Thursday, April 25, 2013

SSgt Luke Van Dorston (CCA LM-968) Fundraiser

Come join us for Cinco de Mayo and raise awareness for brain cancer!
Live band, drink specials, good food and entertainment!

We will be hosting a fundraiser for Luke & Abby Van Dorston on May 4th from 3-8. It will held at Yesterday's Bar & Grill in Sanford, NC.  All of the proceeds will go towards the Van Dorston Combat Cancer Team Fund!

Please join us in a Dunking Party! We will be taking donations to dunk
anyone and everyone! We need support, so come on out and help promote an amazing cause!

Thank you
Dawn Coleman

Contact Dawn at email address below for Fundraising Donation info

This is the website that Dawn Coleman said people outside the area can find donation information for Luke Van Dorstan.

For those of you who do not know SSgt Luke Van Dorston is, he is a Combat Controller, currently stationed at the freefall school in Yuma AZ. A little over a year ago he had emergency brain surgery to remove a brain tumor. About 2 days after he was released from the hospital, his wife gave birth to his son Brooks. He is currently awaiting MEB.

I cannot speak proudly enough about this operator. This guy is the quiet professional example for all to follow. He was stationed with myself and TSgt Christopher Coleman on Red Team at 22 STS. He has been deployed to both theaters, and has taken it to the enemy in direct combat on multiple occasions. He has conducted Fast Rope operations in combat and is an all around solid operator. He was my go to guy when I was the Team Sgt. He never complained about any task, TDY, training evolution, or order that involved grave personnel risk. (Not meaning to embarrass you Luke)

This is a very worthwhile cause. At best, Luke will be medically retired as an E-5. Let's help out an operator that has made this world a better place.

80% will go to American Brain Tumor Association and 15% will go to a college fund for Luke's son Brooks.

Another fund raiser Big Run event is being scheduled in September. More info on that will flow at a later date.

IS sends

SMSgt Scott Innis
Combat Control School / Commandant

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mark Forester Foundation Support

Art Ybarra and Johnnie Yellock are also co-owners in the company so we have a majority CCT partnership.  Anyways we just purchased water bottles with our logo on them to sell and all the net profits will go to the Mark Forester Foundation.  I was wondering if you could put the word out to our brothers and post something letting them know.  We would appreciate it very much.

Thank you,

Bobby Bonello

they can buy them at

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mort Freedman Update

I just talked to Mort on the phone. :-)

It was a difficult conversation, but we did have some 2 way communication on simple questions.  I'm not really sure if he knew who he was talking to, but it was good to hear his voice with some correct answers .

He is having difficulty finding the words, but his voice sounded stronger than the last few weeks before the surgery.

Nita reports he is getting stronger every day and he is eating well. 
They are taking him outside on the veranda twice a day to enjoy the ocean breeze.

His upper body strength has returned and he is frequently trying to get out of the bed so he can try to walk.  That may come soon, but they do not feel he is ready for that yet.

Don Hammond and I are planning another trip to CDO to see Mort and to help Nita file the hospital bills to try and get some of those expenses back.  We will probably be there during the second week of June.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TSgt. Tino Fort to Retire

TSgt Tino Fort,
currently a CCS instructor will be retiring after 20 years service. His
retirement will be an informal one at Flight line Park, pavilion #3 on Pope AAF @ 1230 on 3 May 2013. (The park in front of the school house) He requested a BBQ, followed by his retirement.

SMSgt Scott Innis
Combat Control School / Commandant
DSN: 424-1394
Comm: 910-394-1394

Monday, April 15, 2013

MSgt (Ret.) KB Duncan Obituary

Kay Brill Duncan

September 18, 1935 April 12, 2013


Retired U.S. Air Force MSgt Combat Controller Kay Brill Duncan Sr., 77, passed away Friday, April 12 2013 at Tuomey Medical Center in Sumter after a courageous battle with several ailments.

