Thursday, May 30, 2013

CCA Donations


IAW our By-Laws: When notified of the passing of a Life Member, the association may fund a remembrance in honor of the deceased.  When requested by a surviving family member, a contribution to a charity of choice can be made in lieu of flowers. 

Your CCA has made donations as follows:

--Dimitrie Milinovich, Lost: 7 February 2013, LM-0616, Obit requests a donation to his CHURCH in California, the CCA is made a $100 donation

--K. B. Duncan, Lost: 12 April 2013, LM-0981, Obit requests donations to the Crosswell Home for Children, 11 Crosswell Dr., Sumter, SC 29040, the CCA made a $100 donation

--Neil C. Landsberg, Lost: 9 May 2013, LM-0952, Obit requests contributions to the or, the CCA made a $100 donation to the SOWF (

--Bob Miller, Lost: 31 March 2013, LM-0987, Obit lists no donation information, follow up, Rick Crutchfield and Charlie Tappero.

v/r MW

Memorial Push-Ups for our Brothers

LTC Mike Flatten AFSOC/CD and Maj Edmond Loughran Commander of the Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS) lead us out with our memorial push-ups for three of our Combat Control brothers on 28 May 2013. This set of Memorial Push Ups was be in remembrance of Capt. Derek M. Argel, 28, of Lompoc Calif. Capt. Jeremy J. Fresques 26, of Clarkdale Ariz.; and Staff Sgt. Casey J. Crate, 26, of Spanaway Wash. All were assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. These teammates were lost when their plane crashed May 30 2005 about 80 miles north east of Baghdad in the Diyala province.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Job Opening


The Contractor will provide dedicated assistance in the area of Signature Reduction Security Management.  The contractor will provide one fully qualified and Signature Reduction Specialist. 
Required Education:
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience:
6 to 13 years
Required Security Clearance:
Top Secret SCI

Position Description
Intelligence Operations / Signature Reduction 3 - (TS/SCI with CI Poly) -
Basic Qualifications: The Signature Reduction Specialist will possess a minimum of three years experience working as a Signature Reduction Technician within DOD and have completed both the basic and advanced Joint Operational Support Training Courses (JOSTC).PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
The preferred candidate will possess Special Operations Forces experience with two years direct experience employing SIGREDUX methodologies, or former SOF support staff (Intel) with two years direct experience supporting SIGREDUX plans, requirements, policy directives, supporting documents, instructions, etc.
Experience with Signature Reduction and surveillance reduction operations.
Experience conducting and/or supporting HUMINT or Counterintelligence similar operations.
Experience in Special Operations Forces, Intelligence, security and/or other specialized support Intelligence or Special Operations.

Oversee the team's intelligence products, including review of technical reports and other products developed by the team, prior to government review. Work on the assignment, prioritization, and review of identity exploitation under operations and conduct product and process review to ensure adherence to the SOP and applicable IS and USG regulations. Ensure assignments and requests for support are completed in a timely manner and reflect sound and accurate results, with proper classification. Participate in office and center priority meetings, prepare production briefings, and mentor junior contract staff on the creation of intelligence products, identify exploitation, and overall intelligence community issues. Provide feedback to the government, develop and maintain relationships with IC, LE, and biometrics community partners, and maintain awareness of IC, LE, and biometric efforts related to identity intelligence. Maintain a thorough understanding of all tools and systems being used for identity exploitation of biometric and non-biometric identity attributes and perform link analysis for identity attributes across NMEC holdings. Ensure the government lead is aware of exploitation findings, maintain awareness of DOMEX policies, including security classification guidelines, and display knowledge of current intelligence and biometrics databases.

·         Coordinate with supported DoD and non-DoD agencies to formulate and implement effective strategies and mechanisms to reduce the signature of compromise to sensitive research and operations.
• When required, use signature reduction mechanisms in support of ongoing operations.
• Research and identify appropriate government and commercial entities to support signature reduction strategies in support of research and operations efforts.
• Conduct signature assessments and work with a team to incorporate signature reduction strategy into research and operations project plans.
• Monitor emerging operational requirements and operational capabilities and develop signature reduction strategies that meet changing operational environments.
• Coordinate with operational research and systems analysts to assess the effectiveness of operational signature reduction measures/program.
• Must possess the ability to develop plans, execute, assess, adjust, evaluate, and report with little supervision.
• Possess solid understanding of the military decision making process, and strong ability to articulate and brief senior leaders.
• Must be able to communicate effectively with customers and clearly present technical approaches and findings;
• Able to write/prepare operational orders, plans, mission support requests, field reports, etc, to include signature reduction plans.
• Must be computer literate and able to use standard office applications.
• Perform travel within CONUS as directed.

