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This Gallery Is To Inform You Of The Most Recent Passing Of  Those Within Our Brotherhood, I'm So Sorry!



Oh! How tall these airmen stand
Molded of the finest clay
They pledge their honor and their code
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

Oh! Knights, Oh! Warriors clad in blue
Lancelot's of modern day
The best our country has to give,
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

Their battlefields have known no bounds
They lead the brave and show the way
Their courage beacons beams of light
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

A wave of pride comes over me
A pride that I can't stem nor stay
Humbled just to be among
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

Unfurl the flag and roll the drums
The buglers must have their anthem play
To honor those who've gone before
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

To those who've made that final jump
We salute and this we pray
Their memories will never fade
These men in the Scarlet Red Beret

                                         By Major John Lewis, USAF, Ret.
                                 Combat Control Officer
Reflections of a Fallen
Combat Controller



I was that which others did not strive to be.

I went where others feared to go'
I did what others failed to do.

I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
And reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness
Should I fail.

I have seen the face of terror
Felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste
Of a moment's love

I have cried, pained, and hoped;
But most of all,
I have lived times others would say
were best forgotten.

And now,
As I take my final rest,
I am able to boast
That I am proud of what I was:

An Air Force Combat Controller







     Malachie Ringlieb
I regret to inform you of the death of Malachie “Mal” J. Ringlieb who deceased at his home in Tennessee on April 14, 2015. The cause of his untimely death was cancer. He graduated Combat Control School in Class 81-4 while stationed at Rhein Main, Germany with a subsequent assignment to Pope AFB, NC. 

May he Rest in Peace............CT






Tom Naragon
I regret to inform you of the untimely death of Thomas H. Naragon, MSgt (Ret), of 6 Hope St; Lisbon Falls, ME who deceased on April 18, 2015 after a three  year battle of Pancreatic Cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife Ramona, Sons: Michael of  McKenney, VA, Matthew E. and his wife, Susan of Stafford, VA and Mark of Baldwinsville, NY;  Stepson Richard of Otisville, NY; three Grand-daughters: Jessica, Jennifer and Jasmyne, and Great-grandson George.

He was born in Zanesville, OH on February 6, 1947, the son of Ruth I. (Hiles) Naragon and Howard L. Naragon (deceased) of Roseville, OH. Tom graduated from Roseville High School, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on April 16, 1966, and retired  after serving 20 years with Combat Control Teams.


He graduated CCS in class 67-8 while stationed at Travis with subsequent military assignments at: Mildenhall, Pope, McGuire, Shaw, Ramstein and Norton.  He also retired from the Maine Turnpike Authority in highway maintenance department.

He was CCA Life Member 132. He was also a member of the Lisbon United Methodist Church, Ye Steivos, Slovak Catholic Association, Coombs-Mountfort American Legion Post 158, Lisbon Eagles Aerie 4131 and the Left Hand Club.

Burial will be at a local area VA Cemetery. A Memorial Service shall be conducted on May 19th with a local military honor guard present.

Rest in Peace my Friend...................CT
AUBURN-Thomas H. Naragon (68) of 6 Hope Street, Lisbon Falls, died after 3 years of fighting pancreatic cancer with his family by his side and he parachuted into the Lord's arms. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on February 6, 1947, the son of Ruth I. (Hiles) Naragon and Howard L. Naragon (deceased) of Roseville, Ohio. Tom graduated from Roseville High School, enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 16th, 1966 and retired after serving 20 years with Combat Control Teams. Upon his retirement, he moved to Lisbon Falls and married Ramona A. (Verrill) Ellison on February 14, 1987. He retired from The Maine Turnpike Authority in highway maintenance.He was a member of the Lisbon Falls Methodist Church, the Combat Control Association, Ye Steivos, The Slovak Catholic Association, Coombs-Mountfort American Legion Post 158, Lisbon, Eagles Airie 4131, and the Left Hand Club. He is survived by his wife Ramona of Lisbon Falls, sons Michael of, McKenney, VA, Matthew E. and his wife Susan, of Stafford, VA, and Mark of Baldwinsville, NY, and step-son Richard of Otisville, NY, three granddaughters Jessica, Jennifer, and Jasmyne and great-grandson, George.

