Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)

Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF (Ret),

President and Founder
Combat Control School Heritage Foundation

Author of Eye of the Storm

Gene Adcock, President & Founder
Combat Control School Heritage Foundation

Retired USAF Combat Control CMSgt., decorated Gene Adcock, USAF CMSgt, (ret)veteran, and accomplished businessman, Gene is the author of CCT - The Eye of the Storm, and The Eye of the Storm II - The Gulf War Years chronologies, and many other publications.

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

Gene enlisted in the U. S. Air Force at the age of seventeen, and celebrated his 18th birthday - on March 11, 1955 - while in Basic Training, at Lackland AFB, Texas. From basic training he was assigned to Scott AFB, Illinois. At the time Scott AFB was Headquarters, Air Training Command and the home of the Ground Radio Maintainer course, among many others. In January 1956, A/2C Gene graduated as a ground radio maintainer and was sent to the Shiroi AB, Japan. Shroi was a highly-classified USAF Security Service radio intercept facility, located about 30 miles east of Tokyo.

In the summer of 1957, A/1C Adcock retuned and was assigned to Sewart AFB, Tennessee, home of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing and the 314th Communication Squadron. Within a year, Gene volunteered – and was accepted for Combat Control Team assignment – with the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron at Sewart AFB.

Assignment History
  • 1958 - 1963 - Over the next five years, SSgt Adcock concentrated on filling CCT training squares and settled into the job as an operational combat controller. From Sewart, Gene’s combat control career progressed through the following assignments:
  • 1963 – 1966 – 7th Aerial Port Squadron – Tachikawa AB, Japan - SSgt - TSgt With three short TDY combat tours in Vietnam
  • 1966 – 1967 – 10th Aerial Port Squadron – Dyess AFB, Texas
  • 1967 – 1972 – 1st ACW, 1st SOW, 4410th SOTG – England AFB, LA Sgt - SMSgt and served 3 three long TDY combat tours in Laos
  • 1972 –1973 – 9th Aerial Port Squadron – Forbes AFB, Kansas CMSgt
  • 1973 – 1975 – 2nd Aerial Port Squadron – Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • 1975 – 1977 – Headquarters, Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Illinois

On 31 January 1977, Gene retired as a Chief Master Sergeant and immediately entered the civil work force. Over the next thirty years, he was actively involved in the development, marketing and sales of specialty products for combat identification, survival, escape, rescue, evasion, close air support and DZ/LZ/EZ operations.

He was instrumental in the development and fielding of the Quick Fix Suite of covert, through-sight combat identification devices for Gulf War II. Historically, the American combat fratricide rate had averaged more than fifteen percent in all its wars since World War I. As a result of the Quick Fix fielding, the US Army judged the Gulf War II fratricide rate to be less than two-percent.

Military Awards, Decorations
and Training Certifications
  • MAC IG Team - Combat Control Inspector
  • Air Crew Wings – Combat Award
  • Master Parachute Wings – w / 1 Combat Star
  • Vietnamese Army Master Parachute Wings
  • HALO Certified Jumpmaster
  • Bronze Star Medal w / 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)
  • Air Medal w / 5 OLC
  • Meritorious Service Medal w / 2 OLC
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Combat V and 6 OLC
  • Numerous Service Medals
Education
  • Master of Arts, Business Administration
    Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri - 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business and Economics
    Park College, Parkville, Missouri - 1975
  • Associate of Arts, Air Traffic Control Management
    Johnson County Community College, Olathe, Kansas - 1973
Publications
  • Electro-Optical Surveillance - CCS Security Source Library: ISBN 1-884674-00-3, CCS Security Publishing, Ltd.
    The seven hundred-page encyclopedia describes the physics, construction and operation of image intensified night vision devices; and thermal imagers - 1999
  • Owning the Night - Cross Border Control International - 1996
  • We Own the Night – Night Vision Equipment Company -1993
  • Can EO Weapons Systems do it all? - Journal of Electronic Defense - 1986.
  • Beacon Bombing – Still a Viable Option - National Defense Journal - 1985.
  • Precision Search and Rescue – Motorola’s - Government Electronics Group – 1984.