Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mal Ringlieb has passed

I regret to inform you of the death of Malachie “Mal” J. Ringlieb who deceased at his home in Tennessee on April 14, 2015. The cause of his untimely death was cancer. He graduated Combat Control School in Class 81-4 while stationed at Rhein Main, GR with a subsequent assignment to Pope.during 1983.
May he Rest in Peace,


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MSgt (Ret) Tom Naragon has passed

I regret to inform you of the untimely death of Thomas H. Naragon, MSgt (Ret), of 6 Hope St; Lisbon Falls, ME who deceased on April 18, 2015 after a three  year battle of Pancreatic Cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife Ramona, Sons: Michael of  McKenney, VA, Matthew E. and his wife, Susan of Stafford, VA and Mark of Baldwinsville, NY;  Stepson Richard of Otisville, NY; three Grand-daughters: Jessica, Jennifer and Jasmyne, and Great-grandson George.

He was born in Zanesville, OH on February 6, 1947, the son of Ruth I. (Hiles) Naragon and Howard L. Naragon (deceased) of Roseville, OH. Tom graduated from Roseville High School, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on April 16, 1966, and retired  after serving 20 years with Combat Control Teams.

He graduated CCS in class 67-8 while stationed at Travis with subsequent military assignments at: Mildenhall, Pope, McGuire, Shaw, Ramstein and Norton.  He also retired from the Maine Turnpike Authority in highway maintenance department.

He was CCA Life Member 132. He was also a member of the Lisbon United Methodist Church, Ye Steivos, Slovak Catholic Association, Coombs-Mountfort American Legion Post 158, Lisbon Eagles Aerie 4131 and the Left Hand Club.

Burial will be at a local area VA Cemetery. A Memorial Service shall be conducted on May 19th with a local military honor guard present.

Rest in Peace my Friend,


Friday, April 17, 2015

Robert M. Taylor Jr. has passed

Robert M. Taylor Jr. deceased of pneumonia on January 28, 2015 at the age of 82 at the Liberty Lane Hospice at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.
He is survived by Sisters: Pattie Mitchell, Evelyn Eller; Brother: Alton Taylor; two nephews, two nieces; one great nephew and two great nieces.

A full military funeral service was conducted on February 1st with a U.S Air Force Honor Guard at the Whitley Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Debra Madden officiating. Entombment followed the service at the Carolina Memorial Park at Kannapolis, NC.

Robert served in the U.S. Army (Airborne) for three years, and retired from Combat Control after 20 years of outstanding service to our great nation. His military assignments were: Sidi Slaiame, Morocco; RAF Station in Wattisham, UK; Ton Son Nhut Air Base in Viet Nam; Udorn Air Base in Thailand;  1198th Operations and Evaluations at Norton AFB and Detachment 19, 1131 USAF S&S – Headquarters Command.

He fulfilled his service to others by being Life Member 244 of the CCA.  He was also a member of the following associations: Air Commando Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign War Association, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.

Rest In Peace,


CMSgt. (Ret) Bull Benini Obit

Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Alcide (Bull) Sylvio Benini, 93 years young, died April 16, 2015, under hospice care in the Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital.
A viewing and memorial will be held Sunday, April 19, at 430 pm, at the Amory Funeral Home in Yorktown. His final resting place will be Arlington Cemetery.  Alcide was born on October 15, 1921, in Cologna, Italy. With his mom Elvira (Zanoni), sister Ancilla, and brother Adriano, he boarded the Conte Grande ship and immigrated to the United States entering though Ellis Island in February 1930, to join his father Luigi Benini who was working in the coalmines of Pennsylvania.
Alcide joined the Army on May 6, 1940, arrived in the Philippines June 1940, and was captured April 7, 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March, Japanese Death Ships and the Japanese POW camps, serving three years and four months, until the end of World War II. He returned to the U.S. on October 15, 1945. After his release he served with the 82nd Airborne Division Pathfinder platoon. During his assignment to the Pathfinder Platoon, Benini was fully trained as a Master Parachutist. In January 1953 he left the Army and enlisted in the United States Air Force to establish the Air Force Pathfinders later renamed Combat Controllers. He achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) and was in the running for the first CMSgt of the Air Force.  Named in his honor is the Benini Heritage Center and Museum located at the Combat Control School at Pope Field, N.C.  He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Combat Control Association’s Hall of Fame in October 2013.
Alcide is survived by his sister Anna Thomas; brother Frank Benini; and his children, Michael and Christopher Benini, Jane Ables, Lisa and Lori Benini, grandchildren Brittany and Kaylee Ables, Daniel and Isabella Benini.
He was preceded in death by his father Luigi, mother Elvira, sister Ancilla and brother Adriano.
He was a true hero to both his nation and his family and will be truly missed.
Rather than flowers, donations may be made to the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation (CCSHF) or any veteran organization of your choice.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chief Bull Benini has Passed

