Monday, December 28, 2015

James “Tex” I. Elledge (MSgt,Ret) has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of James “Tex” I. Elledge (MSgt,Ret), age 81 of 220 Todd Cir; Warner Robins, GA who deceased on January 23, 2014 of unknown causes.


He was born on May 28, 1932 in Montague, TX to the parents William and Edna Elledge. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy after 35 years of marriage; Son: James I. Elledge, Jr; Sisters: Alice Moreland and Nancy Labowski.


Hi memory will forever be treasured by his loving children: Maragret C. Pickles (Robert) of Mansfield, TX and Donald G. Elledge (Jennie) of Riverview, FL; five great grandchildren; brothers, William P. Elledge, Jr of Breckenbridge,
TX and John H. Elledge of Odessa, TX, and several adoring nieces and nephews.


The funeral service took place at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins, GA on January 28, 2014 with interment at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery in Macon, GA..


Tex graduated from the Combat Control School in Class 65-4. His military assignments were: Warner Robins, Forbes, Viet Nam, Mildenhall and Warner Robins.


Rest in Peace,


Marshall “Olie” T. Oliphant, Jr. (TSgt/Ret) has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of Marshall “Olie” T. Oliphant, Jr. (TSgt/Ret) who deceased on November 29, 2015 at the age of 77 while living at 8500 W. Colter St. in Glendale, AZ


His funeral service was conducted on December 8th at Menke Funeral Home in Sun City, AZ with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with military honors.


He started his military service in the U.S. Army. His Air Force career began at Keesler with subsequent Combat Control assignments at Hurlburt, Viet Nam, Mc Chord, Viet Nam, Charleston teams. He retired while stationed at Luke during 1977 in a non-CCT assignment.


He took an active role in the Combat Control Association as LM- 649 and attended several CCA reunions.


Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TSgt (Ret.) John R. Jones has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of TSgt (Ret.) John R. Jones, age 86 of
Euless, TX who deceased on June 25, 2015 from complications of
Parkinson’s disease.
He is survived by his loving wife Nita, and devoted sons: Cole, Paul, Michael and Daniel Jones.
John had prior military service with the U.S. Army and served with distinguished service in Korea.
He started his Combat Control career during 1963 at Sewart with subsequent assignments to Ft Campbell, Dyess, Viet Nam, and back to Dyess where he culminated his outstanding military service.
He was buried with military honors at the Dallas-Ft Worth National Cemetery.
Rest in Peace Brother

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another CCT has Passed

It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform you that David A. Gfeller, age 71 died of cardiac arrest December 7, 2015.
David was a class 69-01 graduate of the Combat Control School, with military assignments at McGuire, Norton, Viet Nam and again at Norton where he was medically retired as a TSgt in 1977. David holds Life Member number 459 of the Combat Control Association.
 He will be buried with full military honors at the Riverside National Cemetery at Riverside, CA at a date and time to be determined.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rally Point Management Positions Available

Rally Point Management, LLC is looking for current or former Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Instructors interested in supporting the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). We have JTAC Program Manager (PM) openings at Special Tactics (ST) units (Hurlburt Field x 2, Pope Field, and Cannon AFB).

Contact for more details.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kenneth L. Voyles has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of Kenneth L. Voyles of Eagleville, TN who passed away on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the age of 91 as a result of ailments associated with aging.


He was born on March 15, 1924 in Hockerville, OK to the late William M and

Elizabeth Voyles. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Bessie L. Voyles; step father Elmer L. Whited, and Brother Floyd Junior Voyles.


Survivors include his five sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Cherlyn of Breman, GA; Harold and Shirley of Manchester, Kenneth Jr. and Teresa Voyles of Franklin, Garry and Debbie Voyles of Eagleville, David and Nyla Voyles of Sparta, TN. He had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


His funeral service was conducted at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel and subsequent burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Murfreesboro, TN on October 3rd with full military honors


He served our great nation in the military for a total of 21 years in WWII, Korea and Vietnam Wars. His Combat .Control assignments included several assignments at Sewart, TN with the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron starting in 1957, and a subsequent three year tour of duty in Germany. He retired from the Air Force during 1967.

May he Rest in Peace,


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Richard “Dick” N. Coyle has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of Richard “Dick” N. Coyle of 6501 Avondale Dr; Oklahoma City, OK 73116 who passed on 18 Oct 2015 at the age of 83 due to complications from cancer.

He was survived by his fiancée Teresa Evans; Sons: Price, Nolan, Sean and their extended families.

Dick served our great nation as a Combat Control Team officer at Sewart AFB, TN during 1956-1957.

