Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bernard "BT" Santos has passed

CCA Member Bernard "BT" Santos (A-90047) died from an apparent heart attack on Dec 7, 2015.


Member Les Hall LM-743 passed on the following information:


I just learned that a guy who served in Combat Control in the '50's or early '60's has passed away.  Bernard (BT) Santos.  I believe he was also a pararescueman.  Some old timers may remember him.  Not sure if he was a member of the CCA.


I found out from a posting on a Facebook site for retired Los Angeles ARTC Center folks.  Santos was a computer tech or operator and also a lawyer for the FAA.  Here's the post.


Some of you old timers might remember a former ZLA employee for AF and a friend of mine for the last 40 years. Bernard "BT" Santos passed away of an apparent heart attack on December 7th 2015. He lived in Carson City NV. BT was retired AF Special Services and worked ZLA as a Computer Operator on the HOST floor. He went to law school, got a law degree and took a position in the Alaska Region as one of their Regional Counsel in ~1977. He retired about 20 years ago.

Employment Opportunities with DCAPS:

DCAPS Air Operations Specialist (1C2X1)
                Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, conducting detailed air/ground/maritime operations analysis, planning, coordinating, scheduling, and activity reporting for deployed/employed ST forces. Manage external taskings through STTAS, forecast and recommend missions, develop policies and procedures, maintain C2 communications, identify and mitigate risks, resolve potential critical mission problems, coordinate personnel/equipment to support mission or training, interpret HHQ policies and implement corresponding actions, coordinate/submit requests for JA/ATT support, and coordinate range, ARFF, and other support as directed.
                Cannon AFB, NM
                Includes but not limited to: Knowledge of analytical and evaluation techniques related to current ST operational planning, scheduling, and reporting. Knowledge of mission and scheduling terminology to coordinate with other operations activities is required. Knowledge of coordinating techniques to obtain information and coordinate mission requirements. Knowledge of ST peculiarities for operational scheduling. Knowledge of military organizational structures with specific knowledge of ST, to include command relationships. Possess computer skills to generate manage information and reporting. Possess skills in using specific scheduling systems such as STTAS and JA/ATT. Possess effective oral and written communication skills.
DCAPS Aircrew Flight Equipment Specialist (1P051)
                Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, performing fabrication work, training personnel on proper parachute packing procedures, performing preventative maintenance on equipment, as well as inspection, repair, packing, maintenance and documentation of parachute assemblies.
                Pope, NC
                Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
                Hurlburt AFB, FL
                Includes but not limited to: Knowledge of common, experimental, and newly developed fibers, blends, and fabrics; sequencing procedures for packing various parachute assemblies; hazardous and non-hazardous materials; standard shop mathematics; and knowledge of safely regulation and procedures. Skills in applying parachute packing and examination procedures. Ability to safely operate a variety of material handling equipment and operate testing devices.
DCAPS Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Specialist (2T350)
                Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, being the subject matter expert for motorized equipment and accessories, including maintenance, troubleshooting, inspecting, testing, and management of various motorized equipment. Provide inventory, equipment mishap, cost breakdown, and maintenance reports to the customer.
                Pope AAF, NC
                Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
                Hurlburt Field, FL
                Includes but not limited to: Ability to solve complex problems. Posses Knowledge of engine repairs and detailed operating characteristics, as well as safety regulations and procedures. Experience pertaining to Special Tactics motorized equipment. Work experience managing mechanical equipment used for Rigging Alternate Method Zodiac/Quad (RAM-Z/Q). Military or civilian small engine repair/vehicle maintenance background is highly desirable. Personnel shall receive additional specific small engine repair training and forklift driving certification at the expense of the unit.
DCAPS Search and Rescue Barn (1P071)
                Serve as the PR Equipment Manager. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, assisting with issuing, servicing, and maintaining all assigned PR programs and equipment, including equipment development and CONOPs to facilitate PR TTP evolution. Assist with maintaining unit PR simulator training program, unit and HHQ exercises, specialized training, periodic maintenance inspections, and RDT&E of PR equipment. Assist evaluating and inspecting students during training, administer written and performance evaluations, identify academic and performance deficiencies, and provide briefings and training on PR equipment unit personnel. Assist with procurement requirements and quality assurance.
                Hurlburt Field, FL
                Includes but not limited to: Comprehensive and extensive knowledge of PR special equipment. Knowledge of ST and SOF procedures, TTPs, and equipment. Knowledge of ST employment methods. Knowledge of the Program Objective Memoranda (POM) program. Knowledge of training aids and devices. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct training; as well as understand/maintain test equipment. Possess skills in using Microsoft Office and applicable ST information systems.
                Medical, dental,
                Four Weeks of Paid Time Off
                10 paid holidays
                401(k) Retirement Plan
                United Health Plan
                Business Banking Membership
                AND more….
                CONTACT: Email resume and salary requirements to . Please reference your name and this job title in the subject line. DCAPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