Bull Benini passed this morning around 0900 in a nursing-home near Langley AFB, VA.  May he rest in peace. 

According to his daughter Jane, burial will be scheduled at Arlington sometime in the near future.

I will be coordinating with Jane to gather information to pass to the CCT Community as soon as it is available. 


Benini was the first Combat Controller and is the namesake of the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation Museum.




Please forward this information to your CCT brothers.




Gene Adcock

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Open Position!!!! Joint Fires Observer (JFO) Instructor

Location:  Fort Sill, OK

Start Date:  Immediate opening

Duties:  Instruct and evaluate students on Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and JFO tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).  Maintain Program of Instruction (POI) and lesson plans.  Operate the Call for Fire Trainer as part of the POI.   Some travel required.
Required Skills and Experience:
o US Citizen
o Secret clearance
o Certified as one of the following (documented proof required):
• Joint Terminal Attack Controller

• JTAC Certificate required

• Minimum 3 years JTAC Certification (AF Form 8, AF Form 3827, or Terminal Attack Control Evaluation forms required) • Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC[A]) • Successfully graduated from a FAC(A) course of instruction • Minimum 3 years FAC(A) experience (Official Flight Record, AF Form 8, or Service equivalent form required) • Three years active duty time performing JTAC/FAC(A) duties at an operational unit o Significant joint fires experience; excellent leadership and communication skills are a must.

Contact for more information.




Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gregory M. Arbogast Jr. has passed

GREGORY ARBOGAST JR. Gregory M. Arbogast Jr., 31, of Rio Rancho, N.M., known to the world as "Whiskey Greg", died in a tragic motorcycle accident Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Greg was born May 8, 1983, in Albuquerque, N.M. to his parents, Greg Arbogast Sr. and Nancy CdeBaca. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a Special Operations Combat Controller. During his military career, Greg volunteered for five separate deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, earning two Bronze Stars for heroism against the enemy. He married Alex Baskerville in 2008, and they had two children, Brody and Wyatt, during their marriage. After an honorable discharge from the military, Greg became a contractor for the Department of Defense. Greg was a loving father and a loyal friend. He had close family ties and was always the life of the party. He was also an avid motorcycle rider and mechanic, favoring Harley Davidsons to most other bikes, but he could rip it up on anything with two wheels. As a full-patch member of the Infidels Motorcycle Club, his motto was, "You don't party". Greg is survived by his mother, Nancy; father, Greg Sr., sisters, Brittney and Dani; brothers, Trevor and Sean; wife, Alex; daughter, Brody; son, Wyatt; grandmothers, Cecilia and Carolyn. Greg will be greatly missed by many numerous relatives, friends and all that knew and loved him. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at French-Rio Rancho, 1950 Pine Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144, (505) 338-2000, with a Rosary to follow. Mass will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, at the Church of the Incarnation, 2309 Monterrey Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Burial following at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at

Please visit our online guestbook for Greg


Service and Funeral Information (as passed from Rally Point):

Tuesday April 7, 2015

5:00-7:00 p.m. Viewing

7:00-8:00 p.m. Catholic Rosary (no obligation) French Funerals - 1950 Pine Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Wednesday April 8, 2015

9:00-10:00 a.m. Final Viewing

10:00 a.m. Services

Church of the Incarnation - 2309 Monterrey Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

After services we will follow Greg to Santa Fe National Cemetery for his last ride… And of course…one last party to celebrate his crazy beautiful life. Details to follow.


CMSgt Dennis Knuth

James J. Ebinger has passed

James was born on April 12, 1949 and passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
James was a resident of Lakewood, New Jersey at the time of his passing.
He is survived by his wife Linda.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial service on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88 Brick, NJ 08724.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in James' memory to the COPD.

Background: Ebinger graduated CCS in Class 69-3 while stationed at Pope.