from the ventilator and breath on his own. We will not know the extent of any of his other injuries to include the stroke, until they are able to wake him up and evaluate him, so we are in a holding pattern for an extended period of time here at UAB Trauma ICU, in Birmingham.

Please keep Stan in your prayers. This isn't going to go away quickly, so we are in it for the long haul. I know you will be concerned and I will keep everyone as updated as possible, probably using SgtMacsBar.

I know how much you care about Stan and UAB is one of the best trauma centers in the US, so he is right where he needs to be... and I will keep you posted.


Carmela M. Braxton

Monday, November 7, 2011

Veteran's Day 11 Nov 11 - "Deals" for Vets and Servicemembers

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be 7 entrées to choose from <> . Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at <> .

Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations <> .

Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit

Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals and contributed over $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Hooters – Free Meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, <> .

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 13, 2011: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 13th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: M&S Veterans Appreciation Event <> .

Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Monday Nov. 7 – Friday Nov. 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit,

The Outback understands commitment. For the past two years, The Outback, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront <> , a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families.

Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.

Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. November 11-14.

Uno Chicago Grill, Friday, Nov. 11. Uno’s is offering a free entree or individual pizza with a purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value. Offer good for all military for veterans and active duty military. ID or proof of service required: Show up in uniform (if your service permits), provide military ID, show a picture of yourself in uniform, or have other ID showing proof of service. More info here <> .

Home Depot and Lowes Coupon Updates

Update: Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday <> .

Home Depot: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online <> .

Lowes: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’ <> .

Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day

Here's to the Heroes

Anheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary <> , and ticket application <> .

Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13th. The complimentary ticket incudes admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs, as well as free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets are only available at on-site ticket sales locations. Tickets are also available to families of deployed servicemembers. Tickets available on the following dates: Nov. 11-13 <> .

Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11-13. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar <> .

Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 24 November (Thanksgiving Day). Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each. More info <> .

Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event <> .

San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX). November 7-13: Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and (on November 12-13) the special exhibit to all veterans and their families. More info <> .

Bed and Breakfast for Vets

In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets <> .

Free Hugo® Canes for Veterans.

Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 9th, 10th, 11th, 2011 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required, but proof of military service may be required. For more information, visit <> .

Other Veteran’s Day Discounts

Here are some additional Veteran’s Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.

* Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans <> , which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes on Veterans Day in 2010.
* – Discount “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. This downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon on Veteran’s Day to download the album <> .
* Netflix – One Month Free Trial <> .
* Sport Clips – FREE haircut to active-duty military & veterans. Offer only available at select locations <> . Please call to verify local participation.
* Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans (check out the Star Spangled donut!).

LTCol Ray Rubel has passed

Ray Rubel, LM-241, died this afternoon. He was comander of the 1st APS at Dyess in the early 70's, and Ops Officer of the 3 APS, in the 60's, as well as Mobility Officer at the 8th APS 66 to 68, I believe. He lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A memorial sevice is to be held this Sunday - burial is planned in Arliington as soon as it can be arranged. He CCT was a true friend of mine and CCT.

FROM: Don Horton

LT. COL. RAY R., Nov. 4, 2011, of Cherry Hill, NJ. Husband of Oria Rubel. Father of Andrea Rubel, Nora (Rob Nipe) Rubel and Talia (Ken Ryan) Rubel. Grandfather of Zoe and Ruby. Relatives and friends are invited Sunday beginning 12:15 P.M. to PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 2001 Berlin Rd. Cherry Hill, where Funeral Services will begin promptly at 1 P.M. Jewish War Veterans Service will begin at 12:45 P.M. Interment Arlington National Cemetery to be scheduled at a later date. Shiva will be observed at the late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, Dela-ware Valley Chapter, 385 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.


Joint Terminal Attack Control (I) Program Management

Joint Terminal Attack Control (I) Program Management

Location: North Carolina, Fayetteville

Company: MacAulay-Brown, Inc.

Clearance: Secret

Provides support for AFSOC squadron JTAC programs by providing JTAC program management to the 21 STS. The applicant shall also support AFSOC squadrons’ training to include JTAC, JTAC-I, JTAC-SEE, duties on local and off station ranges. The employee shall provide supervision and other services necessary to perform JTAC/JTAC-I/JTAC-SEE control duties in accordance with pertinent SOCOM, Air Force, AFSOC, 720 STG, and squadron directives.

Link to site:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Air Force Cross (AFC) Ceremony Transportation

If you are planning on attending the Combat Control Reunion In-brief 27 Oct 11/0900-1000 at the Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS) and wish to attend the AFC ceremony which follows, transportation across base to the Freedom Hanger has been arranged.

AFC ceremony attendees will be provided bus transportation with the following timeline:

0900-1020 Buses from STTS to the AFC ceremony at the Hurlburt Fld, Freedom Hanger

A/R Buses from AFC ceremony to the STTS

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Task Force Ranger Participants

James L Oeser Col USAF (Ret)
5th Commander 24 STS

Request anyone assigned to the 24 STS involved in Task Force Ranger operations contact me if interested in the following.

I've been contacted by a person that takes posters depicting military operations and tries to get signatures on these posters from people involved.

He is presently gaining signatures for Somalia, TF Ranger, 1993.

