Monday, August 27, 2012

James J. Stanford has passed

Just got word from Wayne Norrad that Jim Stanford  passed away. More info to follow.


J. C. Bradshaw passed away

J. C. Bradshaw passed away at 4 AM this morning, August 26th, 2012.

 Roger Klair sends

Friday, August 24, 2012

Identity Operations Manager

Blackbird Technologies, Inc. is currently seeking individuals to serve at CONUS and OCONUS locations as Identity Operations Managers in support of a customer program.
Positions are currently available in the following areas:
• Miami, FL

Duties while deployed:
• Serve as the SME on all SSE matters for tactical and operational commanders and other organizations and agencies
• SME responsibilities include operational employment and maintenance of all SSE and biometric/forensics devices
• Assist with development, management, and planning for employment of traditional and asymmetrical SSE capabilities and supporting programs, software, TTPs, and tools
• Produce pre and post mission SSE analysis, intelligence summaries, white papers, after action reviews, operations orders, fragmentary orders, concept of operations and other products to support SSE plans and operations
• Utilize available intelligence assets and products, including those provided by interagency partners to support SSE plans and operations
• Conduct feasibility assessments and develop courses of action to support SSE requirements, plans and operations
• Template enemy Tactics, Techniques and Procedures that directly or indirectly impact SEE operations
• Accompany military units on tactical operations to support sensitive site exploitation missions
• Present written products and briefings to executive-level audiences
• Develop and present plans of instruction (POI) and other training materials as required
• Regularly work extended hours, seven days a week, while at deployed locations

Required Skills/Education:   
• US Citizenship
• Top Secret Security clearance with SCI eligibility
• 10+ years experience conducting and or supporting SOF operations and or intelligence missions and activities
• Recent operational forensic collection experience including cell phone and computer data extraction
• Recent operational experience with latent print collection, iris scanning, and facial recognition
• Recent experience in counter-IED analysis and targeting support
• Excellent operations and or intelligence planning background
• Experience with Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) and intelligence preparation of the battlefield
• Experience or aptitude to learn technical information collection equipment
• Familiarity with web-based applications, Microsoft Office, Falcon View, Google Earth, C2PC, M3, TIGER, Arc View, Analyst notebook, Live wire, Streets and Trips, and Map Point
• Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Must work well both individually and in a team environment and be able to travel independently and operate for extended periods without direct supervision
• Be physically fit and able to operate in austere environments while wearing body armor and carrying additional equipment
• Must receive satisfactory initial employee appraisal for continued employment

Location:   CONUS and OCONUS Location   
Clearance Required:     TOP SECRET with SCI ELIGIBILITY   
Citizenship Required:   US Citizen
Number of Positions:    2   

Ron Mann
813 777 0164

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

24 SOW Loss


Late last night we lost SrA Ty Barnes, 22 STS CCT, in a motorcycle accident in the Seattle area. 

Maj Dave Gray and the team at the 22 STS have made official AF NOK notification to his mother who lives in the local area.   

Please extend the Barnes family and the men and women of the 22 STS every courtesy and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they work through this difficult time.

We will let you know as soon as we know the plans for the memorial and burial.

Inform your units as you deem appropriate.

v/r RA

Colonel USAF
Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing

Friday, August 10, 2012

Standard radio transmission language in combat operations

I'm a Ph.D. research computer scientist consulting for a small Washington D.C. company who builds military radio simulators. We want to incorporate speech recognition and transcription into our line of radio sims, and specifically want to incorporate the usual "nine-line" phraseology used by forward air controllers and close air support personnel into a customized language model.

To do this, we need 2 things:
1. A knowledgeable and experienced consultant who can guide us and give us the details about the phraseology involved, and/or 2. Recordings of tens of thousands of sample radio transmissions, transcribed or not, of typical phraseology used in this domain.
If you know of anyone who can help us achieve our objective here, I would appreciate your thoughts.
Thanks in advance,
--Bob Wesson

Let’s Have a Reunion

I'd like to propose a reunion in Angeles from 1-10 Feb 2013. 