Visitation Crosman Funeral Home Monday MAY 18, from 6-8 PM. Funeral will be celebrated at the funeral home on Tuesday MAY 19, at 10 AM. Committal will follow at 12 Noon at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, MT. Vernon Rd. Augusta. A service of Crosman Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls, 353-4951.  You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Thomas' life by visiting his quest book at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com






Robert McKee Taylor Jr.

Robert M. Taylor Jr. deceased of pneumonia on January 28, 2015 at the age of 82 at the Liberty Lane Hospice at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.

He is survived by Sisters: Pattie Mitchell, Evelyn Eller; Brother: Alton Taylor; two nephews, two nieces; one great nephew and two great nieces.

A full military funeral service was conducted on February 1st with a U.S Air Force Honor Guard at the Whitley Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Debra Madden officiating. Entombment followed the service at the Carolina Memorial Park at Kannapolis, NC.
Robert served in the U.S. Army (Airborne) for three years, and retired from Combat Control after 20 years of outstanding service to our great nation. His military  assignments were: Sidi Slaiame, Morocco; RAF Station in Wattisham, UK; Ton Son Nhut Air Base in Viet Nam; Udorn Air Base in Thailand;  1198th Operations and Evaluations at Norton AFB and Detachment 19, 1131 USAF S&S – Headquarters Command.

He fulfilled his service to others by being Life Member 244 of the CCA.  He was also a member of the following associations: Air Commando Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign War Association, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.

Rest In Peace, CT

Went by "Granny" Taylor is correct. He and Kenny Young, Dave Kavanaugh were three CCT assigned to to a Special Ops C-130 unit based at Norton; separate from the Norton Team . It was disbanded in early 70's.................Charlie McCarthy






Alcide "BULL" Benini; The 1st Combat Controller
Bull Benini passed this morning around 0900 in a nursing-home near Langley AFB, VA.  May he rest in peace. 

According to his daughter Jane, burial will be scheduled at Arlington sometime in the near future.

I will be coordinating with Jane to gather information to pass to the CCT Community as soon as it is available. 

Benini was the first Combat Controller and is the namesake of the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation Museum.

MORE DETAILS WHEN AVAILABLE.

Please forward this information to your CCT brothers.

Sincerely,

Gene Adcock
5 Latrobe Court, Southern Pines, NC 28387
Home Phone: 910 684-8042

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Alcide "BULL" Benini

1940-1942:  31st Infantry Regiment

1942-1945: POW

POW INTERVIEW, click here

1946-1947: 2nd Airborne Division

1948-1952: 82nd Airborne (Pathfinder)

1952-Jan. 1953: USA SF at Ft Bragg

1953-1970: Combat Control -  Retired July 31, 1970

2015: Recogninized for Life of Service, click here

He was CCA LM-114................... CT

Alcide (Bull) Sylvio Benini, 93 years young, died 16 Apr 2015, in the Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital Hospice.

A viewing and memorial will be held Sunday, 19 April, at 430 pm, at the Amory Funeral Home in Yorktown. His final resting place will be Arlington Cemetery; Alcide was born 15 October, 1921, in Cologna, Italy. With his mom Elvira (Zanoni), sister Ancilla, and brother Adriano, he boarded the Conte Grande ship and immigrated to the United States entering though Ellis Island in February 1930, to join his father Luigi Benini who was working in the coalmines of Pennsylvania.