John L. Johnston has Passed 11/19/1938 - 05/16/2015

Born in rural Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, John was the fourth of Mozella and William Johnston’s five children. Living in rural communities demanded physical strength and a spiritual integrity that would serve him throughout life. As a young man he worked a multitude of jobs to assist his family and in 1955 John joined the U.S. Air Force upon High School graduation. He trained as a Titan 2 ICBM communications operator and parachutist. Ever ready to challenge himself, John was selected to join Air Force Combat Controllers/Special Forces and participated in conflicts worldwide. John became a decorated Vietnam War veteran. During the Southeast Asia conflict John became a shadow warrior in covert missions in Laos and Cambodia. His name is among those commemorated on a monument at Combat Controller’s Headquarters in North Carolina. He concluded his Air Force career as an NCO Academy Instructor at Bergstrom AFB. Senior Master Sergeant Johnston retired his accomplished and decorated 24-year military career in 1979.   After a long bout with Parkinson’s disease, John passed away on May 16, 2015.

John was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 2, 2015.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

“Remembering Florida’s Fallen”

The SGT Timothy Padgett Chapter 811, Military Order of the Purple Heart will again honor those Florida Residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom during 2015 with a “Day of Remembrance”. 

This solemn event will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  The Ceremony will be held at the USAF Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida at 10:30am, and is Open to the Public. 

The ceremony is conducted each year to honor those Florida Residents who have perished in the line of duty since September 11, 2001, while engaged in the Global War on Terror.  The ceremony will include the reading of the Okaloosa County Proclamation naming the 3rd Saturday of January as Okaloosa County - Military Order of the Purple Heart “Day of Remembrance”, lighting of a memorial candle for each fallen Floridian, and honoring the Gold Star Families of Florida, with the solemn promise to never forget their departed loved ones.

In addition, a formal announcement will be made to outline the establishment of a Memorial Park and Gardens to be located on the USAF Armament Museum grounds in honor of our fallen.

Appropriate attire is requested; Business Casual or Duty Uniform.

For additional information please contact Sam Houston, Chapter Commander at 850-729-2748 or
Florida’s Fallen Heroes – 2015

 May 24, 2015                 SFC Pablo A. Ruiz                3rd Special Forces Group (A) US Army                   Melbourne, FL

 August 8, 2015               1SG Peter A. McKenna Jr.  7th Special Forces Group (A) US Army                  Crestview, FL
August 26, 2015             SSG Forrest B. Sibley          21st Special Tactics Squadron USAF                       Pensacola, FL

 August 26, 2015             CPT Matthew D. Roland     23rd Special Tactics Squadron USAF                      FWB, FL
October 2, 2015              SrA Nathan C. Sartain         66th Security Forces Squadron USAF                    Pensacola, FL

 December 21, 2015        MAJ Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen  USAF Office of Special Investigations    Niceville, FL

Monday, January 11, 2016

CMSgt Alvin “Chief Hud” S. Huddleston has Passed

It is with the deepest regret that I inform you of the untimely death on January 5, 2016 of retired
CMSgt  Alvin “Chief Hud” S. Huddleston, at age 77  of 12510 Green Darner; San Antonio,
TX 78253
He is survived by his loving wife Ursula, faithful Son Tony and devoted Daughter Cindy.
His Combat Control Team assignments included: Hurlburt, Viet Nam, Dover, Howard and Charleston.  One of his most notable missions was the humanitarian mission to Jonestown, Guyana during the mass suicides of 914 persons in 1978. He was a prestigious Senior Enlisted Advisor to the base Wings while stationed at Howard, Pope and Castle AFB where he retired on 31 October, 1988.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted on January 22 at 1330 Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery located at: 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd; San Antonio, TX 78209; (210) 820-3891. A Honor Guard has been requested for the service.
Al served his country for some 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. He obtained a Degree in Business at California State University. He was always responsive to the needs of other people. He was a Life Member 041 of the Combat Control Association where he took an active role.
Rest in Peace my friend,

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

TSgt David White Jr. to Retire

Who: TSgt David White Jr

What: Retirement (Medical)

When: 19 January 2016

Time: 1500

Where: STTS auditorium

Come join us to see this young warrior off.

Vint A.