Some who have already signed the poster are Gen Boykin, ADM Olsen, Howard Wasdin, Col McKnight,,Matt Eversmann, Lee Van Arsdale, CSM Mel Wick, Norm Hooten, Rob Marsh, SMgt Tom Colbert, Mike Durant, Col Tom Matthews, and many others.

This individual has done the same thing for the Son Tay Raid, Rescue of Scott O'grady, CMH recipients, Urgent Fury, Mayaguez, Roberts Ridge, CSAR Vietnam, and others.

If you were there and desire to sign the poster, contact me and I'll pass the contact info to you.

This is a CCT WEB site but if you know how to contact the PJs involved, please pass that info to me.

Another note, there was an initial deployment and after 4 Oct, a second deployment of troops. Anyone on the second deployment is encouraged to contact me for this opportunity.

Send an email to:
I'll take it from there.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Memorial March Ceremony

Major Travis L. Woodworth
Commander Special Tactics Training School
requests the pleasure of your company at a
Memorial Ceremony
in honor of
Fallen Warriors
on Wednesday, the twenty sixth of October
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Special Tactics Training School
Hurlburt Field, Florida

Reception immediately following

Military: Duty Uniform Civilian: Business Attire


General Norton A. Schwartz
The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
requests the honor of your presence at which the
Air Force Cross
will be presented to
Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez, Jr.
and the
Silver Star
will be presented to
Technical Sergeant Ismael Villegas
on Thursday, the twenty-seventh of October
at ten-thirty o’clock
Freedom Hangar
Hurlburt Field, Florida

Thursday, September 29, 2011

21 STS Combat Controller awarded Silver Star

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

9/29/2011 - POPE FIELD, N.C. (AFNS) --

When you are an Air Force combat controller in Afghanistan "just doing my job" can make for a very eventful day at the office.

That is how Staff Sgt. C. Caleb Gilbreath described his actions in a running firefight against the Taliban in Konduz Province Oct. 30 to Nov. 6, 2008, earning him a Silver Star for bravery.

Gilbreath was assigned to a U.S. Army Special Forces team when his unit was ambushed by a large Taliban force outside of a local village. As mortar and rocket-propelled grenade rounds impacted within 15 feet of his position, Gilbreath directed pinpoint bomb strikes that devastated the enemy and halted the attack, according to reports.

Later, Gilbreath's team began a clearing operation in a nearby village when they again came under attack from an estimated 120 Taliban and foreign fighters, officials said. Surrounded by the enemy, the team reached the center of the town as bullets and shrapnel impacted Gilbreath's vehicle from all directions.


CCA Website is up!

The new CCA Web Site is up and running, although not complete. The on-line reunion registration page is up… with PayPal (credit card) as a payment option. If not, you can complete and print the online form or fill out the form provided in the July/August 2011 Newsletter (last page) and mail it with your check to CCA, P.O. Box 432, Mary Esther, FL, 32569-0432.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Obit William T. Hall

September 13, 2011, William T. Hall passed away quietly in the arms of his loving wife of thirty-seven years. Will was born on April 8, 1951 and was raised just outside of Dayton, Ohio in a large extended family. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1969 right out of high school, and after graduating from technical school, Will was assigned to the Combat Control Team at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

On New Years Eve in 1972, Will and Brenda L. Mains met and fell in love. In March 1974, they married and soon received orders for Elmondorf Air Force Base, Alaska where they spent three glorious, fun-filled years in the great outdoors. In 1977, Will separated from the active duty military and chose to move back to paradise here in Northwest Florida, where he soon entered the Air Force Reserves and completed his 20 years of service at Duke Field, Florida.

In 1979, Will and Brenda opened and managed the Flowercart Florist along with another local couple, Dr Keith and Lynne Amiel. In 1989, after selling the florist Will found a job with Civil Service at Sight C-6 in the Freeport area.

In 1991, Will began his battle with cancer. During his initial surgery and chemotherapy, it was only with the help of the leave days donated by his co-workers that Will was able to focus on healing, recovering, and returning to work in remission. Thank you once again. Over the past twenty years, Will’s cancer has returned, and three times he was forced back into surgery. Each time he soldiered on without complaint.

Just before his death, Will was again diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer and he and Brenda went to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville to seek treatment. The chemotherapy was too much this time, and Will spent his last days in the care of Alive Hospice in Nashville Tennessee.

Will was preceded in death by his parents Carl Melvin and Virginia Lee of Bellbrook, Ohio, one younger brother Joe, and his uncle Dave; his parents-in-law Bob and Phyllis Mains. Will is survived by his devoted wife Brenda L. (Mains) Hall, his brothers Steve Hall and wife Janette and Donald Hall and wife Linda; his sisters Linda and husband Fred Wilburn, Joanne and husband Brian Jelley, and Mary Hall; Uncle Tom and Aunt Katie Walton and family and Uncle Bill Walton; sisters-in-law Donna Juslin-Moorcroft and partner Teri Mylett, April F. Mains, Roberta and husband Terry Berry, and Lucinda and husband Bobby Eucker; nephews Donny, Alexander, James, Josh, Zack and wife Stephanie and son Zayne, Andrew and wife Sarah and son Levi, Joshua, and Brandon; nieces Diana and son Andrew, Angela and sons Joey and Jordon, Kelly and husband Jeremie and son Malaki, Beth and daughter Taya, and Ashlea; his “scout troop” Kaleo, Iain, Louis, and Kyle; and many, many “brothers in arms”
and loving cousins and friends.