Alcide joined the Army 6 May, 1940, arrived in the Philippines Jun, 1940, and was captured 7 April, 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March, Japanese Death Ships, and the Japanese POW camps, serving three years and four months, until the end of World War II. He returned to the US 15 October 1945. After his release he served with the 82nd Airborne Division Pathfinder platoon. During his assignment to the Pathfinder Platoon, Benini was fully trained Master Parachutist. In January, 1953 he left the Army and enlisted in the United States Air Force to establish the Air Force Pathfinders later renamed Combat Controllers. He achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) and was in the running for the first CMSgt of the Air Force. Named in his honor is the Benini Heritage Center and Museum located at the Combat Control School at Pope Field, NC.

Alcide is survived by his sister Anna Thomas; brother Frank Benini; and his children, Michael and Christopher Benini, Jane Ables, Lisa and Lori Benini, grandchildren Brittany and Kaylee Ables, Daniel and Isabella Benini.

He was preceded in death by his father Luigi, mother Elvira, sister Ancilla, and brother Adriano.

He was a true hero to both his nation and his family and will be truly missed.

Donations may be made to the Combat Control School Heritage Foundation (CCSHF) any veterans organizations, of your choice, rather than flowers.






James Ebinger
James was born on April 12, 1949 and passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  He was a resident of Lakewood, New Jersey at the time of his passing and is survived by his wife Linda.  The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial service on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88 Brick, NJ 08724.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in James' memory to the COPD.





Gregory  Arbogast
GREGORY ARBOGAST JR. Gregory M. Arbogast Jr., 31, of Rio Rancho, N.M., known to the world as "Whiskey Greg", died in a tragic motorcycle accident Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Greg was born May 8, 1983, in Albuquerque, N.M. to his parents, Greg Arbogast Sr. and Nancy CdeBaca. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a Special Operations Combat Controller. During his military career, Greg volunteered for five separate deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, earning two Bronze Stars for heroism against the enemy. He married Alex Baskerville in 2008, and they had two children, Brody and Wyatt, during their marriage. After an honorable discharge from the military, Greg became a contractor for the Department of Defense. Greg was a loving father and a loyal friend. He had close family ties and was always the life of the party. He was also an avid motorcycle rider and mechanic, favoring Harley Davidsons to most other bikes, but he could rip it up on anything with two wheels. As a full-patch member of the Infidels Motorcycle Club, his motto was, "You don't party".
 Greg is survived by his mother, Nancy; father, Greg Sr., sisters, Brittney and Dani; brothers, Trevor and Sean; wife, Alex; daughter, Brody; son, Wyatt; grandmothers, Cecilia and Carolyn. Greg will be greatly missed by many numerous relatives, friends and all that knew and loved him. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at French-Rio Rancho, 1950 Pine Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144, (505) 338-2000, with a Rosary to follow. Mass will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, at the Church of the Incarnation, 2309 Monterrey Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Burial following at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at www.specialops.org.  






Erwin Michael "Red" Ghormley

I regret to inform you of the untimely death of Erwin “Red or Mike” M. Ghormley who deceased on February 14th at the age of 74 at Baylor Medical Center at Mc Kinney, TX of complications from pneumonia. 

He was survived by his loving and devoted wife June of over 50 years of marriage who resides at 1407 Elyza Ct; Allen, TX 75002-5333. Other survivors include:  daughters, Darla Bartlett and husband, Daniel of Princeton, TX and Kristi Riddle and husband, Brent of Chaska, MN; son Evan Ghormley and wife, Amy of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Joshua Bartlett, Danniele Renee Caulfield of Pottsboro, TX; brother, Rodney Ghormley of Greenbay, WI and a host of loving family and friends.

Erwin Michael “Mike” Ghormley, age 74, of Allen, Texas, 

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during January, 1960 where he served as a Ground Radio Repairman. He graduated a jump school at Wiesbaden AB, Germany prior to being assigned to the Combat Control Team at the 5th APS at Evreux-Fauville AB, France:  September 1962/December 1963; 1st  APS Dyess AFB, TX: January 1964/September 1965; U.S Army 1st Cavalry (TACP) at An Khe, RVN: September 1965/December 1965; Patient at Brooks Army Medical Center at San Antonio, TX: December 1965/May 1967. He was medically retired from the USAF as a Staff Sgt due to wounds he received in RVN on December 19, 1965. Some of his medals he was awarded were the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medals. He subsequently retired from Mobil Oil Corporation as an accountant serving from 1972 until his retirement during 1993.

