Friday, April 25, 2014

27 SOW welcomes new Special Tactics Squadron

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The activation of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, formerly Detachment 1 of the 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla., was commemorated by a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 24.

As the first special tactics squadron to be affiliated with the base, no ordinary squadron activation ceremony would suffice. In true special tactics fashion, the arrival of the official party was preceded by members of the squadron parachuting from an MC-130J Commando II onto the base flightline. Spectators squinted and guarded their eyes from the sun to watch each member parachute to a safe landing.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Col Glenn Palmer Extortion Project

I am compiling pictures of Glenn over the course of his career, but I am lacking pictures that shows memorable events or embarrasses him.  If anyone out there has pictures, send me via email, snail mail, or if local I can pick them up.  I will return all originals to you.  Thank you and hope to see you there for this momentous occasion.


Friday, April 18, 2014

We lost Wayne Gardner last evening 17 Apr 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A single vehicle wreck on Ledges Drive claimed a man’s life Thursday night.
Huntsville Police say Wayne Carter Gardner, 66, was driving down Ledges Drive just before 8:30 p.m. and lost control of his vehicle.
Gardner was driving a black Audi, and it left the road on the right side and hit a gas lamp post.  Gardner was the only person in the vehicle and died on the scene.
Wayne Carter (Photo provided by T&W Operations)
Wayne Carter (Photo provided by T&W Operations)

Link to article:


I regret to inform you and offer further details concerning the untimely death of Wayne Carter Gardner, Major (Retired) who deceased on the evening of 04.17.14 as the result of an automobile accident at the age of 66. He resided in HuntsvilleAL .

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Lee Purcell Gardner; two sons: Jeffery & Christopher; two sisters: Glenda Monte & Brenda Quinn, and three grandchildren: Zoe Gardner, Cora Gardner and Elizabeth Gardner.

Visitation will be on April 21 from 1100 – 1300 at Berryhill Funeral Home: 2305 Memorial Parkway NWHuntsvilleAL. (256) 536-9197. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Maple HillCemetery. A military Honor Guard has been requested. Donations should be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

He graduated from CCS in Class 73-5. Some of his Combat Control assignments were at Hurlburt, Pope and Mc Chord; however he was stationed at many other locations as a non-CCTer.

He was Life Member 068 of the CCA. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Air Commando Association.

May he Rest in Peace,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Betty Lee Sigman (1922 - 2014) wife of LtCol (Ret.) Dick Sigman has passed.

Betty Lee Sigman passed away on April 7, 2014, at her residence at Wellington Place in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., at the age of 91 years. Betty was born on April 27, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert and Hazel (leslie) Hackman. She attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., and was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. While in college she met her husband, Richard Gordon Sigman, and they were married in 1947. Richard Sigman joined the military after college, and Betty traveled the world with her husband throughout his U. S. Air Force career of 30-plus years. They had three children, Douglas Sigman, John Sigman and Penny Sigman. Betty is survived by her sons, Douglas and John; and her grandsons, Eric, David, Lucas and Austin Sigman.
Betty had a very active social life as an Air Force officer's wife, and was active in Eglin Officer's Wives Club. Together they enjoyed memberships in Eglin Yacht Club and Fort Walton Yacht Club.
Betty had a passion for helping others and giving to the community, and spent many years in service to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and faithfully volunteered at Fort Walton Hospital for over 20 years. She also had a great love of music, and sang with groups such as Sweet Adelines, Sugar Beach Chorus and Noteabelles.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations in her memory to PAWS at 725 Lovejoy Rd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Betty will be interred with her husband Richard at Barancas National Cemetary in Pensacola.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Apr. 12, 2014


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SSgt. Scott Sather Memorial Push-Ups.

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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Combat Control School Heritage Foundation

The Combat Control School Heritage Foundation website is now up and running, and is about 85% complete. 

Remaining are some BOILER PLATE WORDS / PHOTOS.  Don't be confused by them, just accept them as reserved space for future expansion.

One recently completed feature was one most requested by Combat Controllers is PAYPAL.  You can now use that link to DONATE to BENINI HERITAGE CENTER PROJECTS. 

Our life blood is your donations.

Finally, I want to thank Barry Gayles for his the donation of his time, effort and resources in building and maintaining the new website. 


Please take a moment now, to browse the website at:CCSHF Website Link


Gene Adcock
1027  Isle of Palms Path
The Villages, Florida 32162
(352) 391-1269 Cell (352) 255-8156

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Palmer Retirement

WHO:  Colonel Glenn Palmer
WHAT:  Retirement from the Air Force after 37 years, 11 months, and 21 days honorable (mostly) service
WHEN:  Friday, 6 Jun 2014
WHERE:  Hurlburt Field, FL Special Tactics Training Squadron
WHY:  Because he is getting old

Coordinating Instructions:

Wed, 4 Jun:  Informal Gathering.  Place TBD Thurs, 5 Jun:  Golf AM at Hidden Creek; Retirement Roast 1700 hours Clemenzas Fri, 6 Jun:  Retirement 1500 hours, STTS; refreshments afterwards

Block of rooms reserved at Days Inn Navarre from 6/1/14 through 6/8/14.
Cost $83.26  Just give them your credit card and your actual dates.
Block of rooms reserved at Hampton Inn Navarre from 6/1/14 through 6/8/14.
Cost $125.  Just give them a call w/credit card and actual dates.

Both these blocks of rooms will expire early May.  Get them now!

Please call Elli at (703) 772-7305/ Glenn at (703) 772-7304 or email to with your RSVP per event.

Hope to see everyone there!

Elli Palmer