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