Mike had a benevolent nature about him that was demonstrated in his volunteer work at the Bonham VA hospital, his visitation of wounded service persons across the states, and his willingness to aid anyone at any time. Mike was a member of the West Allen Church of Christ, and served as a Deacon for over 35 years. He was Life Member 251 of the Combat Control Association, and was an avid photographer of CCA events and shared many photographs with others. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday evening the 20th at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen "Red's funeral service will be held at 10:00a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, 2525 Central Expwy. North, Allen, Texas, 75013.  Interment will follow the funeral service at the Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen. Cards and flowers are acceptable.  A military honor guard has been requested.  Rest in Peace my Friend........ CT





Michael "Mike" Kasarda
I regret to inform you of the death of Michael “Mike” Kasarda (Col, Ret) who deceased on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the age of 90. Mike was a 30 year veteran of the Air Force who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Belgian Congo. He served in Combat Control for a short time during the 1962-1964 as a Combat Control Officer at the Wing level while stationed at Sewart AFB, TN. He also served as the Director of Combat Operations for the 834th Air Division Air Lift Control Center at Tan Son Nhut that was the tasking center for all Combat Control Team operations; as well as the controlled movement of C-7, C-123 and C-130 aircraft in Vietnam. He was always a very strong supporter of Combat Control..... Chuck Trimple

Michael "Mike" Kasarda, Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired, 90, of Saxonburg, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at VNA Inpatient Hospice.

He was born November 28, 1923 in OH, the son of the late Paul and Mary (Goda) Kasarda.
Mike was a 30 year veteran of the US Air Force retiring as a Colonel. He served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Belgian Congo, in which he received 17+ medals. He also flew with the Thunderbirds and the 82nd Airborne at Fort Brag all of which he did after graduating from Duquesne University. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father , grandfather and brother.

Surviving are his wife, Edith Kasarda; 2 daughters, Melissa Kasarda and Rebecca Kasarda of Saxonburg; granddaughter, Mariyah; sister, Mary Ann Kasarda-Dickerson of Indianapolis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Rev. John Kasarda and Colonel, Paul Kasarda.

Friends will be received at Young Funeral Home, Ltd., 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler, on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8PM.

Services will be held at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 105 Kohler Ave., Lyndora on Monday, November 3rd at 10AM. 

Interment in the Greenlawn Burial Estates with military honors by VFW #249 and American Legion #778. 



WILL T. TUTTLE, 1st NCOIC of the CCS
I regret to inform you of the death of Will T. Tuttle, SMSgt (ret) who deceased on Sunday, September 28, 2014 of natural causes at the age of 83.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marjorie of 52 years. He was survived by Sonja (Tom) Tate, Troy Tuttle & Jill (Carney) Steel, and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral and burial was conducted by the Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery at 5110 Gallatin Rd; Nashville, TN. Donations may be made to the TN State Veterans Home at 345 Compton Rd; Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

He joined the Air Force during 1948 and served in Korea, Sewart AFB, TN starting in 1953, Wiesbaden AB, Germany, NCOIC of the Combat Control Team at Ton Son Nhut AB, Vietnam during 1969. He was the first NCOIC at the Combat Control School starting in April, 1964 until October, 1968. He retired from the Air Force during 1971 after serving 23 years of outstanding service.

He was a strong supporter of the Combat Control Association as Life Member 112.

Rest in Peace Will T, Chuck Trimple..........CT
William T. Tuttle, age 83 of Nashville, TN, passed, peacefully Sunday, September 28, 2014.

He was preceded in death by Marjorie Haynie Tuttle, his wife. They were married for 52 years. He was the son of Alvie and Mrytle Tuttle.

