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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 ControllerMission One

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

The Combat Control School provides the Department of Defense, the Air Force Special Operations Command, and the 24th Special Operations Wing with mission ready Combat Controllers.

Advanced skills training produces the highest quality, air-minded, ground combat warriors in the United States Air Force.  We educate, train, qualify and prepare today's Combat Controllers for the diversity of tomorrow's world-wide missions.

The Tip of the Spear

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 anywhere in the world.

Combat Control Teams deploy 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.

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

Never Give Up

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

Get prepared, get selected, never quit...

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Alcide Benini, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
The First Combat Controller
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Approx 1800L LD was working Tiger OPS BM, GF and BH were standing in front of the CCT control area when 3 A-37’s came in from R/W 07, dropped 4 bombs on the first pass. The MRC 108 was immediately set up on guard and all A/C on the ground were advised of the situation. The A/C in the air were advised to return towards home base and contact Blue Chip as the airfield at TSN was under air attack. The A-37’s made their second pass dropping 8 bombs, at which time the locals starting firing AAA and our A/C were advised of this. LD upon impact of the first round, advised all A/C on Tiger OPS frequency that we were taking incoming, turned his radio over to the MC’s Staff and departed for the CCT control point. BH was sent to the tower and upon his arrival found there were no controllers in the CAB of the tower so he took over VFR control advising VNAF and US A/C of the situation as well as acting as spotter for Tailpipe “A” passing info necessary to continue the mission. After both locations were operational (“A” & tower) BM went to Tiger OPS to check on lost comm with the location. The first words that were heard by me as I walked in, was who made the decision to send the A/C back to home base. T this time I informed the people in Tiger OPS that I had poor comm with them and since we were under air attack and AAA in the area that I made the decision as I didn’t how much longer the tower, Tiger OPS or Tailpipe “A” would be on the air. It too “A” approx. 25 min to contact Blue Chip and at this time the MC made contact also. Contact between Tiger OPS & “A” was established on FM and advised CCT to hold the three A/C, that we were in contact with, over water UFA. They were held approx. 2 ½ hrs, As we had a report of 4 A-37’s inbound TSN & no one knew their intentions. BH reported the tower personnel had returned, the R/W was checked, all shrapnel removed, no holes, and at approx. 2100 hrs “A” advised that thing were normal and they were to go off the air and remain on immediate stand-by. BH returned to Tiger OPS.
At 0400L on 29 April the field came under intense artillery attack and “A” was on the air in 5 min and was instructed by Tiger OPS to tell all A/C to hold feet wet UFA. The initial volley had hit a C-130 on the taxiway and it was confirmed to be a MAC C-130 & Tiger OPS was advised. Upon checking with Capt Williams we found out that he had put the crew of Shill 94 (Burning) on Shill 22 which had departed. (SEE ATTACHMENT II for A/C destroyed). (Tailpipe “A” and numerous A/C attempted contact with Blue Chip continuously and comm being established at 0600L). As we were under intense artillery fire “A” patched through Clark airways and requested Tollhouse Control to monitor freq. as we had no radio in Thailand & at the time it appeared to be the beginning of an all out attempt to overrun TSN. At approx. 0515L all A/C were told RTB Clark OPS and asked to hold feet wet by Tiger OPS. After checking with Clark OPS all A/C were advised to RTB. At approx. 0645 Tiger OPS requested the R/W be checked as they were considering resuming operations. As the shrapnel was being removed from the R/W it was reported there was a break through of ground troops in the area of the hot spot, across the R/W, leading edge of R/W 25R. This area had received numerous rounds during the earliy morning ans a C-119 gunship was working the area. At approx. 0745 the gunship’s right engine appeared to have been blown off and as expected crashed 500 yds to the right of the app. End of R/W 25R. One c-9 canopy was observed fully inflated at approx. 300 feet. At approx. 0800 we were advised that the C-130 A/C would be returning to TSN to resume the airlift. The field was under continuous artillery fire and the first ETA was 0930L and updated to 1020L. At approx. 0900L the R/W was checked and it was found that the F_% where dropping their ordinance, fuel pods on the taxiways and R/W,s prior to departure. A taxie route was established for our C-130,s, SSgt Kitterman removed the fuel pods off the R/W with the forklift. At approx. 1045L Tailpipe “A” advised Tiger OPS and Blue Chip that it would impossible to land any A/C safety on the R/W at TSN due to ordinance, intense artillery fire, auto’s fuel pods, A/C were ordered to return to U-Tapao and in the mass confusion going on we were advised by Tiger OPS that we were to make our way to the DAO compound as it was evident the airfield was about to collapse. We departed the airfield, maintaining radio contact with all agencies until approx. 1300L and were instructed to close down, we started processing at DAO for a ride out. We were (CCT) pulled out of processing line to work a landing area for Air America bringing people in from the roof tops. After three hours, the Helecopter pad filled up with Air America helicopter, with no fuel and some Marine Gen. using it to park his helicopter, we determined our services were no longer needed so went back to processing. Due to the area our MRC 108 was in, it was not feasable to burn it but it was parked in an area to be destroyed up on their departure. Change all freqs on the radios and depart SGN at 1830L arriving USS Vancover at 1930L and Subic Bay 1900L 3 May 1975.
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