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.