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The Battle of Takur Ghar - Afghanistan

Operation Anaconda took place in early March 2002. CIA paramilitary officers, working with their allies, attempted to destroy al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.

The operation took place in the Shahi-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains southeast of Zormat. This operation was the first large-scale battle in the post-2001 War in Afghanistan since the Battle of Tora Bora in December 2001....




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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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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.

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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.

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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.’

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

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OPERATION VARSITY from Adcock archives,

An excerpt from Into The Valley , the story of USAAF Troop Carrier in World War II, by Col. Charles H. Young, war-time commander of the 439th TC Group.

Rhine River Crossing

This was the largest single-day airborne assault mission in history. Planners, mindful of their mistakes in Holland, consolidated the entire operation to one day and limited the airborne objectives to no more than six miles east of the Rhine River in Germany. The plans for VARSITY had been originally developed in November 1944 and were developed for an earlier river crossing that was to be led by Gen. Omar Bradley. That effort had been delayed by heavy fighting in the
Fall, and then waylaid by the German Ardennes offensive. Plans were adapted for a British-led effort that included the Canadian First, British Second, and U.S. Ninth Armies. The airborne assault included two divisions: the U.S. 17th Airborne and the British 6 Airborne.

Once again the assault was planned as a daylight operation, as Allied air superiority could now only be breached at night or in bad weather. A total of 17,132 airborne troops with more than 7,000,000 lbs of equipment and supplies, including 130 artillery weapons and more than 1,200 vehicles, were delivered behind enemy lines by 1,836 power aircraft and 1,348 gliders. Of the 908 gliders flown in by units of IX TCC, 592 were on double-tow. The DZ and LZ area was less than 25 miles square. This was German soil, and resistance was expected to be fierce. Allied leaders were determined to avoid a protracted struggle during the river crossing, and believed that with the airborne envelopment of German positions near the Rhine and the simultaneous capture of bridges across the
Issel River, that Allied forces could move quickly out of the flood plain and into the interior of Germany and the Ruhr industrial center.

The air routes were again concentrated, as in Holland. This time they flew in three lanes abreast, 1½ miles apart, with one more lane above. A formation of 240 B-24s rigged to drop resupply to each division came in 15 minutes behind the TC formation. Even with the compact formation, the massive air armada took 3 hours and 12 minutes to pass a given point. The formation must have
seemed interminable to German defensive forces on the ground. In a post-war evaluation of the operation, German military experts, including Kurt Student, Freiherr von der Heydte, and AlbertKesselring, referred to the airborne operation as “practically a mass crossing of the river by air.”

Several firsts were introduced on this mission. Self-sealing gas tanks were installed on most Troop Carrier aircraft, a long-needed safety feature for missions susceptible to heavy ground fire. The need for ground-to-air communications was addressed by the introduction of Combat Control
Teams that arrived with their equipment in two gliders: a jeep and a ¼-ton trailer with two different types of radios (ground-to-ground and ground-to-air), a transmitter, a generator, and other equipment. Two teams were assigned to each division, one as backup, plus an additional backup team, for a total of nine. FAAA (First Allied Airborne Army) had come under heavy criticism for
the poor communications capabilities of its units, and it made a serious attempt to correct the problem in VARSITY, should further air resupply be required.

“The Combat Control Teams – after undergoing some operational streamlining – would find their most effective and extensive application in the later stages of the war as Airfield Control Teams (ACT). The ACTs coordinated the use of the crowded skies and airfields in Germany that were taken over by IX Troop Carrier Command for re-supplying the rapidly-advancing allied armored columns.”

Again, the Troop Carrier deliveries were highly accurate, more accurate even than in Holland. The DZ and LZ area was shrouded in smoke, however, as the medieval German town of Wesel burned from an earlier artillery pounding and from Montgomery’s use of smoke pots to cloak his troop movements. Visibility was reduced to 300-400 yards and the smoke was 2,300 feet thick in places.

Gunners on the ground had an advantage in that low-flying aircraft were highlighted against the sky. An English newspaper had learned of the invasion and ran the story in advance, and on 23 March, Axis Sally announced that the Germans knew the mission was scheduled for the next daynear Wesel. “Don’t worry about the landing,” she said. “Flak will be so thick you can walk down
from the sky.” Indeed, according to official airborne records, this mission flew “through the heaviest concentration of anti-aircraft fire yet experienced in an airborne operation . . .

Colonel Charles H. Young, from his book ”Into the Valley”
The Untold Story of USAAF Troop Carrier in WWII
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