He was active in church life as well as professional organizations. He was LM-687 of the Combat Control Association.

A Memorial Mass will be conducted at the Christ the King Catholic Church at 8005 Dorset Oklahoma City on Wednesday October 21 at 11a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations and the like etc., please do a random act of kindness for someone.

Rest in Peace,

Lew May has passed

It is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the death of Lewis “Lew” E. May, Sr. (MSgt/Ret) who deceased of heart failure at the age of 75 on October 18th at his home at 4271 Cove Rd; Jasper, GA 30143. He was born on December 30, 1939 to Lewis E. Mar Sr. and wife Vada Moore May.

He is survived by his loving wife Debra; dedicated sons, Lewis E. May, III of Denver, CO, Martin May of Hampton, VA; devoted Daughter Cynthia McClain of Virginia Beach, VA; Step-daughters: Amy Bishop of Jasper, Kelly Kirk of Jasper, GA, Amanda Johnson of AL, Kim Chambers of Jasper Brother: Charles “Chuck” May of Bloomington, IN; Grandson: Forrest Lern Kuler and eight awesome step-grandchildren

The funeral service will be held 3:00p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home located at: 206 Holly St – Jasper, GA 30143 (706) 253-7500. Interment will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Georgia National VA Cemetery in Canton, GA located at: 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr; Canton, GA. Visitation will be from 6:00p.m. until 9p.m.on Tuesday; 9a.m.until 9:00p.m., and on Wednesday from 9a.m. until the funeral hour on Thursday at the funeral home.

Lew began his Combat Control Team career at Sewart AFB, TN during 1963 followed by assignments to the teams at Wiesbaden, Viet Nam and Langley. He was a member of the USAFE Blue Master Parachute Team during 1966 while at Wiesbaden. Upon his military retirement he was employed by the FAA in Oklahoma City, OK.

Lew was one of the finest men that one will ever know, and may you Rest in Peace my friend,


Alexander “Alex or Mac” MacPherson has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of Alexander “Alex or Mac” MacPherson who deceased on July 29, 2015 at the age of 85 while living in Wake Forest, NC.. He is survived by his loving wife Shelia, and many family members.  

A Celebration of Life was conducted at St. John’s Episcopal Church on August 6th and internment followed this service. 

His Combat Control Team assignments were mainly at Hurlburt starting during 1963 as a MSgt. He was instrumental in the rescue attempts for his fellow Combat Controller who drowned in Panama during 1964. 

He joined the CIA after his military service in the U.S. Air Force, but came back for parachute training in both personnel and heavy equipment airdrop techniques at Hurlburt. Much has been written about his exploits around the world – some of which are factual. 

May he Rest in Peace.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Emmett (CMSgt. Ret) Heidemann wife Corrine has passed

Corrine Heidemann, wife of 59 years Emmett (CMSgt. Ret), deceased on October 9th after a long illness. She was always a strong supporter of Combat Control activities, and had a particular amusing wit about her. Funeral arrangements have yet to be published.
Rest in Peace,


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Special Tactics Solutions Job

Special Tactics Solutions Link


Job ID: 2015-765                                 
Location: Hurlburt Field, FL.   
# of Openings: 1
Category: USAF   
Date Posted: 10/07/2015


Overview: Special Tactics Solutions, Inc. is seeking a full time Assault Zone Survey Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Direct Support of HQ AFSOC A3V.
  • Web Application and Database Training
  • Technical Assistance & Support
  • Managing Assault Zone Survey Data Workflow
  • Validate Global Assault Zone Surveys
  • Perform Data Entry and Analysis of Assault Zone Surveys
Travel: This position requires limited travel/temporary duty (TDY) to various CONUS/OCONUS locations, and may include travel on military aircraft, ships, vehicles and commercial transportation.  Position may require duties to be performed under austere conditions during exercises.  Valid Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) operator’s license is required to drive military and civilian vehicles.  Contractor shall observe base access restrictions caused by inclement weather or security reasons.
Duty Location:   HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
Duty Hours: Normal duty hours shall be 0800-1630, Monday through Friday.  An eight-hour period of performance to support requirements may fall anywhere within a 24-hour daily period in unusual circumstances, to include weekends and holidays. The following federal holidays shall be observed.  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Friday, October 2, 2015

CCA 2015 Reunion Golf Tournament

When: October 16, 2015—0800 shotgun start

Where: Shalimar Pointe Golf Course @ 302 Country Club Rd, Shalimar

What’s Included: 18 Holes of Golf w/lunch to follow!