Will was medically retired for the last ten years of his life, and he and Brenda traveled the country extensively, enjoying all our natural gifts and wonders. Will was an active member of the Air Commando and Combat Control Associations and a proud Okaloosa Democrat. He was an unabashed patriot. Will kept a beautiful garden at his “Florida Vacation Home” here in Mary Esther and was a shameless “tree hugger.” He is sorely missed by all the neighborhood’s stay cats, wild birds, turtles, and snakes too.

William will be remembered at a “celebration of life” to be held at the Soundside Club at Hurlburt Field on Saturday October 1, at 5:00 pm. A RSVP will be required for friends who would like to attend, but don’t have a Military ID Card – please call 244-0633 and leave a message by the evening of Sept. 28.

We will also hold a celebration on the evening of October 28 for all his Combat Control friends to attend during their reunion.

Friends who wish may contribute in memory of William T. Hall to the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, PO Box 2007, Eglin AFB, FL 32542. Will’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ming-Chen Chang and Dr. Harvey Hsiang and their staff for the extra twenty wonder-filled years that we shared with Will.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Senior Airman Daniel Sanchez Memorial Push Ups

An Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller died 16 Sept 2010 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Senior Airman Daniel Sanchez, 23, of El Paso, Texas, died at a medical facility in Tarin Kwot, Afghanistan. He was wounded by enemy fire and subsequently died of a gunshot wound.

He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 23rd STS will hold a memorial service honoring Airman Sanchez next week, the date and time has not yet been determined.

"This terrible loss is evidence of the ultimate sacrifice our men in Air Force Special Operations Command make to protect our country and our way of life," said Maj. Chris Larkin, 23rd STS Commander. "Danny was a fine Airman and a valuable member of our close community, and he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies go out to the Sanchez family."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

William T. Hall has passed

Sad news for us all... Will gave in late this afternoon 13 Sep 11. He has been resting very peacefully for days now. He told me on Sunday that he was nearly full and when he was full, he was done. I guess he was full.

We spent our last lucid moments remembering all the good times we've shared. We replayed all our wonder filled trips and wonderful visits with friends and family. He shared the weekend with friends and family. He played air guitar, air piano, and air trumpet along with the greats of country music being piped in through the speaker in his bed.

Will was the sweetest, kindest, friend and partner anyone could wish for. The hardest part has been having to watch him experience so much pain the last couple of months. Thankfully that pain has not touched him since we moved to this hospice on Friday.

On Monday. I made arrangements with a local funeral home for Will's cremation. After the paperwork is complete and he's ready to go, I will take him back to our Florida vacation home. Right now my plans are to have a cookout around the end of Oct. when many of our friends will be in town for a CCA reunion. I will let you know how our plans progress or change.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Great news for one of our wounded CCT

A member of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Meadows lost both legs in July 2008 during a combat reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan when he was hit by ...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A sad homecoming for Long Beach Airman

Services Saturday for Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell.

LOS ALAMITOS — Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell arrived home for the last time Tuesday.

On a hot, cloudless day at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, the body of the 26-year-old combat veteran from Long Beach was returned to his family and a group of about 300 mourners.

A public memorial service and burial will be held Saturday.
Harvell died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in crashed after being hit with enemy fire from Taliban insurgents.

The crash, which killed 38, including 30 Americans, most of whom were elite Navy SEALs, was the largest single deadliest loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Request for Commemorative stories and pictures of Dan, John, and Andy


The 24th is requests anyone who knew Andy, John, or Dan to send personal stories and/or pictures. These stories and pictures will be consolidated into a book and presented to each of the family's.

Send John and Dan's stories/pictures to:

Zachary Marchun
Cell Phone: (229) 834-9652
Nipr email:
Address: 430 North Ridge Street, Southern Pines, NC, 28387

Send Andy's stories/pictures to:

Dave Orvosh (Squish)
Cell Phone: 910-584-5161
Nipr email: & (forward to both emails)
Address: 6021 Pink Drive, Fayetteville NC, 28314

This is an amazing initiative and will certainly have a powerful impact for the family's.



Pararescue Career Field Manager
Air Force Dive Program Manager

Andy Harvell's Funeral Information

- 9 Sep @ 1800L: Harvell Family Memorial in the Queen Mary Saloon Room, Long Beach, CA

- 10 Sep @ 1400L: Harvell Funeral Chapel Service and
follow-on internment at Los Angeles National Cemetery

Thursday, September 1, 2011

On 1 Oct 2011, the Pinehurst Triathlon will be held. Men and women from the 21STS, 43AG, and other units will swim 1500m, bike 30 miles, and run 6.2 miles. Some will do all three events, some will race as a team, while some will volunteer. All are raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).

The SOWF started in 1980 following the Iranian hostage rescue attempt. They provided college educations for the 17 children who survived the nine men killed or incapacitated at Desert One.

Today, the SOWF provides the children of fallen warriors with a full college education, including tuition, books, fees, room and board, and a computer and printer. SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to the families of severely wounded special operations warriors.

How you can help:
Race: You can still sign up as an individual or as a team. We have over 25 people signed up to participate, many doing their first triathlon

Donate: Each participate is trying to raise $300 to go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Volunteer: The race will donate $20 per volunteer or $1000 for 40 volunteers

Let us know if you want to join us!

• If doing the race, wanting to volunteer, donate, or want more information; contact the 21STS ( or 910-394-1590).