The Senior Information Security Engineer/Analyst is responsible for
various day-to-day security tasks in addition to larger information
security projects as part of supporting information security needs.  Day-to-day tasks include cyber incident response, evaluation of requests for security changes, and automation of the monitoring of various security devices and audit logs. This also involves providing ongoing support and advice to IT staff and end users on a variety of security issues, and ensuring that security policy and procedures are adhered to.

Project work includes investigating, evaluating, and deploying security
solutions to meet Boston College's needs. The needs will be defined in
the context of an ongoing ISO 27002 security best practices
implementation. Project activities include attending meetings and
working with others to determine security requirements in order to
deploy appropriate solutions. This individual will be responsible for
developing and implementing new security policies and procedures, and
recommending strategies to prevent security breaches.  Additional
responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing business risks together
with the creation of security requirements and controls.  Will research,
analyze and utilize encryption, network security, forensic, GRC, and
other tools.  Will identify and use various techniques to protect Boston
College's data with guidance from the Director of Policy and Security.

*A BA or BS degree is required.
*At least 3 years of technical experience plus 3 to 5 years of
experience in Information Security is required.
*Strong technical knowledge in multiple domains of information security
including policy development, access control systems, telecommunications
network and Internet security, and legal and regulatory compliance.
*Strong project management and writing skills are also required.
*Knowledge of operating system security for servers and desktops, plus
network security and application security.
*Coding skills in C, Java, Python or PERL a plus.
*Must be able to work with and influence people at multiple levels
within a major university.
*Must be able to work independently and within a team oriented environment.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend and Memorial Push Ups

ST Comrades & Family Members,

In conversation with Col Armfield yesterday I mentioned how Memorial Push-Ups started, at least for me.  Col Armfield asked me to share this story with you.  

The date was July 22, 1991.  I received a call at home from our First Sgt.,SMSgt Tony Urenda, (1723 CCS) who informed me that the 123rd Combat Control Team (ANG) was here at Hurlburt/Eglin Range for parachute training jumps and they have not been able to locate one of their jumpers, TSgt David Atkinson. Dave was on the CCT at Hurlburt and had just left active duty to become a member of the Air National Guard CCT in Louisville, Kentucky.  I worked with Dave many times in the past when I was assigned to the special mission unit (Det. 1, MACOS, now 24 STS) at Pope AFB, NC.  In that timeframe Dave and many of the Hurlburt CCT were primary augmentees to our unit and Dave was one of the best in the business and a great person, too.  It was evening, about 8:30 PM when I left the house to meet up with Tony and few others at the squadron to drive out to the drop zone and search for Dave.  The 123rd jumpers were already conducting the search and we all joined in.  About 30 minutes later his body was found, he had been killed instantly upon impact. After Safety finished their on-sight investigation and pictures of the parachute equipment where taken, we put Dave in a body-bag, zipped it up and loaded him in the bed of our truck for transport to the mortuary.  We were all very distraught, we were lost for words, no one knew what to say or do at that point.  So I decided to "fall-in" the team members to do push-ups to honor our comrade, TSgt David A. Atkinson.  We finished the push-ups, we shared "man hugs" with each other and made the long quiet drive back to Hurlburt.  And that is how and why "Memorial Push-Ups" became a part of our DNA.  R.I.P. David.  

Since its Memorial Day Weekend I thought I'd share another story with you. This one is about TSgt John Chapman and his widow, Valerie.

