Eye of the Storm
Meet the Author
Gene Adcock, CMSgt, USAF CCT (Ret.)
Gene 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), is a life member of the Airlift Tanker Association, and President of the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation. In 2010 he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.
Gene is a frequent contributor to technical and military magazines, and 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.
Gene's first military history and chronology, 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.
The Eye of the Storm, Vol II
The Gulf War on Terror
In his second history book, CCT - The Eye of the Storm, Volume II, Adcock 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.
Almost as soon as the second hijacked 767 struck the south tower of the world trade center, Air Force Combat Controllers began to report to their bases and pack their gear.
Spread around the world in special tactics squadrons, these airmen would provide the lightly armed U.S. Army Special Forces teams with a number of capabilities that would turn them into world-class killing machines.
These Americans had the power to conjure lightning bolts out of the sky... ...what happened in Afghanistan is one of the most extraordinary stories in military history.
The Eye of the Storm, Vol I
An Historical Chronicle
CCT and The Eye of the Storm (EOS) chronicles the 65-year history of Air Force Combat Control Teams (CCT). It begins with CCT's introduction in 1944 and documents many now declassified operations from WWII through today's Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
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.
"Individually, Combat Controllers are specially selected, specially trained, and, in support of special operations, almost daily bring American Air Power to bear on our nation’s enemies."
John D. Gresham Author,
"Air Force Combat Controllers at War" Afghanistan 2001
'This recent history of USAF Combat Control Team (CCT) missions is a well written synopsis of the little known Air Commando unit. Air Force Combat Controllers are like the proverbial AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD, Army and Navy special operators seldom leave home without them. Combat Controllers provide the lightly-armed Special Forces - operating deep behind enemy lines with the aviation firepower they often need to get out of tight spots. As the Editor of Armada International Magazine said: "It is the story of the 'operators' who tiptoe through the enemy's backyard and sit on their lawn furniture whilst calling in a strike on their house.
Mark Bowden Author,
"Blackhawk Down" Somalia, 1999
The Eye of the Storm manages to shift one's focus to the warriors who are behind the lines even before the lines have been drawn." In addition to combat operations, CCT has been instrumental in Humanitarian Missions. They were key in the recovery of the earthquake disasters in Haiti and Japan. Both operations are covered in detail. The historical digest of CCT operations since 9/11 is well written and filled with scores of images that brings the story together. This is a must read for Air Force Recruiters, the military historian and the entire SOF Community.