• Make all donations out to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Mailing address for the 21STS:

Attn: Lt Col Cocanour
1520 Hurst St.

Pope Field, NC 28308

• 21STS will hold training clinics for those doing their first triathlon

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lt. Colonel Andre Menard
Commander, 34th Combat Training Squadron
requests the pleasure of your company at the

Operating Location – Alpha 720 th Operations Support Squadron
Retirement Ceremony
Technical Sergeant Grady Tucker

on Tuesday, the Twenty-Seventh of September
at two o’clock in the afternoon in the
34th CTS auditorium Bldg 160 Marshall Road
Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas
Reception immediately following in the squadron lounge

R.s.v.p. by 20th of Sep Civilian: Business Casual
MSgt Vince O’Dell(501) 425-4937 Military: Uniform of the Day

Monday, August 22, 2011

5th NW Loop AAR

This year's ride was by far the longest loop we have done. The loop was 1012 miles of spectacular mountain and high desert roads. The event started with a BBQ at the Firehouse Pub where we collected over $1k in t-shirt sales, raffle items, and simply good will donations. The ride started off with 49 riders that went to the Evergreen Air Museum for a photo in front of the Spruce Goose followed by a personal tour of the museum by the Director of Operations, Larry Woods. Every stop that was made turned into a mini reunion with those that we only see once a year and of course lots of questions from the public wondering who and what we were all about. It is still amazing to me that the majority of people have heard of the Wounded Warrior Program but not the SOWF, even though they have been around for over 30 years. In regards to spreading the word, the motorcycle ride was an absolute success.

I'm not sure who rode the farthest to get to the ride but Rick Akset came up from AZ, Mark Nevatt from So CA, and Roger D James came in from MT. All of them rode over a 1000 miles just to get to the start, well done! Old Dog Roger also brought a CCT patch that generated another $500 of donations, thank you! Crater Lake is absolutely amazing to see in person. The road getting to the park was equally amazing with a 140 miles of twists and turns following a mountain river with the scent of evergreens nearly overwhelming. No major issues other than one bike giving up the ghost after the big photo at the museum. Jim Ihlan's bike decided that the first stop was going to be it's last. I have to give it to Jim for keeping the commitment strong with the riders coming out of the Tacoma area. Next year we will have a chase car and trailer to make sure everyone can stay in the game. Already thinking about next year and promise that lessons learned this year will make it even better next year.

Hope to see you then. Pitt

Friday, August 19, 2011

Adam P. Servais Memorial Push-Ups

SrA Adam Servais, died 19 Aug 2006 along with two Afghan soldiers in the southern Uruzgan province during a fight with more than 100 insurgents, according to a NATO statement. He joined the Air Force in 2002 and was a combat controller in its elite special operations command.

Don't forget your memorial push ups.

New AF basic training leader returns to his roots

The new Air Force Basic Military Training commander has a unique perspective when it comes to leading the airmen in his group.

According to archive research conducted by the 37th Training Wing Office of History, Lt. Col. Glenn Palmer is the first BMT commander who has also served in the enlisted corps.

Palmer was in Air Force Special Operations for 16 years, becoming a master sergeant as a combat controller before entering Officer Training School.

Read more:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

TACP-A Golf Tournament 24 Aug 11

24 Aug 11

0800 Shotgun Start

Fort Walton Beach Municipal Golf Course - The Pines

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

724 Ceremony and Reception at Ft Bragg

The 724 STG Memorial Service ceremony is closed unless you get on the list of invited guests. Ceremony is 1300 EST at Pope AAF, NC (724 Parachute Packing Facility - Hurst drive, same road as the 21 STS) on Thursday, 11 August 2011. Uniform is Service Dress for military and civilian suit/tie. Please have MIL ID with you. If you don't have a MIL ID you can't get on base without a personal escort.

For folks arriving MILAIR, a bus will pick you up on the flight line and take you to the PPF gate off Hurst Rd (same road the club and the 21 STS are on).

Light refreshments will be available immediately following the ceremony in the PPF.

Transportation will take you back to your aircraft between 1500-1600. We request if you have a general officer in your travel party you let us know ASAP.

For those able to stay longer, you are all invited to the post memorial reception at Ft Bragg Club (Armistead St & Totten St, Fort Bragg NC) from 1530-2100 hrs. at Ft Bragg NC.

Very Respectfully,

Michael J. Rizzuto Jr., GS-14
724 STG/Director of Staff

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MSgt Phillip W. Freeman to Retire

Lt Col Michael R. Drowley66th Weapons Squadron Commander

Requests the pleasure of your company

for a ceremony honoring

MSgt Phillip W. Freeman

OL-B 720 Operational Support Squadron/USAF Weapons School

on the occasion of his retirement

from the United States Air Force after 22 years, 10 months of active service

Friday, the twelfth of Augusttwo thousand and eleven

one o' clock in the afternoon

USAF Weapons School Auditorium

Nellis AFB NV

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Racing Truck Sports CCT Flash

Cheer for Brendan during the NASCAR Camping Truck Series race on 29 July 7:30 PM, (televised on Speed Channel) in Indianapolis, Indiana. His #62 truck will be sporting a camo paint job adorned with a CCT logo on the hood, AFSOC logo on the trunk and the Green Feet and Lightning Bolt logo on the rear bumper. He’s going with the special paint scheme to pay tribute to CCT/ST and his friend, MSgt Phil Freeman (who is retiring in August)… Phil will be his guest at the race.

