USAF Combat Controllers
Combat Controllers - First in the Fight
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.
At 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.
Battlefield Game Changers
The Special Tactics Warrior
“…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.’
Train Hard - Prepare Today - Lead Tomorrow - Get There First
Get prepared, get selected, never quit, never give up... running the training gauntlet and crossing the finish line requires physical readiness, mental maturity, emotional stability and a never-quit, never-give-up attitude. It is that focused intensity each team member calls on when deployed to the battlefield or to hostile environments where humanitarian aid is needed