Eye of the Storm – Volume 1

Eye of the Storm - Volume I

Meet the Author Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (Ret.)

gene_adcockGene Adcock, CMSgt, U.S. Air Force (retired) served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1977. As a special operations combat controller, he frequently deployed on classified missions in Vietnam and Laos during the Vietnam war. He is a life-member of the Combat Control Association (CCA); the Air Commando Association (ACA) and was inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a life member of the Airlift Tanker Association and President of the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation. Gene's first military history, CCT - The Eye of the Storm is the story of the early years of Combat Control Teams from World War II to the turn of the 20th Century.

His second history book, CCT - The Eye of the Storm, Volume II continues the history of USAF combat controllers. It concentrates on the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 10+ year period following the terrorists' attacks on the United States on 9/11.  It features the unclassified stories about combat operations, combat training, and humanitarian missions during the period. The contents of this book are unclassified and were cleared for public release.

In 1999, Gene wrote Electro-Optical Surveillance for the Security Source Library, ISBN 1-884674-00-3, a publication of CCS Security Publishing, Ltd. The 700-page encyclopedia describes the physics, construction and operation of image intensified night vision devices and thermal imagery.

Combat Control Teams - Eye of the StormIn addition to his books, Gene is a frequent contributor to technical and military magazines.

The Eye of the Storm - Vol 1
A Historical Chronicle

CCT and The Eye of the Storm (EOS) chronicles the 65-year history of Air Force Combat Control Teams (CCT).

'The Eye of the Storm', begins with CCT's introduction in 1944 and documents many of their now declassified operations from WWII through today's Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). March 24, 1945 - Operation Varsity - Near the end of   1944, the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) developed glider-borne teams; calling them Combat Control Teams. Unlike earlier U.S. Army Pathfinders, the new Combat Control Teams were provisioned with visual markers; ground-to-air and point-to-point radios; and electronic navigational aids (NAVAIDS), e.g., the Eureka radar homing beacon. Additionally, the newly commissioned Air Force teams were charged with the responsibility of airhead air traffic control (AATC).

AATC required these new combat teams to coordinate terminal guidance for aircraft arriving at an assault zone and air traffic control of aircraft transiting the airhead.   In later years, AATC added new responsibilities for coordinating the high-altitude firing – by allied artillery batteries and issuing intelligence advisories about enemy positions in the vicinity of the airhead.  The USAAF Combat Control Teams' first test would come during Operation Varsity on March 24, 1945.