Brendan’s Dad, Michael Gaughan, is an honorary commander of the USAF Weapons School at Nellis and he owns the South Point Hotel & Casino. Like his Dad, Brendan has been an avid supporter of the military and has even done tours downrange. He is particularly supportive of AFSOC and ST. In past years he has attached the CCT, AFSOC, ST, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation logos on his trunk lid in tribute to those organizations… and at no cost to the AF.

He’s been such an avid supporter of CCT that he was nominated and confirmed as an Affiliate Life Member of the Combat Control Association. You’ll often see him wearing his CCT ball cap around the track and in driver’s meetings, etc. He finished third in the race at Kentucky last week and is ranked #10 in the overall standings.



Monday, July 18, 2011

Col Marc Stratton Assumption of Command Ceremony

Colonel Eric Axelbank

Commander, 37th Training Wing

Requests the pleasure of your company at the

Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA)

Assumption of Command


Colonel Marc F. Stratton

on Monday the twenty-fifth of July

two thousand eleven

at ten o'clock in the morning

IAAFA Training Center, Bldg 7356

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

R.S.V.P. by 06 July 2011POC:

210-671-4507/6783 (DSN 473)

Military: Duty Uniform

Civilian: Business Attire

Reception following ceremony

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Brendan Gaughan Visit to ST

Cheer for Brendan during the NASCAR Camping Truck Series race on 29 July 7:30 PM, (televised on Speed Channel) in Indianapolis, Indiana. His #62 truck will be sporting a camo paint job adorned with a CCT logo on the hood, AFSOC logo on the trunk and the Green Feet and Lightning Bolt logo on the rear bumper. He’s going with the special paint scheme to pay tribute to CCT/ST and his friend, MSgt Phil Freeman (who is retiring in August)… Phil will be his guest at the race. Brendan’s Dad, Michael Gaughan, is an honorary commander of the USAF Weapons School at Nellis and he owns the South Point Hotel & Casino.

Like his Dad, Brendan has been an avid supporter of the military and has even done tours downrange. He is particularly supportive of AFSOC and ST. In past years he has attached the CCT, AFSOC, ST, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation logos on his trunk lid in tribute to those organizations… and at no cost to the AF. He’s been such an avid supporter of CCT that he was nominated and confirmed as an Affiliate Life Member of the Combat Control Association.

You’ll often see him wearing his CCT ball cap around the track and in driver’s meetings, etc. He finished third in the race at Kentucky last week and is ranked #10 in the overall standings. He races this Saturday, July 16th at 8:00PM, in Iowa and again July 22nd at 8:00PM in Nashville… with his normal South Point paint scheme.

Both are televised on the Speed Channel.

Donnie Mirabile has passed

Donnie's service will be July 23rd, a week from this Saturday, 10am at Sacred Heart Church in Del Rio, TX. He will be buried later in Massachusetts. Thank you everyone for all your love.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Immediate Opening for qualified candidate

Location: Georgia, Fort Benning

Company: MacAulay-Brown, Inc.

Clearance: Secret

Provides support to AFSOC squadron JTAC programs by providing JTAC program management, and CAS/SUAS simulator operations to 17 ASOS. The contractor shall also support AFSOC squadrons’ training to include JTAC, JTAC-I, JTAC-SEE, duties on local and off station ranges. The employee shall provide supervision and other services necessary to perform JTAC/JTAC-I/JTAC-SEE control duties in accordance with pertinent SOCOM, Air Force, AFSOC, 720 STG, and squadron directives.

JTAC Program Management:
The contractor shall provide personnel that held or exceeded a JTAC instructor qualification as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2, AFSOC guidance, 720 STG guidance, and squadron guidance. 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. It is highly desired that the personnel have held a JTAC-SEE qualification. Personnel will conduct duties including (but not limited to) training folder management, objectivity evaluations, range scheduling, and provide JTAC instruction.

Jay Fisher
Director, SOF/CT
Ops & Log Div
MacAulay-Brown, Inc
(w) 850 651-2122 ext 205
(c) 850 502-7430

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jack Fanning Bike Ride

Dave Drake, Mike Paulson, myself and a few others are taking a ride to go visit/pick up Jack Fanning's spirits as we've done in the past w/ former unit member Chad Giesige.

Could you post something on the CCA site to let others know what we're doing? So others can join us for part or all of the ride? Of course, the most important section of the ride would be to have as many bikes as possible roll up to Jack's place just outside of Dallas, but the ride should be fun, hitting all of the good watering holes along the route there and back, so any portion of the ride that guys want to join us would be great.

The tentative schedule is:

Depart Pope 28 or 29 July, (depending on when CM and others can get out of work), towards Hurlburt on back roads, (not going to push that too hard...2 days ride). There we are going fishing w/ RB for a day after we get there. Hope to see you while there.

Leave Hurlburt towards San Antonio on or about Sunday, 31 July or Monday, 1 Aug. (Route will be 6hrs a day or so, hitting points of interest, thirst quenching and stopping early enough to cool off at motel pool each day of the trip).

We're going to San Antonio to visit injured/recovering unit member who is rehabbing there, "K-Bar", aka Gino Kahanauele before riding north to see Jack Fanning.
We plan on spending a day after arriving at each spot.