Born September 18, 1935 in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of the late Wade Hampton Duncan and Tempie Lanier Duncan of Whiteville N.C. His family and friends lovingly knew him as K.B. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 34 years, Terasita Julie Ricafort Duncan. Surviving are two daughters, Ann Duncan Heredia (Greg) of Fairfield, CA. and Karen Duncan Page (Kelvin) of Sumter, SC; two sons Kay B Duncan Jr. (Julie) of Pelion, SC and Terry Hampton Duncan of Sumter, SC; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

K.B. served 27 years in the armed services. He served in the Army and the Army National Guard before he found his home in the Air Force. He toured in Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines as well as several other duty stations both abroad and in the US. He was one of the early members of the elite United States Air Force Combat Control Team where he formed a strong bond and brother hood with his fellow beloved Combat Controllers. He was a recipient of many decorations and medals that included the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, and the Bronze Star for acts of heroism. K.B. retired from the Air Force in 1979 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He went on to graduate from Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a degree in Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management. He retired a second time from US Airways after working in New York’s LaGuardia Airport, then Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and finally Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a ticket agent. After twice retiring, he and his wife, Julie, started their business in Myrtle Beach, The Ice Cream Machine, which gave them both great pleasure.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 one hour prior to the service from 1-2 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Crosswell Home for Children 11 Crosswell Dr. Sumter, SC 29040

You may sign the family’s guest book at

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Assault Zone Controller Position

Assault Zone Controllers
Team Burgos Group – Cannon AFB, NM
Both Part-Time and Full-Time opportunities are available.  Provide DZ/LZ control and RPA traffic services for Cannon AFB, NM.
Require: SECRET security clearance, proficiency in ATC/pilot phraseology, minimum 4 years’ experience as CCT or equivalent in performance of LZ/DZ duties according to AFI 13-217, completion of DoD or FAA ATC course, current Class II medical, working knowledge of special operations, excellent land navigation skills.
Preferred: ATC Tower certification, operational experience in a special operations unit.
Salary DOE.  EOE.

Stephen J. Hogan
Manager, AF Programs
Burgos Group
4700 Lincoln Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
o: (505) 342-6339
c: (505) 301-8065
f: (866) 394-2321 (toll free)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kay B. Duncan CCA LM-981 has passed away

Kay B Duncan passed away on 12 April 2013, service will be on Wednesday the 17th @ 2 PM we will start to receive guest @ 1PM at BULLOCK FUNERAL HOME 1190 Wilson Hall Rd Sumter, SC. 29150 (803)-469-3400 if you would like to say a few words or have something read out loud please contact BULLOCK FUNERAL HO

Terry Duncan

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Nashville Reunion Reminder

If you are planning to attend the Nashville reunion, the hotel will only hold rooms and price until 2 May 2013.  Contact the Magnuson hotel in Franklin, TN at <>  or phone 615-277-8700.  Mention CCA or Billie Slayton when making reservations; any problems ask for Misty.

Thanks for all your help,

Tim McCann

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Request from SMSgt Scott Innis

Chiefs, my nephew Kevin Innis Jr, is a varsity wrestler at BU. He wrestles in the heavy weight division. They have decided to shut down the wrestling program after next year. They will honor his and the other wrestlers scholarships to that point.

My nephew and his other team mates have started a petition to continue the program found at the link below or on the Face Book page "SAVE BU Wrestling"


SMSgt Scott Innis
Combat Control School / Commandant

Monday, April 8, 2013

Scott Sather Memorial Push-Ups

Maj. Eli Mitchell and the men and women of the Special Tactics Training Squadron lower the flag to half-staff and knock out their memorial push-ups for SSgt Scott Sather, CCT killed in action April 8, 2003 in Iraq. Sather was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Robert W. Miller has Passed CCA LM-987

Robert Wayne “Bob” Miller. Born Nov. 16, 1945, passed away March 31, 2013. Bob served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department. A remembrance will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Steel City Dogs, 1131 E. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004. Please RSVP to 719-924-2816. Bob touched so many lives and will be forever loved and missed.
Sean Miller
QA/QC Supervisor

Monday, April 1, 2013

CCT Reunion Vegas Style

The Las Vegas Combat Control Reunion takes place May 2nd to May 5th, 2013. South Point Hotel has graciously extended the cut off for the reduced hotel rate, until 04/13/2013. The code is COM0503. Please call (866) 791-7626 to reserve your room. If you plan on attending please make your reservations prior to that cutoff date. To register go to the website at

Mike Lamonica and Mark Nevatt are the latest signatories.

Also, we wish to thank the Combat Control Association, which has agreed to be one of our sponsor's this year. Please spread the word. See you there!!!