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: www.vultusindesoculi@yahoo.com

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 www.daviswatkins.com 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) | www.SalientCRGT.com  


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: Pamela.wysong@triplemllc.com or thru our website at triplemllc.com.  Responses required NLT 15 Oct 15.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Steve (Bones) Jones injured in Motorcycle Wreck

Steve Jones was struck by a Fed Ex truck while riding his motorcycle on 16 Sep 15 in Ft Walton Beach, FL. He is reported to be at Scared Heart Hospital's ICU. Please keep our CCT Brother and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ron Childress

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Assault Zone Controllers, Cannon AFB, NM

Location: Cannon AFB Type: Full time Posted on 09/11/2015

Job opening ID
Roles and responsibilities
Job purpose
Burgos Group is seeking qualified and certified personnel necessary to ensure Special Operations Assault Zone (SOAZ) control; Landing Zone (LZ), Drop Zone (DZ), Helicopter Landing Zone and Forward Area Refueling Point Surveying; Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Ground Observation; Safety Observation and Opposing Forces (OPFOR) Augmentation are performed at Cannon AFB (CAFB), Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR), and other deployment locations. The team will be responsible for LZ and DZ setup and control, RPA ground observation, DZ circular error scoring, HLZ and FARP surveying and accident and/or incident reporting, as required.
Task Areas and responsibilities
• Landing Zone Controller (LZC) provides air traffic control (ATC) and meets responsibilities as required by AFI 13-217 and FAAH JO 7110.XX. Provides landing zone set up, control and safety monitoring support, which will be mission specific and can include, but not be limited to dirt LZs, military installations and commercial and/or municipal airports
• Drop Zone Controller (DZC) provides DZ control as required by AFI 13-217. Responsible for providing drop zone control and safety monitoring for all aircraft conducting airdrop training operations. Type of drops will include, but not be limited to, Heavy Equipment (HE), Container Delivery System (CDS), High Speed Container Delivery System (HSCDS) and MFF/Static Line Personnel. Must be fully knowledgeable of all markings, procedures and radio procedures as required by AFI 13-217. Provides circular error scoring for all airdrops and is familiar with DZ special procedures such as Ground Marked Release System (GMRS) and Verbally Initiated Release System (VIRS)
o Personnel must have a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in Air Force Specialty Code 1C2X1, P273X0, P272X0D or equivalent in the performance of LZ/DZ duties as outlined in AFI 13- 217, Chapters 2 and 3, and satisfactorily completed a Department of Defense, Department of Transportation ATC course or the USAF Combat Control Operator Course. A prior or current ATC Tower certification is highly desired.
o Contractor personnel must complete the approved AFSOC DZCO and LZSO training, complete all required local orientation and be certified.
• Surveyors provide DZ, LZ, Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) and Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) surveying in order to determine adequacy of DZ, LZ, HLZ, and FARP locations. Must be knowledgeable of the guidelines in AFI 13-217, AFI 11-235, any applicable Engineering Technical Letters (ETL), and Flight Crew Information Files (FCIFs)
o For surveys, assigned personnel must be a graduate of the Survey and Assault Zone Assessment (SAAZA) Course conducted by the Combat Control School.
• Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Ground Observer. Another duty is to perform flight following traffic advisories and provide asset protection to RPA aircraft while operating in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class “D” and Class “E” airspace and “Right- of- Way Rules as designated by the mission/training scenario.
o RPA ground observers must have completed sufficient training to communicate with aircraft pilots and provide any instructions necessary to maintain clear separation of aircraft subject to conflicting traffic. This training, at a minimum, will include knowledge of the rules and responsibilities described in 14 CFR 91.111, Operating Near Other Aircraft; 14 CFR 91.113, Right-of-Way Rules: Except Water Operations; and 14 CFR 91.155, Basic VFR Weather Minimums; knowledge of radio communications, including the use of approved ATC/pilot phraseology, FAA JO 7110.65, and knowledge of appropriate sections of the Aeronautical Information Manual.
• Safety Observer. The safety observer oversees visiting ground units conducting air land and airdrop operations. Primary duty locations are Melrose Air Force Range and Cannon AFB, NM. Other locations may vary dependent upon mission as specified by the government. Safety Observers ensure visiting military units conduct LZ and DZ operations safely and in accordance with local instructions.
o Safety Observer duties require Melrose Range certification as a Tactical Range Safety Officer (TRSO)/Range Lead (RL).
• OPFOR Augmentation. When scheduling permits, team may be required to augment OPFOR operations during 27 SOW training missions by role playing as opposing forces. Team will be trained in accordance with the OPFOR OI.
• Additional Duties. In addition to the above duties, various team members will be responsible for additional duties to include contract manager, assistant contract manager, lead surveyor, equipment custodian, environmental, safety and health coordinator, security manager and training coordinator.
• Must have and be able to maintain a SECRET level clearance
• Must possess and maintain a valid and current FAA Class II flight physical issued under 14 CFR 67 or equivalent medical standards and maintain this requirement while performing under this contract. All personnel must be medically qualified prior to assuming duties and be able to perform services on a daily basis.
• Must be willing to submit to drug testing as required by the government
• Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
• Must have a working knowledge of the organizational interface of military, federal, state, and local agencies as applicable to all operations under the contract and be familiar with military command and control structures.
• Must maintain the physical capabilities to perform the duties listed and be able to safely lift and carry at least fifty (50) pounds.
• Personnel are required to transport and use munitions and explosive devices such as smoke grenades, ground burst simulators, simulated ammunition, and other training pyrotechnics within the boundaries of Melrose Air Force Range. Personnel designated to handle munitions and explosive devices must have, or have the ability to, obtain and maintain a valid AF Form 483, Certificate o

Looking for 1 maybe 2 STS members who have separated recently. Those interested can go to www. Burgosgroup.com under careers to apply. If they have any questions they can call me at 509 531-1947.

Thanks for your assistance 


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Patriot Guard Escort for SSgt. Forrest Sibley

The family of SSgt Forrest B. Sibley has invited the Patriot Guard to stand in honor and escort him to Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida. The Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Race Track Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida is in charge of the arrangements. Services will be held at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, 131 Moffett Road, building #1982, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida at 1100 AM, Wednesday September 16th 2015. Final Honors for SSgt Sibley will be at 1400 Barrancas National Cemetery, Section A.
                CAUTION: The Naval Air Station requires that we wear long sleeve shirts, long trousers, long fingered gloves; leather footwear covering the ankles, appropriate eye wear and DOT approved helmets.  This attire is to be worn at all times while riding on the base.  Helmets are required at all times for all personnel while riding with the NWFLPGR.
                0830 – Staging begins at Hardees 805 N. Navy Blvd. (1 Blk N. of Hwy 98)
                0930 – Safety Briefing
                0945 – Kick Stands Up (KSU) for NAS
                1000 – Flag line at Naval Memorial Aviation Chapel, NAS
                1100 – Services Begin
                1330 – KSU for Barrancas
                1400 – Final Honors
                NOTE: For safety reasons, if you do not attend the safety briefing you will not be allowed to ride with the PGR Formation.
                If you have any questions, please contact the Ride Captain
                Ride Captain
                John Lowery