The route back will weave up to Tennessee and then back towards Pope...TBD, arriving Pope on/about 10 Aug.

Anyone interested in joining the ride, give me a call & we can advise where we are during the ride to link up.


Hop out.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Combat Control Association (CCA) Reunion Schedule

It’s time to make your reunion plans!

Join us at the CCA 2011 Reunion at the Ramada Inn Beach Plaza Resort in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 26-29 October 2011. Room reservations may be made by calling 800-874-8962. Please advise your guests to state their affiliation with the Combat Control Association (CCA) to receive credit toward our group rooms and negotiated rate.

Rates are as follows:
Beachfront $99.00
Poolside $96.00
Courtyard $92.00
Parking Lot $79.00

Reservations should be made by September 24, 2011. All reservations must be guaranteed either by the master account, cashier’s checks, money order or approved credit card. Personal checks will be accepted only for advance deposits received three (3) weeks prior to arrival, unless otherwise noted. Credit cards will be charged immediately. Individual reservations may be canceled without penalty up to seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival. Reservations canceled after that date will forfeit the first night’s room and tax deposit.

We are adding a military training event this year that includes a parachute jump into the inter-coastal waterway, followed by a Monster Mash type of event. All Special Tactics units are invited to participate.

Wednesday – 26 October 2011
Registration……………………1200 – 1800
Hospitality Suite……………….1600 – 2200

Thursday – 27 October 2011
CCT Briefs & Display…………. 0800-1000
Jump & Mash…………………...1000-1300
Registration……………………1000 – 1800
Barbeque……………………… 1300 - 1600
CCA Country Store…………....1600 – 2000
Hospitality Suite……………… 1700 – 2200

Friday – 28 October 2011
Golf Tournament………………0800 - Until
Registration……………………1200 – 2200
Hospitality Suite………………1200 – 2200
CCA Country Store……………1200 – 2000
Texas Hold ‘em Tournament….1700 – 2300

Saturday – 29 October 2011
Registration……………………0900 – 1200
CCT Memorial Service.………..1000 - 1100
CCA Business Meeting………...1300 -1430
Banquet Check-In Opens at…………...1700
Cocktail hour…..………..….….1730 - 1830
CCA Banquet…………………..1830 - 2100
Hospitality Suite…………...…. 1500 – 1730
Hospitality Suite and Country Store are both open after the Banquet…………2130 - 2300
Country Store………………….1200 – 1700

Sunday - 30 October 2011
Checkout (Ramada)…..………….........1100

Primary POC for Registration: Mike Ramos, 850-619-6861 or email
Other Contacts: Wayne Norrad, 850-884-4246/Cell: 850-603-0289,
Alternate: Tim Hoye, 850-884-6323/Cell: 850-240-1161,

Thursday, June 9, 2011


DONATE YOUR WAR TROPHIES, SAVE A BUCK by Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (CCT) Retired; President, Combat Control School Heritage Foundation

If you are a combat controller and participated in a major training exercise, combat
operation or humanitarian mission in the 1980 to 2000 time frame this message is for you.

The Combat Control School Association (CCSA - the military side) and CCS Heritage Foundation (CCSHF - the civilian side) at Pope Army Airfield, NC needs your assistance in filling historical gaps at the Alcide S. “Bull” Benini Heritage Center and Museum (BHC).

As you know, the BHC is dedicated to displaying artifacts and photographs of Combat Controllers in action. This task includes Training, Combat and Humanitarian operations around the world. To complete our task, we need your assistance in the collection of mission-oriented equipment, uniforms and photographs. Take a peek at the New Combat Control School on opening day. to get an idea of what we are talking about.

The BHC seeks your assistance in filling gaps in our historical displays. Our early history, through the Vietnam era is well documented; although we can always use supplemental items and photographs. In addition, the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) is well represented with artifacts and photos returned by many of those Combat Controllers who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. But we have a great shortfall in the period between 1980 and 2000.

I have researched the 1980-2000 combat operations and have determined they are more than I have space to list in this article. So, if you participated in a major training exercise, combat operation or humanitarian mission in the 1980 to 2000 time frame this message is aimed at you.

· Send your old uniforms, hats, caps, patches, team equipment, field gear, radio gear and other items that you may have forgotten to turn-in when you cleared the team for the last time. Serialized items are accepted with without attribution and listed on the incoming inventory as found on base.

1. Collect the items you are donating.
2. Make an inventory sheet, listing each item.
3. Indicate your estimated value.
4. If the item has a story, tell it; at very least tie it to a date, location and operation.
5. At the bottom of the inventory sheet, include a note: “I understand that the property listed on this inventory sheet is donated to the Combat Control School and will become the permanent property of the U.S. Air Force.” Then sign it. Be sure to include your return address.
6. The CCSHF is a North Carolina registered charitable organization IAW IRS Tax Code 501 (c) 3 and will (when requested) issue a Tax Exempt Statement for Federal Income Tax purposes. Your priced inventory sheet will be attachment to the statement.
7. Mail your donation to: CCSHF, 302 Stacy Weaver Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28311-0814. Allow 45 days for return receipt of a requested Tax Exemption Statement.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

JTAC Job Opportunity

KeyBridge Technologies, Inc., EOE, a fast growing hi-tech firm is currently seeking Joint Fires Observer Course Instructors for our Fort Sill, OK location.

