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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.

 < Dedicated to the Preservation of our Warrior Heritage >

Combat ControllerMission One

The Mission Objectives

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

Advanced skills training is conducted 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.

Never Give Up

Facing a gauntlet of qualification challenges, training to become a Combat Controller is intensely intellectual, technically and physically challenging.

Running the gauntlet and crossing the finish line requires physical readiness, mental maturity, emotional stability and a never-quit, never-give-up attitude.


The Warrior

Today's Combat Controller

Leading the way for in-theater combat and humanitarian relief operations, any where and any time, living up to Combat Control creed, "First There". Combat Controllers are among the most technically qualified and highly trained special operations forces deployed anywhere in the world.

Combat Control Teams are deployed to perform reconnaissance and establish air assault and airfield operations, while providing command and control, primary air traffic control operations, and ground and air assault operations in support of counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, and humanitarian relief operations.

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Sean Robert Harvell was taken by the sea Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 in Long Beach, California. He was 33 years old.

Sean was born on November 9th, 1982 in Long Beach to his mother, Jane Maher and father, John Harvell. Sean was raised in Long Beach where he enjoyed playing football, and skateboarding with his friends. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he became a part of an elite brotherhood as a Special Operations Combat Controller.

While serving his country Sean volunteered for four deployments to Afghanistan where he earned two Silver Star Medals, three Bronze Star Medals for valor and two Purple Heart Medals. The heroism that Sean displayed in battle was exceptional; his actions against the enemies of the United States are legendary. Sean’s tenacity and determination earned him the respect and admiration of Special Operators around the world. He had the spirit of a Viking warrior that many have tried emulate but that few have been able to.

After his third deployment Sean moved back to Long Beach where he helped bring his daughter, Lily Jane Harvell, into this world. Lily was the light of his life and his compass.

Sean’s passion for riding and working on anything with two wheels, but mainly his Harley Davidson, cannot be overstated. He loved to, as he’d say, “Ride and Ride!” After leaving the Air Force Sean started his own motorcycle repair company, the 710 Speed Shop, before working overseas as a defense contractor.

Sean was extraordinary. He blazed through life with the passion and fury of a wildfire who etched his mark on the souls of everyone around him. Towards the end of his short life he found comfort and guidance in Buddhist teachings.

He was a loving brother and mentor to Andy Harvell and Analese Eder. He was devoted to his family and truly cherished the time he got to spend with them during vacations to Higgins Lake in Michigan, Big Sur, King Canyon, and Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Sean is preceded in death by his brother
Andy Harvell who was killed in action as a Combat Controller in Afghanistan. Sean is survived by his daughter Lily, her mother, Tiffany Sidwell, his devoted mother Jane Maher, father John Harvell, sister Analese Eder, Uncle Billy Maher, Aunt Susan Maher, Aunt Julie Maher, cousin Scott Farago, cousins Ellie Maher and Joseph Maher, sister in law, Krista Harvell, nephews, Hunter and Ethan Harvell, and especially his grandmother, Mimi, whom he adored.

Sean will be missed immensely by his many loving friends and family.
The service for Sean Harvell will be held at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 1500 E San Antonio Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807, on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a procession to Los Angeles National Cemetery where his remains will be interned with his brother Andy.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to help secure the future for Sean's daughter Lily Jane Harvell C/O Laura Herzog at
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Special Tactics Memorial
Monday, July 18, 2016 (tentative)

An Open Letter To Members
After years of planning, the 24 Unit Advisory Council is honored to announce the coming of the Special Tactics Memorial, dedicated to past, present, and future Special Tactics Operators. The memorial will be a seven-foot bronze statue mounted on a five-foot granite base, bastioned by a 20-foot curved wall and will be on display at the Hurlburt Field Air Park. The wall will be inscribed with the names of all Silver Star, Air Force Cross and future Medal of Honor recipients, with room for more.

To create this space, the Special Tactics Community needs your help. All funds need to be raised by 1 June 2016. The first 50 donors who gift $2,000 or more will have their names etched on the base of the statue, acknowledging their contribution. All proceeds will go directly towards construction and maintenance of the memorial, ensuring a constant physical reminder of the ST Community's patriotism. To donate, please contact: Steven A. Hagget, 24 Unit Advisory Council President, at 850-621-6611 or

The dedication date is tentative. Time: TBD. Please know that we will provide our members with the most up to date information as it becomes available to us.


Dennis Barnett, Col, USAF (Ret.)
President, Air Commando Association

24 Unit Advisory Council
"First There... That Others May Live"

The 24 Unit Advisory Council is a private organization. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its' components.

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Man found dead off Alamitos Beach was a decorated Long Beach combat veteran SEAN HARVELL
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Tachikawa, Japan, 7th Aerial Port, CCT Circa 1963. This is about the time Gene Adcock left the Sewart CCT and joined the Tachi team. . (L to R) Joe D. Willard, Stanley P. Williams and Billy Horton in the CCT office, in a hanger near Tachi Passenger Terminal. At the time I arrived it was seven man team. The other "half" of the team was Det. 1 at Naha, Okinawa. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Alcide Benini, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
The First Combat Controller
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