How Many: Field limited to first 120 registrants

Cost: $50 (18 holes, range balls, golf cart, 2 drinks while playing, and lunch)
Format: 4-person scramble. 

Put your own team together or sign up as a single and the Golf Director will put you on a team.
Mulligans and string available at sign–in! 

Prizes: High Team Finishers, Individual Performance (Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin)

Administrative Notice: The golf course requires notification of the number of players to assign order of play and meal preparation. Registration will close @1300 on 15 October 2015!!  

No refunds will be available after that time and no shows will forfeit their payments.

For more information or any questions contact the Golf Director: Rick Crutchfield at 850-396-6057 or

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CMSgt Joseph B. Stephanishen Retirement Ceremony Invitation

The Men and Women of the
Special Tactics Training Squadron
cordially invite you to the retirement ceremony of
CMSgt Joseph B. Stephanishen
Chief Enlisted Manager, Special Tactics Training Squadron
on the fifteenth of October, two thousand and fifteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
at the
Special Tactics Training Squadron
Hurlburt Field, FL
Presiding Official will be
Major Eli G. Mitchell
R.S.V.P. by 13 October 2015
POC: Mrs. Ki'ilani Young-Lyons
Military: Uniform of the Day
Civilian: Business Casual

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Keeping a Memory Alive

The daughter of Robert J. Watson CCS Class 67-8 would like to hear from anyone who knew her father to keep his memory alive at:

Thanks You,


Friday, September 25, 2015

SMSgt (Ret.) Steve Jones Obituary

It is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the unfortunate death of Steve “Bones” Daniel. Jones, (SMSgt, Ret) on Wednesday, 09.23.15 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola FL as the result of a motorcycle accident on September 16 at the age of 61.


He was born on June 7, 1954 to Vera F. Jones and James E. Jones in Washington, D.C.

As a child, his family moved many times as his father was career Air Force. He particularly enjoyed childhood memories of Panama, CZ. After graduating from high school in Salem, OR, he followed his father’s footsteps and joined the Air Force during 1974. He continued his education and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.


He graduated Combat Control School in Class 75-3 while he was stationed at Dyess with subsequent assignments to Howard AB, Panama Canal Zone, Pope and Hurlburt. Steve was a highly decorated Air Commando having served in Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf Was and in Mogadishu, Somalia. Steve was highly regarded by his CCT teammates and was often “hand-picked” by his leaders to do the most daring missions because they knew he wouldn’t fail. His last assignment was as the superintendent, 6tgh Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt where he was involved in the Foreign Internal Defense mission, teaching combat related skills to assist foreign aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration. He retired from active duty on Oct. 1, 1998, and later worked as an instructor at the Special Tactics Training Squadron, where he taught new Special Tactics CCT and Pararescuemen advanced combat readiness skills.


After his retirement, Steve was an active member of the Bikers Against Child Abuse, and obtained his Guardian Ad Litern certification. He enjoyed power paragliding along the Gulf Coast, camping and a good cigar. He was Life Member 128 of the Combat Control


Steve is survived by Terri his loving wife of 36 years, daughters Stephanie of Mary Esther and Rachel of Orlando who he was especially proud of his daughters for completing their education and wonderful young ladies they have grown to be. Additional survivors include mother Vera Jones of Salem; father James Jones and stepmother Venita Jones of Pace, FL; siblings Kenneth Jones of Salem, Russell Jones of Monterey, CA and Kathleen Gwillim of Shipman, IL


A Celebration of Life shall be conducted at the Soundside Club at Hurlburt Field on Saturday, 09.26.15 at 1400. He shall be buried at a later date at the Barrancas National Cemetery with family and close friends attending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve’s name to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box758517, Topeka, KS 66675; Bikers Against Child Abuse, P.O. Box 5159, Navarre, FL 32566 or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.


The family would also appreciate personal letters, or you may share memories, express condolences, and sign the online guestbook at with memories of Steve.



May he Rest in Peace,


Thursday, September 24, 2015

SMSgt. (Ret) Steve Jones has Passed

Steve "Bones" Jones passed away yesterday (23 Sep 15) around 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled at the Soundside Club at Hurlburt Field this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  You are all welcome to attend.  He will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., on Monday.  Family and invited close friends only.  R.I.P.


Job Opportunities in Saudi Arabia

We are looking for is someone who is very familiar with how all of the schooling for the PJs and Controllers is set up and ran or mainly a former instructor. We are looking to put in place a PJ training course for the Royal Saudi Air Force in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The course will be around 3-6 months after completion. The position will provide full living and transportation accommodations at no cost to the employee. We pay for all flights/visa etc. The contract will be awarded next month and should be up to five years long.  The max salary we are looking at is $115,000 per year.