Duties include:

Provide effective instruction to meet objectives of the POI; evaluate students on JTAC and JFO tactics, techniques, and procedures; serve as primary instructor and SME for observed fire procedures; monitor and operate CFFT simulator; develop or review course material and maintain up-to-date instruction techniques, provide and coordinate inputs to revise POI and TTP; instruct Resident and MTT courses. Candidate must be 1) JTAC certified or 2) Army MOS 13F or Naval Surface Fire Support certified. Army Basic Instructor Course (or equivalent) preferred. At least three (3) years of experience after 2001 in the aforementioned qualifications and joint forces experience is required. Excellent leadership and communication skills are a must. Some OCONUS travel will be required. Secret Security Clearance and background check also required. Please submit resume and salary requirements to:

For questions of more information, please contact Rick DeMars, Project Lead (940) 632-8568

Members of the 123rd Special Tactics Run for SOWF

Twelve members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron will run in Kentucky’s, Bourbon Chase, 200 mile relay on October 7th and 8th 2011. The Teams goal is to raise $10,400 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). The race is a unique, overnight relay adventure in which the Team will cover 200 miles of scenic byways along the famous Kentucky bourbon Trail. Starting near Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, and wrapping up with a festive finish in downtown Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World. The Team of 12 consists of Air Forces Special Operations Combat Controllers and Pararescuemen. Each member of the Team will run three legs over distances varying from 3-8 miles. Everyone on the Team has directly felt the pain and loss of fellow Special Operations Operators and this is our way to give back to the families!

Please help support and go to our FirstGiving fundraiser page located at: <> < > > .



Tom D. DeSchane, CMSgt


PROFILE: SSgt Jacob Poulliot Combat Controller

Jacob Poulliot grew up near San Antonio as part of an Air Force family. He went to Lackland Air Force Base regularly and watched combat controllers in training. When Jacob saw them, he was intrigued and thought that might be the right job for him. Before he went to Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Jacob began researching and training for a combat control career.
“Knowing that I was going into the combat control career field, I wanted to be in the best shape I could ever be in. I talked to people who knew how to exercise, and who knew how to stay in shape. I also talked to some guys who are actually in the career field, and they helped me out.”

Monday, June 6, 2011

CCA Vice President Nomination Committee

The CCA Vice President position will be vacated by CMSgt Tim Hoye during October 2011 and an election will be conducted at the next General Business Meeting, 29 October 2011, to fill the position for the one year remaining on the current three year term. I have appointed Rick Crutchfield as the nominating committee POC. Any CCA member in good standing is authorized to nominate a qualified concurring individual to fill the vacant position. It is recommended that a nominee be an active duty individual to maintain a conduit to the active duty force. Nominations should be submitted to or Rick at (850) 396 6057.

Wayne Norrad
CCA President

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5th Annual SOWF NW Loop

It's that time again and it looks like this is going to be the best Loop yet! We are changing our route this year to experiance more of the great northwest by heading down the Oregon Coast.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Danny Sanchez article

Nice piece done in El Paso for Danny Sanchez by his Mom


Another article about lost Controllers:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Don’t forget your Memorial Push Ups

Maj Woodworth and SMSgt Knuth invite you to join the Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS) as we conduct our memorial push ups tomorrow 27 May 2011 at 0645L. This set of Memorial Push Ups will be in remembrance of 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.

With the anniversary of these warriors passing coming on Sunday (30 May 11) STTS will be conducting its official formation on Friday so as to have maximum participation, feel free to conduct your personal set of memorial push ups on Sunday as well.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Former CCT Killed in Car Accident

Sean Hopkins, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries he suffered in the crash.

According to a Tuesday news release from the Colorado State Patrol, Hopkins was traveling westbound down CR 43 in a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer when he drove off the left side of the roadway and down an embankment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chief Tim Hoye Retirement Ride

You're Invited to attend a "working man's" lunch to kick an OLD man out of the Air Force after 30 years of active service?

Pull out your motorcycle, dust off your old car, or find a ride with someone who has one and come on down to Helen Back Bar and Grill, Navarre, FL. The ride/convoy departs the 720 STG parking lot at 1030L and the luncheon starts at 1100L, Friday, 6 May 2011.

The Chief is "buying" the first "10" TOP LINE LARGE PIZZAS! You buy anything else you want.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Combat Control Association Directory Updates

For the following CCA Members:

Please provide current mailing address, phone number, email, spouse name, etc. so we can update the CCA Directory. Please include Ron Childress in your response . He's the directory guru these days.

Matthew Allen
Tony Baldwin
Bruce Barry (Congrats on retirement)
Bryan Cannady
Spencer Cocanour (Congrats on 21 STS/CC)
Justin Conelli
Chris Crutchfield
Jason Daniels
Wayne Dalton
Wendy Argel-Allison
Jack/Melynn Fanning
Marshall Farris
Mike Fazio
Mike Flatten
Brendan Gaughan (Great Mini reunion at South Point-Thank your Dad)
Sean Gleffe
Don Hood
Scott Innis
Jerry Kung
Neil Landsberg
Mike Longoria
Ed Loughran
Chris Lugo
Adam Malson
Andrew Martin
Mike Martin
Shaun Meadows (How's the new house coming along?)
Jake Miller
Steve Moss
Brett Nelson
Bob Neumann
Glenn Palmer
Dave Pearson
Bob Rankin
Jay Regan
Dan Schilling
Mark Smith
Dean Thompson
Billy White

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

“Alamo Gathering II”

The Alamo Chapter CCA has tentatively scheduled a

Mini-reunion for 17 to 20 May 2012

Program is now in the planning stages and information on Hotel accommodations and activities will be forthcoming.

