Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sad Day in CCT History

18 killed in crash of Air Force plane

28 February 1984

BORJA, Spain (UPI) - A U.S. Air Force transport plane on a training mission crashed into a snow swept mountain in Spain while attempting an emergency landing, killing all 17 Americans aboard and a Spanish officer, officials said Wednesday. The wreckage of the plane, a Hercules C-130 turbo-prop, was found by a search team about 12 hours after it crashed Tuesday evening about two miles northwest of the village of Borja, Air Force officials said. The plane was part of the 435th Tactical Airlift Wing based at Rhein Main Air Base near Frankfurt, West Germany, and was flying a parachute drop training mission. During the training maneuvers, the plane was based at the air base at Zaragoza in northeastern Spain. The cause of the crash has not been determined. The plane went down after the pilot issued a distress call and said he was attempting an emergency landing. Lt. Col. William Johnson, spokesman at the Air Force's European headquarters at Ramstein, West Germany, said rescue workers recovered all the bodies from the wreckage. The Americans were not identified pending notification of relatives. They included 10 Air Force officers, seven Combat Controllers and a Pararescuemen. The Spanish victim was identified as Capt. Francisco Guardiola Davo, 30.

On board the C-130 were seven Combat Controllers:

Capt. Roderick C. Gress,

TSgt Larry A. Rainey,

SSgt Victor A. Valley ,

SSgt Eddy D. Clark,

Sgt Emilio F. Martinez, Jr,

Sgt Jonathon Goerling, and

Sgt Steven M. Ray

One PJ:

SSgt Scott A. Anderson

Monday, February 20, 2012

SSgt Tim Davis Memorial Push Ups

Don’t forget your Memorial Push Ups for SSgt Tim Davis. Tim was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Killed in action at Oruzgan, Afghanistan, 20 Feb 09 of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Friday, February 17, 2012

SUAS & JTAC Program Management

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.

Ft. Benning, GA USA

A minimum of 2 years JTAC experience as defined in AFI 13-112 Volumes 1 and 2. A JTAC-I or JTAC-E qualification is highly desirable. Individuals preferably should come from either the TACP/CCT/ANGLICO/USMC/ARMY community, with the aforementioned qualifications. 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 Plan
Legal Resources Plan
Business Banking Membership
Communications Plan Paid
AND more….

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

”CCA Alamo Gathering II”

San Antonio, 16-20 May

It is now time to book your rooms for the CCA Alamo Mini Reunion in San Antonio Texas at the Crockett Hotel 16 thru 20 May 2012. We have secured a rate of $109, a night which also includes breakfast for two. To reserve your room call (800)292-1050 and ask for the room rate under “Alamo Gathering II.” We have put together a program that we think will provide you time to enjoy the Riverwalk of San Antonio along with some sites of Texas as well as reminisce with old teammates and friends.

Schedule of Events:

17 May
1000 Hrs. Golf Tournament at Local Course to be determined
1600-2000 Event registration at Crockett Hotel
1800-2400 Hospitality Room
18 May
0900 Attend BMT Graduation Ceremony at LAFB Parade Field as Guests of Col Glenn Palmer, Commanding.
1000 Tour Chapman Dorm Complex with MTI
1100 Briefing at CCT Training Facility, Medina Annex and visit to Sather Memorial Site followed by a HALO Demo Jump by CCT/PJ Instructors
1800-2400 Hospitality Room at Crockett Hotel
19 May
0900 Bus departs from Crockett Hotel to Fredericksburg TX
1030 Arrive Fredericksburg
1045 Visit the Museum of the War of the Pacific WWII
1300—1500 See the town of Fredericksburg.
1500 Bus departs for San Antonio
1630 Bus arrives back at Crockett Hotel
1800 Social Hour at Las Margarita’s Restaurant Market Square
1900 Dinner at Las Margarita’s Restaurant (Private Dining Room)

Event Registration Fee-----$25.00 per person
Dinner------------------------$35.00 per person
Bus to Fredericksburg----- Free (hosted locally)
Group Rate for Museum---$8.00 per person

Please indicate which events you will be attending with number of guests and remit your check or money order in the full amount to CCA-MINI (Huddleston). 12510 Green Darner. San Antonio, Texas 78253. Any questions please call Al Huddleston at (210)541-4725 or Tim Brown at (210)392-4070.