Alec Zielke

Talent Operations Specialist

10431 Wateridge Circle-Suite 210 San Diego, CA. 92121

858-952-7541 (o) | 626.628.1833 (f) |

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CCT Job Opportunities with MMM

We are requesting resumes and will be conducting interviews for experienced (minimum 6 years) former Air Force special operations and tactics personnel.  We would like to hire as many disabled/medically-retired/wounded warriors as possible.
We need experienced personnel to provide guidance on safety, nutrition, physical fitness workout plans, mental dexterity, and use of proper exercise techniques to ensure candidates reach their full potential in preparation for their Course of Initial Entry (COIE) into Pararescue (PJ), Combat Control (CCT), Special Operations Weather (SOWT), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD), Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialists, and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) career fields. This support is required to provide expert physical and mental development and coaching, enabling the Air Force to effectively develop candidates to their fullest potential to meet increased SO/CS requirements.
Approximately 2,000 SO/CS candidates (550 PJ, 250 CCT, 275 TACP, 275 SERE, 500 EOD, and 70 SOWT) will enter the Air Force’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP) each year and require coaching, physical development, and SO/CS lifestyle preparation. For entry into these specialties, a minimum of two successful PAST are required: one prior to reserving a position for a candidate and a final PAST administered within 30-days prior to a candidate shipping to BMT. An initial PAST is required within 30 days of the applicant being identified by the recruiter as a candidate for an SO/CS specialty. If the initial PAST cannot be performed within 30 days, extensions will require AF SO/CS Program Manager approval. Due to PAST failures, multiple tests may be required resulting in approximately 12,000 tests per year. Contractor will provide at least one developer per field location to prepare candidates to meet the physical standards of the PAST and develop/coach SO/CS candidates (see paragraph 4.4). Approximately 2,000 SO/CS candidates will enter BMT each year. The BMT CDSS Developer may also administer PAST evaluations at BMT to recruits that were not previously identified for SO/CS specialties while in the DEP.
REQUIREMENTS:  General experience as a PJ, CCT, SOWT, EOD, SERE or TACP.   Candidate shall be a former PJ, CCT, SOWT, EOD, SERE or TACP who served in various operational positions and have a minimum of 6 years (post training) in their community while on active duty. Personnel shall have either retired or left their respective community in good standing with a minimum of an Honorable Discharge.
Other Requirements (training may be provided):
Leadership and Management experience in SO/CS career fields (CDSS Program Manager/Deputy Program Manager at JBSA-Lackland)
CPR Certification (all CDSS Developers).

Personal Trainer Certification (all CDSS Developers).

Lifeguard Certification (all CDSS Developers).

First Aid Certification (all CDSS Developers).

Education: High school graduate or equivalent (all contractor employees).
Maintain a degree of personal fitness. Contractor needs to lead by example in this area. Specifically the contractor must be able to maintain a level of physical fitness to demonstrate proper techniques and exercise tactics to all applicants/candidates.
Possess the ability to demonstrate and explain all points of performance for exercises included in the PAST.
Contractor personnel will be required to effectively communicate through pro-active coaching and leadership skills. This coaching and leadership of SO/CS candidates will be conducted in the highest ethical manner, to maintain the standards of the SO/CS communities.
5.10. Have a proficient understanding and working knowledge of computer e-mail, voice mail, and telephone texts to perform duties.
We’re looking for folks in the following locations:
JBSA-Lackland TX
311 RCS (Canonsburg PA)
317 RCS (Oxon Hill MD)
332 RCS (Nashville TN)
337 RCS (Shaw AFB SC)
341 RCS (San Antonio TX)

345 RCS (Scott AFB IL)

361 RCS (McChord AFB WA)
367 RCS (Colorado Springs CO)
313 RCS (North Syracuse

319 RCS (Hanscom AFB
336 RCS (Moody AFB GA)
339 RCS (Clinton Township MI)
333 RCS (Patrick AFB FL)

338 RCS (Wright-Patterson
343 RCS (Offutt AFB NE)
347 RCS (Milwaukee WI)
362 RCS (March ARB CA)
368 RCS (Hill AFB UT)
344 RCS (Arlington TX)
349 RCS (Tinker AFB OK)
364 RCS (Sacramento CA)
369 RCS (Encino CA)
314 RCS (Burlington NJ)
331 RCS (Gunter Annex)

Send resumes to: or thru our website at  Responses required NLT 15 Oct 15.