POC: Alvin and Ursula Huddleston at 210-541-4725

Tim and Nancy Brown at 210-392-4070

Nashville Mini-Reunion Reservations Deadline Approaching

To all who plan to attend the Nashville mini reunion (12-15 May 2011). Request you book your room ASAP. Billie Slayton has reserved 20 rooms and is obligated to pay for 10. To date there are only 8 rooms reserved which leaves Billie obligated to pay for two. The deadline for the hotel to hold the rooms at the quoted price is 15 April although he thinks they might extend that for a few days. I talked to Billie today, 12 April, and he is working on arrangements for a Bar-B-Q for Saturday night so it seems as though that issue has been settled.

Their email address is Phone # is 615-277-8700. Mention CCA or Billie’s name when making reservations. Any problems ask for Donna.

Thanks, Tim McCann

Friday, April 8, 2011

CMSgt Tim Hoye Retirement Invite

CMSgt Timothy C. Hoye

AFSOC Combat Control Functional Manager

Requests the pleasure of your companyfor a dinner ceremony honoring his 30 years of active Air Force service

Thursday, the twelfth of May two thousand and eleven

1730 Social, 1830 Dinner

Soundside Club

Hurlburt Field, FL

Dinner (Buffet Style)

BBQ'd Chicken and Steak, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Jalapeno Poppers, Saladw/Ranch, Corn Bread w/Butter, Texas Toast, Apple Cobbler, Coffee and Tea.

There will be a cash bar as well.

Dinner Cost: $21.40 for club members, $23.40 for Non Members

Please notify the POC (Mrs Stephanie Hoye) if you plan on making a presentation

THANK YOU and Have a Wonderful Time!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


All Applicants Must Have Military Background

Spike TV and GRB Entertainment are looking for a few good Special Ops for its newest challenge series, “Most Lethal.” Hosted by former U.S. Navy Seal Richard “Mack” Machowicz, the new one-hour series will feature real-life warriors from the top tiers of special operation forces as they face-off in a grueling competition to determine who is the fiercest.

Applicants seeking to compete must no longer be on active duty and have served in SOF units such as Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Marine Force Recon, Air Force Combat Control Team or Pararescue Teams. Must also be physically fit and combat ready.

Must be available July & August 2011 for competition


Twelve elite combat operators will compete in an intense and demanding series of challenges based on real world training and missions. The challenges are being created by a handpicked team of operators and instructors, and they will take place at top line tactical training facilities throughout the country.

“It’s not enough for them to be fit, strong and great with weapons,” said GRB CEO Gary R. Benz. “We’re going to test every combat skill and tactical response in the book. Then, we’re going to throw away the book and find out what they learned on the battlefield.”

Among the areas being evaluated are: decision-making, accuracy, tactical response, rope work, breaching, reconnaissance, close combat, force escalation, heavy weapons, endurance, threat assessment, speed, resourcefulness and much more. The successful operator will earn a hundred thousand dollar prize and a donation in their name to the Fallen Heroes Fund.

Former U.S. Navy Seal Harry Humphries has joined the ‘Most Lethal’ production team as senior military advisor. In addition to his experience within the military, and as an instructor – Harry served as the Military Advisor to films such as “Black Hawk Down”, “Transformers 1, 2 & 3”, “The Kingdom” and “The Rock”.


Email your military resume and a recent photo to and if you have any questions please contact us at 818-728-4131.

*Please do not reference any classified operations or units

Monday, April 4, 2011

Message from Col (Ret) Sherman

ST Warriors,

It’s been my honor and privilege to serve alongside you for the last 24+ years. I continue to be in awe of your accomplishments in garrison and most importantly, on the battlefield. A special thanks to all who contributed to the undeserved but most appreciated engraved Glock pistol and shadow box and to Lt Col Pat Barnett and Capt Gabe Brown for making that happen.

As I leave the AF, I look forward to not having staff and paperwork but will absolutely miss working with some of the finest Americans and human beings on the planet. Words cannot express my admiration/appreciation for all you do. If there’s anything I can do for you as a retired guy, don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your service.

Good luck and Godspeed.

SN out.

Chief Tim Hoye Retirement Luncheon

You're Invited to attend a "working man's" lunch to kick an OLD man out of the Air Force after 30 years of active service?

Pull out your motorcycle, dust off your old car, or find a ride with someone who has one and come on down to Helen Back Bar and Grill, Navarre, FL. The ride/convoy departs the 720 STG parking lot at 1030L and the luncheon starts at 1100L, Friday, 6 May 2011.

The Chief is "buying" the first "10" TOP LINE LARGE PIZZAS! You buy anything else you want.

R.s.v.p. by 04 May 2011

POC: Tim Hoye


Military: UOD

Civilian: Casual

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Captain Bruce Barry Retirement Ceremony

The Chief of Staff, Special Operations Command Europe, Colonel Leonard C. Smales, requests the pleasure of your company at a Retirement Ceremony in honor of Captain Bruce D. Barry on Thursday, the seventh of April at 1500 hours at The Patch Barracks, Community Center Stuttgart, Germany.