In addition we will have a representative and goodies from the CCA Country Store available in the Hotel Hospitality Room both nights, so bring plenty of money to spend on Hats , T-Shirts, Beer Mugs and Such.

Some of you Older guys out there may well remember then Sergeant Glenn Palmer of the Hurlburt, Pope and Germany Teams, well now it’s Col Glenn Palmer Commanding Basic Military Training Group here at Lackland AFB. We also have two other Combat Control Officers in Command positions as well. Col Marc Stratton, Commander, Inter American Air Forces Academy and Lt Col Jerry Kung, Commander, 342nd Training Squadron.

Here are some Webb sites for your use:


Wayne G. Norrad

A typical day at the Tan Son Nhut Airport in Saigon (1968)

I would appreciate it if you would put this link on the CCA Blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=103kHGjdy9w .


Gene Adcock (Ak)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nashville CCA Mini-Reunion – 17 thru 20 May 2012

Arrive Thursday 17 May 2012; hospitality room will open at approx. 1600 hrs.

Golf Friday a.m. est. first tee time @ 0900 hrs. 18 May 2012, informal gathering for evening meal and drinks.

Golf Saturday a.m. est. first tee time @ 0900 hrs, 19 May 2012. Catered Bar-B-Q in the hospitality room. Cocktail hour @ 1800 hrs, dinner to be served @ 1900 hours.

Sunday 20 May 2012, breakfast, goodbyes, depart for home.

We'll be staying at the Wingate hotel in Franklin, the same hotel as last year. E-mail address is www.wingatehotels.com or phone 615-277-8700. Mention CCA or Billie Slayton when making reservations; any problems ask for Donna.

The room cost is $89.00 for two queen or one king, plus tax.

Bill Covington is coordinating the golf play at the Nashboro village golf course.

As all of you know the Nashville mini reunion is extremely informal. There is plenty of time for shopping, hanging out or exploring the local area on your own. There is much to see, for example the home of President Andrew Jackson (The Hermitage), Stones River battlefield, site of a bloody Civil War (War Between the States) battle, or the Grand Ole Opry (GOO).

If interested in the GOO suggest you go on line for tickets and coupons for shows. Artists for the new GOO House are yet to be confirmed; however Larry Gatlin will be performing on 17 May at the Ryman Auditorium which is the original GOO House in downtown Nashville.

Hotel directions:

From North
I-65 South to Exit 69 Moore’s Lane/Galleria Boulevard. After exiting, stay under the sign that reads Galleria Boulevard *Mall Traffic*. At the third traffic light, turn left onto Baker's Bridge Avenue. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Carothers Parkway. The hotel will be on the right side.

From SouthI-65 North to exit 68 Cool Springs Boulevard East. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Carothers Parkway. The hotel will be approximately a half mile on the right side.

Contacts are Billie at billie_w@bellsouth.net, home phone 931-468-2836, cell 931-309-8245 or mccanntimothy@sbcglobal.net, home 618-624-0908, cell 618-791-2330. Please notify either one at the earliest if you plan to attend in order to give the caterer a headcount.

Tim McCann

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CCT Contingency Hire Opportunities at Cannon AFB, NM

CCT Contingency Hire Opportunities at Cannon AFB, NM in support of 27 Operations Support Squadron

Booz Allen Hamilton POCs:
Mr. Alex Findley, Findlay_alex@bah.com; (813) 281-4936 (Note: “_” between last & first name)

- Mr. Ron “Opie” Wiegand, Wiegand_ronald@bah.com (850) 496-5271 (Note: see above)