He is survived by his three children, Sonja (Tom) Tate, Troy Tuttle, and Jill (Carey) Steel. He also had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He joined the Air Force in 1948. He spent the majority of his time at Stewart AFB as a Combat Controller. He retired as a Senior Master Sgt. after 23 years, and served in Korea and Vietnam. His main hobby was road rally crosses and drag racing. He set the world record for the fastest speed in his class in 1963 at the NHRA Nationals at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After his military career, he opened La Vergne Foreign Auto Repair and later worked as a park Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted Friday, October 3, 2014 at Spring Hill Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in the Historic Spring Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to TN State Veterans Home, 345 Compton Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130.



Original CCT Team Member  Passes

MSgt (Ret) Joe (NMI) Honeycutt of Wichita, KS deceased on August 25, 2013 of Cancer. He was stationed at Sewart AFB, TN sometime during the 1953-1954 era.

Rest In Peace, Chuck Trimple

March 9, 1927 - August 25, 2013

Honeycutt, Joe., 86, retired Master Sergeant USAF, passed away August 25, 2013. Visitation: 1-8 p.m. Thursday with family present from 6-8. Service: 10 a.m. Friday, both at Hillside Funeral Home East. Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Larry (Sally) Honeycutt of TN., Wallace Wright of Haysville, Joe (Sherrie) Honeycutt of Wichita, Michael (Sabrina) Honeycutt of Grand Junction, CO.; daughters, Jerretta (Donald) Burchfield of TN., Annette West of FL., June Honeycutt of Wichita; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Memorial may be given to the American Cancer Society .





Paul Reddington, will Be Missed................

Tom Allen, Jim Taylor, Paul Reddington, Haug
My father, Paul Reddington passed on Tuesday August 26th.  He suffered complications from surgery, which resulted in multiple strokes that ultimately put him in a coma.  The doctors determined that there was no brain activity and after his kidneys shut down, I decided to take him off of life support.  I am not sure who all of you are, but I thought you would like to be informed.  Also, if any of you would like to attend his funeral service, it is this Monday at 11:00am at Willamette National Cemetery. 
 
Thank you for your support in this difficult time, Paula Reddington




I regret to inform you that Thomas "Tom" R. Allen (LM-122) deceased during this afternoon of May 17, 2014

The cause was cancer. Records indicate he was stationed at: England, Charleston, Pope, Travis AFB's and Viet Nam AB. These bases are not in order. More information should be available in the very near future.

Rest In Peace, CT

 
Retired CMSGT Thomas “Tom” Raymond Allen, 74 of Seven Lakes West, West End, NC passed Saturday May 17, 2014 at the First Health Hospice House.

He was born May 26, 1940 in San Diego, CA to William Allen and Harriet E. Allen.

Chief Allen served28 years in the U.S. Air Force, and served in Vietnam for two years. He served with total dedication and devotion as a Combat Controller at numerous locations around the world.

Left; Tom and Glenda Allen

He was preceded in death by his father, William Allen, his mother, Harriet Allen and his brother, William “Billy” Allen.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 50 years, Glenda Mitchem Allen, two daughters, Shoshanna Allen Richardson (Jeff Richardson), Sherrie Allen Cato (Robert Cato). Four grandchildren, Casey and Cody Cato and Hannah and sarra Richardson, One brother, Dr. John A. Allen (Carolyn) and two nephews, William (daughter Lauren) and John T. Allen (Laura Allen), and various cousins.

A vigil for the deceased will be held on Wednesday May 21 from 7 to 9PM at the Boles Funeral Home in Seven Lakes.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11AM Thursday May 22nd 2014 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church at 300 Dundee Rd in Pinehurst with Rev. Edward J. Burch officiating. Rite of Committal will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial donations can be made in memory of Thomas Allen to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689

Chuck Trimple 

In attendance at the Closing Ceremony of CMSGT Thomas R. Allen, were Joel Juett, Jim Hunter, Ron Childress, and Peter Holt. We had the honor of being Pall Bearers for Chief Allen along with two young men Casey and Cody, sons of Sherrie Cato (Allen) one of Chief Allen’s two daughters.  At the rear of  the Funeral Limousine after placing CMSGT Allen inside a final hand salute was rendered.  Ron Childress called the members to attendance we dropped to our knees and preformed 10 push-ups and 3 closing our final tribute to “Chief Allen”......  Peter D. Holt

Arlington National Cemetery, Tom's final ride with Family, Bob Bieber, and Mark Hughes...... 






