Friday, January 27, 2012

National Museum of the USAF Restoration: M151A1 CCT Jeep (Vietnam)

Dear USAF Combat Control Community

Greetings on behalf of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. We are nearing the end of our restoration and are about ready to paint and mark our M151A1 CCT Jeep with MRC-108 Radio. Before this artifact can be placed on exhibit to tell the story of AF CCTs in Vietnam we need to make sure that we have access to the best information to guarantee these markings will be correct representations of the vehicles in actual service.

If possible, would your membership please review their personal collections for imagery (B&W or color) of these vehicles in use in Southeast Asia. Reliable markings information is limited, and we need to confirm the markings for accuracy. We would very much appreciate any assistance you can provide. Your timely assistance is requested as we wish to get this vehicle in place and on exhibit for our continuing Southeast Asia War Commemoration.

We sincerely appreciate any assistance you can provide. If you have any questions or comments please contact me. Have a great day!
Brett Stolle, CA
Manuscript Curator
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Research Division/MUA
1100 Spaatz St.
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7102
Phone: (937) 255-5145 DSN 785-5145
Fax: (937) 255-9204 DSN 785-9204

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sather Memorial Rests at Lackland

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TX – A memorial honoring Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, a combat controller, was unveiled, Jan. 20, 2012, Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Sather was the U.S. Air Force's first combat casualty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New AFSOC Wing -- 24 SOW (From the Commander)

Air Commandos,

It is with great pleasure I announce AFSOC’s newest wing, the 24th Special Operations Wing to be stood up this summer at Hurlburt Field. Establishment of the 24 SOW allows a single commander to lead the recruiting, training and development of our ST warriors and ultimately provide combatant commanders with world-class Airmen to accomplish their mission. Encompassing all ST units (720 STG, 724 STG, STTS and 12 recruiting locations), the 24 SOW reflects the demand for their unique capability.

I am also pleased to announce the leadership team for the 24 SOW:

Col Robert Armfield - Commander

Col Eric Ray - Vice Commander

I’m certain their leadership will lay the foundation for success and an enduring legacy for the 24 SOW. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them every success.



23 STS Award Ceremony Invite

Short notice, but if you have time, 23 STS warriors are being honored by AFSOC/CC, at the Base theater 1400 today.(18 Jan 12)..receiving the below decorations...

1 Silver Star

1 Airman’s Medal

6 Bronze Stars with Valor

3 Purple Hearts

22 Air Force Combat Action Medals


SMSgt Dennis Knuth

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CCT Employment Opportunity

AirScan, Inc. is interested in hiring a former combat controller who has held a JTAC certification within the last 24 months. Must be willing to relocate to Titusville, Florida. Send resume' with cover letter to

Stan Braxton Memorial Service

We will be having the Memorial for Stan at Cumberland United Methodist Church, 2262 George Owen Road, Fayetteville NC 28306 on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:30pm. Feel free to ask questions, and pass the word, it is open to everyone.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First Annual SOWF South West Loop Ride

I’m taking part in the First Annual SOWF SW Loop Ride to raise money for SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION - please make a donation by visiting my 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!


Monday, January 2, 2012

John Preston Underwood has Passed

John Preston Underwood

JULY 4, 1932 - DECEMBER 30, 2011

BELTON, SC. - John Preston Underwood, 79, of Belton, went home to heaven on Friday, December 30, 2011 at his residence. Born in Greenup, Illinois, he was son of the late Walter E. and Cordelia Brandenburg Underwood. For over 33 years he was a most devoted husband to his wife, Frances Ellen Underwood, mother of his children.

John retired at the rank of Tech Sergeant after a distinguished 21 year career as a Missile Maintainer, Radio Repairman and Combat Controller in the United States Air Force. A Korean War veteran, he accomplished more than 200 jumps as a Master Paratrooper during his military career. He loved his country with a passion! In addition he worked for 15 years for the Michelin Corporation in Greenville. John dearly loved and supported his church, Big Creek Baptist Church of Williamston.

John's legacy is continued by sons Frederick E. Cooper of Hendersonville, N.C., and Chaplain, Lt. Col. Ron Underwood (Paulette) of Sumter; daughters Cathy F. Matheny (John) of Williamston, Jonnie Ellen Lagrifolle of Williamston, Kimberly Ruth Keepfer (Scott) of Williamston, Victoria Jane Hartley (Ray) of Myrtle Beach, and Carol Lyn Chandler of Anderson; nieces Jeannie Duke and Kaye Beatty, both of Greenville; and loving friend and companion Johnnie Bell of Williamston. John also is survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Walter Underwood, and a sister, Betty Merz.

The service celebrating the life of Mr. Underwood will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 3 PM at the Big Creek Baptist Church of Williamston, with the Rev. Mitch Gambrell officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at the church on Monday from 1 PM-2:30 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, 820 S. Hamilton Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, Anderson.