Cast in Bronze

Combat Control - Air Force Cross Recipients

In the Eye of the Storm

Combat Controllers In Direct Action

Humanitarian Missions

Combat Airmen -Delivering Hope and Relief

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Ready Today - Prepared for Tomorrow

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Meet the CCSHF

Preserving the Heritage and History, Documenting the Past and Present for Combat Control Warriors

The Combat Control School Heritage foundation is a North Carolina incorporated 501c3 tax exempt organization, and works in concert with the Combat Control School Staff to acquire, refurbish, exhibit and maintain CCT artifacts accessioned by The CMSgt Alcide S. Benini Heritage Center.

The comprehensive Heritage Center displays lineage, artifacts, and equipment used since the inception of Combat Control Teams. The mission of The Benini Heritage Center (BHC) is to educate Combat Control students, to bolster Combat Control Team morale, and to support United States Air Force recruiting and retention goals for Combat Control Team operators.

From Army Pathfinders to the Air Force Special Operations Command, Combat Controllers have created a legacy that has paved the way for today's Special Tactics Warriors, just as each generation of Combat Controllers paves the way for tomorrow's Special Tactics Warriors.

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Combat Controller

Mission One

The Mission Objectives

The Combat Control School, instructors, and school administrative staff are committed to educating, training, qualifying, and preparing today's Special Tactics Warriors for tomorrow's diverse world-wide missions.

The Combat Control School conducts advanced skills training for special operations airmen to produce the highest quality, air-minded, ground combat warriors in the United States Air Force.

The mission of the Combat Control School is to provide the Department of Defense, the Air Force Special Operations Command, and the 24th Special Operations Wing with mission ready 3-level Combat Controllers.

The Gauntlet

Getting Qualified

Combat Control candidates face a gauntlet of qualification challenges.  The training is intensely intellectual, technically and physically challenging, and it requires mental maturity, emotional stability and a never-quit, never-give-up attitude.

The Combat Control Training Core

  • CCT Selection Course
  • CCT Operator Course
    (Air Traffic Control)
  • US Army Airborne School
  • USAF Basic Survival School
  • Combat Control School
  • Special Tactics Advanced Skills
  • US Army Free Fall Parachutist
  • USAF Combat Diver School

The Warrior

Today's Combat Controller

Combat Controllers are amongst the most technically qualified, and highly trained special operations forces deployed anywhere in the world.

Combat Control Teams are leading the way in in-theater combat and humanitarian relief operations any where, and any time living up to Combat Control creed, "First There".
Combat Control Teams are deployed to perform reconnaissance and establish air assault and airfield operations, while providing command and control and primary air traffic control operations, and ground and air assault operations in support of counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, and humanitarian relief operations.

The Battle Field Game Changer

USAF Special Tactics Officer Capt Barry Crawford“…if you asked what tool of the trade would be the very last thing they would leave behind, you might be surprised at the answer. You would likely hear that it is not a tool that makes one nervous when it isn’t there,  but rather a capability that is not organic to a troop of Delta operators or Navy SEALs...

Arguably 'Combat Controllers' are the best-rounded and most uniquely trained operators on the planet. The initial training “pipeline” for an Air Force Special Tactics Squadron Combat Controller costs twice as much time and sweat as does the journey to become a Navy SEAL or Delta operator.
Before their training is complete someone brainwashes these guys into thinking they can climb like Spiderman, swim like Tarzan, and fly like Superman — and then they have to prove they can, if they plan to graduate. And, that is just to get to a place where they can do the job for which they are really trained, calling in those deadly air strikes.

The life of a combat controller is split between working with Delta and SEALs, with a little moonlighting with the 75th Ranger Regiment now and again.  They carry the motto that would be hard to look another operator in the face and say — if it weren’t true   — ‘First There.’

“Bomb Like There Is No Tomorrow” Kill Bin Laden
Dalton Fury, Delta Force Ground Commander

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