Level I Support
- Provide ground aggressors to Special Operations Forces (SOF) air and ground units.
- Provide armed, costumed, mobile and indigenous appearing role players during ISR and patterns-of-life training for airborne sensor-equipped aircraft. Assist SOF air and ground units in urban ISR training.
- Operate electronic and visual threat emitters and simulators.
- Provide role playing as: armed resistance units opposing U.S. and allied SOF ground units; foreign customs and/or military officials during aircrew training; and armed indigenous local threat during SERE-conducted Combat Survival Training.
- Provide maritime/boat operator support to: SERE-conducted water survival training; tilt/rotary wing aircraft during water operations training; and SOF ground forces during water/SCUBA operations including parachute recovery, infil/exfil missions, dive platform and other waterborne operations as required by the training scenario.
- Assist authorized Test squadrons/units in evaluating new equipment and procedures.
- Provide similar type OPFOR training support when required by the training scenario or as designated by local command.
- Use, operate and control simulated IEDs, blank ammunition, ground burst simulators and other training pyrotechnics as required. Maintain accountability IAW AF/A4LW AFKN CoP Munitions Accountability Procedures Guide and other local guidelines.
- Use, operate, control and maintain actual and simulated weapons to include U.S., NATO, foreign, simulated munitions (simunitions) and other training weapons.
- Develop, manage and maintain an OPFOR augmentee training and tracking program.

Level II Support
- As Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Ground Observers, provide flight following, traffic advisories as well as any required assistance or necessary asset protection to RPA aircraft while operating in FAA Class “D” and Class “E” airspace or as designated by the mission/training scenario.

Level III Support
- Provide JTAC-qualified contractor for target acquisition, Call-for-Fire (CFF) and Close Air Support (CAS) to assigned and authorized gunship/armament-equipped aircraft. Training support will include live and dry fire training.
- Provide ground parties for convoys, patterns-of-life and indigenous actions for aircraft and sensor training. Develop, manage and maintain an ISR augmentee training and tracking program.

Level IV Support
- Landing Zones (LZ). Type landing zones will be mission specific and can include, but are not limited to dirt LZs, military installations and commercial and/or municipal airports. Supported aircraft will include, but are not limited to Non-Standard Aviation (NSAv), MC/C-130, C-17 and CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
- Drop Zones (DZ). Support to all aircraft conducting airdrop training operations. Type drops will include, but are not limited to Heavy Equipment (HE), Container Delivery System (CDS), High Speed Low Level Aerial Delivery System (HSLLADS) and HALO/Static Line Personnel. Supported aircraft will include, but are not limited to Non-Standard Aviation (NSAv), MC/C-130 and C-17 aircraft.
- DZ, LZ, Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) and Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) surveying. Provide Administrative surveying of DZ, LZ, HLZ and FARP locations following the guidelines of AFI 13-217, AFI 11-235, any applicable Engineering Technical Letters (ETL) and Flight Crew Information Files (FCIFs).

Monday, February 6, 2012

Special tactics Airmen presented more than a dozen combat medals

Fourteen special tactics Airmen from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were presented two Purple Hearts and 15 Bronze Stars, five of which were with Valor.Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, hosted the ceremony, presenting the medals to 10 combat controllers and four tactical air control party members.

Link to article:

Help with Benini Hall

The Combat Control School is looking for local volunteers to assist with projects at the Benini Heritage Hall. For anyone who is interested, please contact SMSgt Charlie McHarney at email:charles.mcharney@us.af.mil


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Robert M. (Bob) Hill has passed

Robert M. Hill
1940 - 2012

CHICOPEE - Robert MacMillan Hill, 72, died suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at the Holyoke Medical Center. Born in Holyoke on Jan. 17, 1940, he was the son of the late G. Howard Hill and Corneil (MacMillan) Hill. Bob worked as a Computer Tech for IBM for 27 years until he retired in 1995. He was an Army veteran and served from 1959 - 1962. He then served in the Air Force from 1963 - 1967 as an Airman First Class during the Vietnam War. He was a Master Parachutist and HALO (High Altitude Low Openings) commando combat controller. Bob was also a member of the American Legion, Holyoke Post.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl A. (Bigelow) Hill, a son, Troy L. Hill of Longmeadow, a daughter, TaWonda L. Hill Patchkofsky of Springfield, three brothers, Frank Hill of Holyoke, Harry Hill of Ludlow and Jack Hill of Amherst, four grandchildren, Dante' Hill, DeVaughn Hill, Cassondra Hill Patchkofsky and Grason Patchkofsky, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held for Bob on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10:30am in the Evergreen Cemetery in South Hadley. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's memory may be made to assist veterans at The Warrior Foundation, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92101 or online at warriorfoundation.com. For online condolences and register, please visit ryderfuneralhome.com.
Ryder Funeral Home