We lost Wayne Gardner last evening 17 Apr 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A single vehicle wreck on Ledges Drive claimed a man’s life Thursday night.  Huntsville Police say Wayne Carter Gardner, 66, was driving down Ledges Drive just before 8:30 p.m. and lost control of his vehicle.  Gardner was driving a black Audi, and it left the road on the right side and hit a gas lamp post.  Gardner was the only person in the vehicle and died on the scene.  Gardner also founded and co-owned T&W Operations, a defense contracting company based in Huntsville.  Gardner was born in Alabama and leaves behind a wife, two children and three grandchildren.
  
Wayne Gardner was killed in a one car auto accident yesterday evening outside of Huntsville, AL. He was a life long friend of mine in as well as a friend to you. The description of the accident seems like he had a heart issue and ran off the road. See http://whnt.com/2014/04/17/crash-on-ledges-drive-claims-mans-life/ 
The service is taking place on Monday so I'm off Sunday, returning Tues morning. The timing is tough due to Easter but Col Buck, Charlie McCarthy, Jack King, Doc Kadlec, and myself will be there. I'm sure Bob Blowers and all of Wayne's T&W employees will be there. JK

John Koren
Hm / Work 817-358-0847
Cell 817-521-2925


Wayne Carter Gardner, 66, of Huntsville, passed away Thursday.  Mr. Gardner was a graduate of Marbury High School and Troy State University.  He received his MBA from Golden State University.  Mr. Gardner was a 25 year veteran of the US Air Force and he was a partner of T & W Operations in Huntsville. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Lee Purcell Gardner; two sons, Jeffrey Wayne Gardner and Christopher James Gardner; two sisters, Glenda Ann Monte and Brenda Sue Quinn; and three grandchildren: Zoe Lain Gardner, Cora Luna Gardner, and Peyton Elizabeth Gardner.

Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home followed by a 1:00 chapel service.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Operations Warrior Foundation (www.specialops.org).  
 
From Chuck Trimple; I regret to inform you and offer further details concerning the untimely death of Wayne Carter Gardner, Major (Retired) who deceased on the evening of 04.17.14 as the result of an automobile accident at the age of 66. He resided at: 373 W.T. Garrison Ln NW; Huntsville, AL 35810-6122; (256) 858-9987.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Lee Purcell Gardner; two sons: Jeffery & Christopher; two sisters: Glenda Monte & Brenda Quinn, and three grandchildren: Zoe Gardner, Cora Gardner and Elizabeth Gardner.

Visitation will be on April 21 from 1100 – 1300 at Berryhill Funeral Home: 2305 Memorial Parkway NW; Huntsville, AL. (256) 536-9197. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Maple Hill Cemetery. A military Honor Guard has been requested. Donations should be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

He graduated from CCS in Class 73-5. Some of his Combat Control assignments were at Hurlburt, Pope and McChord; however he was stationed at many other locations as a non-CCTer.

He was Life Member 068 of the CCA. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Air Commando Association.