The USAF STARS Parachute Team was asked to jump into the Coca Cola 600 Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day, May 26, 2002.  Mike West, who was a former teammate and friend of the Chapman's, called me (as the STARS Team Coordinator) to ask if it was possible to honor John Chapman and Jason Cunningham at the race.  Having worked with Jay Howard (Jay Howard Events) many times before I called Jay to ask the question... he was all about it. We invited Valerie, SSgt Gabe Brown and TSgt Keary Miller to have them honored in the pre-race ceremony.  The jump went well as did the recognition of our two fallen brothers and Val, Gabe and Keary.  At that time the Air Force helped sponsor the #21 car, owned by the Wood Brothers and driven by Eliot Sadler.  Mike West asked Sadler's publicist if he knew Mark Martin's publicist, which he did.  Mike asked if he could set it up for Valerie to meet Mark Martin after the driver introductions because Martin was John Chapman's favorite driver.  By the way, Valerie, daughters, Madison & Brianna, and John were to attend the race as Valerie bought tickets to the race to surprise John when he returned from deployment.  Valerie got to meet Mark Martin.  She gave him John's CCT coin and said "the CCT motto inscribed on the coin) is First There, good luck, win the race in honor of John."  If you check NASCAR history, Mark Martin won the race that Memorial Day, the first race he'd won in over two years.  Incidentally, it was also my birthday that day (May 26) and that first place finish by Mark Martin was my best present.  We all shed a tear.

I'll be on vacation (on a cruise) this Memorial Day weekend and not able to attend any of the local ceremonies or the festivities in Columbia, Missouri for the families of our fallen, hosted by Mike & Jill McReynolds.  But rest assured, I'll do my Memorial Push-Ups for all of our fallen teammates. Also, of particular note, we lost three brave men on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, Jeremy Fresques, Derek Argel and Casey Crate.   Let's honor them and all of our fallen teammates by knocking some out this Memorial Day.

The number of push-ups you do is up to you.  But, here are a few numbers you may consider (2-count or 4-count).   
22 - Total CCT/PJ/CRO/STO in the AF KIA since 9/11
18 - Total CCT KIA since 1953
17 - Special Tactics operators KIA since 9/11
11 - CCT/STOs KIA since 9/11
11 - PJs/CRO KIA since 9/11
10 - Standard number
Consider plus 1 for:  AF TACP KIA (non-SOF)

Enjoy your extended weekend and remember...


Wayne G. Norrad, CIV, DAF
24th Special Operations Wing
Public Relations & Program Analyst (XPA)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 CCT Master Sergeant Selects

Congratulations to our new CCT Master Sergeant selects.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Combat Controller inducted in Commando Hall of Honor

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- A former Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller and command chief was recognized for more than 45 years of service to the special operations community through induction into the Commando Hall of Honor May 15.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Norrad was inducted into the United States Special Operations Command Hall of Honor during the 2013 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference gala dinner in Tampa, Fla.

The Commando Hall of Honor recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have distinguished themselves through unique and prestigious contributions to the special operations community.

Norrad is credited as one of the developmental pioneers of combat control and pararescue, responsible for helping shape the joint special operations team into what it is today.

Link to article:

Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Neil Christopher Landsberg

“Some must be warriors, that others may live in peace. ”
                   Mercedes Lackey

When: Sunday June 2, 2013
11:00 -- 11:30  Welcome
11:30 -- 12:30  Service
12:30 --  3:00   Reception

Where: National Harbor
             Sunset Room

137 National Plaza, Suite 200
National Harbor, MD   20745
(Just  South of Washington DC)

There are several hotels within walking distance and ample parking.

Westin – National Harbor
Aloft Hotel – National Harbor
Hampton Inn – National Harbor

(Mention the Landsberg Memorial – a block of rooms may be reserved)

Please RSVP as soon as possible: (preferred)

301-663-1544 (home)

Friday, May 17, 2013

SMSgt (Ret.) Joe D. Willard has Passed Away

I regret to inform you of the untimely death of Joe Don Willard, SMSgt, USAF, Ret. on April 6, 2013 at the age of 82 as the result of a accidental fall.

Joe was born in Highpoint, NC to the late Charles E. and Ila Mae Jackson Willard. He was a retired Director of Quantico National Cemetery starting the upon its opening in 1983, veteran of the US Army and retired veteran of Combat Control, and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Willard Jr.; sister Dorthy Ray Hornady. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Willard; sons Joe D. Willard Jr., of McMinnville and Mitchell Vance (Lesa) Willard of Murfreesboro; daughters, Cindy M. (Leroy) Groves of Murfreesboro, Debbie Kay (Jack) Sinkey of Cabot, AR, Josie Willard of Murfreesboro and Jess Willard (Clayton) Grayum of Murfreesboro; nine grandchildren; six great Grandchildren.

Joe was one of the first few Combat Controllers to attain the rank of Senior Master Sergeant during the late 1960’s while he was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. His first Combat Control assignment was at Sewart AFB, TN sometime between 1957-1962.

Joe was one of the finest Combat Controller that I have ever had the privilege of serving with.

Rest in Peace,