I'll get Mort in Angeles for that time along with other local CCT guys Doc Jones, and Mike Williams.  This reunion shouldn't be limited to CCT guys, but anyone we worked with us from our SF comrades to the aircrews and the support folks.  Please pass this initial notice on to folks on your mailing lists so we can get it to anyone that might like to join us.

Margarita Station will set up a 15% discount on food & beverages for all attendees.  Additionally I'll host a pool BBQ's during the time frame.

Additionally, I can get hotel discounts at a variety of hotels. 

For other events, I can also set up

*     one or more golfing days for those that are interested.
*     a base tour so you can see what has changed at Clark
*     A group bar hop one evening
*     Mongolian BBQ

I have 4-5 guest rooms available.  One will be reserved for Mort and the other 3 will go on a fist requested basis.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Job description

Former SF soldier, Mike Townsend, who works for Centra Technology is looking for some former 18E, CCT, 304 types for a 5 year contract.  Anyone interested please email Mike Townsend at:

5 Yrs SOF experience, TS-SCI

Telecommunications Technical Support:
The Contractor shall provide telecommunications support in the development, integration, fielding and training of emergent telecommunications technologies for SOF at home station and abroad. The Contractor shall support the interoperability, compatibility and integration ECM and SOF radio systems. The Contractor shall maintain currency on current and future telecommunication solutions and related telecommunications technologies and shall advise the Government of key technologies, threats and technology proposals.

Telecommunications Analysis:
The Contractor shall provide expert telecommunications support in the development, integration and fielding of emergent telecommunications technologies for SOF at home station and abroad.
The Contractor shall support the interoperability, compatibility and integration ECM and SOF radio systems. The Contractor shall maintain currency on current and future telecommunication solutions and related telecommunications technologies. The Contractor shall provide assessment of telecommunication/ECM approaches, interoperability/compatibility, effectiveness and propose solutions as needed.

The contract personnel shall perform primarily at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Other duty locations may include, but are not limited to, Tampa, Florida; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Washington, D.C. Normal duty hours are Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630 hrs. All Federal holidays are observed. Should operational needs arise, there shall be the requirement for periodic work on Holidays and/or weekends.

SSgt Andy Harvell Memorial Push Ups

Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell was a Combat Controller assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, NC. Sergeant Harvell was born in Long Beach, California, on 26 September 1984; he was 26 years old. Sergeant Harvell attended Millikan High School in Long Beach. After graduating from high school in June 2002, Sergeant Harvell enlisted in the Air Force and arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in November 2002. Upon graduation from Basic Military Training, he immediately entered the Combat Control training pipeline. Over the next 24 months, Sergeant Harvell completed numerous Air Force and joint service training schools such as Army Airborne School, Air Force Survival School, Air Force Air Traffic Control School and Air Force Combat Control School. He was then assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron where he completed the Special Forces Combat Dive Course, Special Forces Military Freefall School and all upgrade requirements for combat-mission-ready status as a Combat Controller. In January 2006, Sergeant Harvell was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, where he completed four combat deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, as well as numerous joint exercises and training events.

While at Pope, Sergeant Harvell successfully assessed for the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and was assigned to the unit in May of 2009. He was on his second deployment with the squadron in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Harvell‘s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation medal, the Join Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He was a stat-line jumpmaster.

On the night of 6 August 2011, Sergeant Harvell was part of an elite special operations team executing a helicopter assault into the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. While approaching the target, their CH-47 helicopter was shot down, killing everyone on board.

Andy perished as a warrior, taking the fight to our nation‘s enemies. He is survived by his wife, Krista, two sons Hunter and Ethan, father John Harvell, mother Jane Maher, brother Technical Sergeant Sean Harvell, and sister Anales Eder.