May he Rest in Peace, CT



John Koren, Charlie McCarthy, Bob Blowers, Jack King, John Buck, and Chuck Trimple

Wayne died in a one car auto wreck on Thursday April 17; and his funeral service was held on Monday April 21 in Huntsville, AL at the Berryhill Funeral Home. Visitation started at 1100 and the funeral service began at 1300.  T&W employees, local Huntsville friends and family members all attended. Tom Jarrell, co-founder with Wayne of T&W Operations, organized the event in a most professional manner. Tom is close to Bonnie and Wayne's sons, Jeff and Chris, so all family planning items were in good hands. CCT veterans attending the service were: Col John Buck, Jack King, Charlie McCarthy, John Koren, Buddy Bowden, J.D. Burch, Billie Slayton, Chuck Trimple, Geoff Hitchcock, and Bob Blowers. Along with Tom Jarrell and some family members, I was honored to eulogize Wayne while representing all of our AF veterans, and the SOWF. After the service we proceeded to the Maple Hill Cemetery on a brilliant day with beautiful flowering trees throughout. The AF provided three members of a burial detail including the bugler; and the local AmVets provided the firing squad. All did perfectly well and the bugler was flawless. Tom Jarrell said a few words of prayer. One of Wayne's local buddies, a former Marine, then passed out plastic shot cups and we toasted Wayne with his favorite Kentucky bourbon, Makers Mark. T&W hosted some of us at a late lunch in Huntsville; and later on Col Buck, Jack, Charlie, and myself attended the AA Huntsville Stars in the T&W corporate box. Food was courtesy of the Stars' staff in honor of Wayne. It was sad to let Wayne go but the day was characterized with great honor and dignity for our fallen brother and great American.
JK

John Koren
Hm / Work 817-358-0847
Cell 817-521-2925




Morton J. “Mort” Freedman
I’m sad to inform you that Morton J. “Mort” Freedman (CMSgt, Retired) deceased on March 27th, 2014 at 10:00PM at a hospital in Cagayan De Oro, Philippines.  He is survived by his loving wife Nina.

Mort’s funeral will be in the Barangay near his house about 15 miles from Cagayan De Oro. The dates will be determined later today, but I suspect visitation will start tomorrow for 3 – 4 days.

If you would like to send flowers for Mort, you can mail a check to: James Bird; 2372 Happy Lane; Oak Harbor, WA 98227. A small stand of flowers costs about $25, and a Medium to Large stand costs $60. Mark the check as flowers for Mort. Send an email to  jc.margarita@gmail.com when you send the check, and “JC” will front the money so that by Monday morning the flowers are in the funeral home outside Cagayan De Oro.

As a young man during the 1950’s Mort worked for a circus. He joined the Air Force in 1963, and became a parachute rigger in the Parachute Shop at Hurlburt. He was a member of the 1963 Air Commando Parachute Team. After competing in the 1965 U.S. Parachuting Nationals, he and three others went TDY to the Air Force Academy as instructors. He then cross- trained into Combat Control after a second assignment at the AFA. He was part of a CCT element in the rescue operation at Kham Duc, RVN on May 12, 1968 where he and his fellow team mate were awarded the Silver Star for their actions. His subsequent assignments were Clark AB, Norton AFB until his military retirement back again at Clark AB.

 Mort was a Combat Control Association Life Member 227.
 Rest in Peace My Friend,  Chuck Trimple





Robert C. "Bob" Triplett
I regret to inform you of the death of Robert C. Triplett who deceased on January 4, 2014. The funeral with military honors has already taken place. He was living at Las Cruces, NM at the time of his demise. Bob graduated from the Combat Control School in Class 65-4 while he was stationed at Dover. His subsequent CCT assignments included Tan Son Nhut, VN and Pope. He retired from the Air Force during 1983. Additional details shall be listed at the CCT Memorial Website as they become available.

Rest in Peace, Chuck Trimple

CT
Bob and I were stationed together at CCK along with Larry Watkins, Dick West, Jere Glass, Dick Heins, Adon Gutiérrez, Dick Brawley, and John Karr.  We worked the Tan Son Nhut mission, as well as several great vacation spots in Thailand.  He was always mission oriented, practical minded, and concerned with the well-fare of his teammates.  I remember Bob as a good – hearted, thinking man and a loyal teammate…   I guess I had looked for him in all the wrong places.. I would like to have had the opportunity to visit with him again. .. Barry Gayles





James B. McElvian, TSgt, USAF (Ret)      CCA#0001

I regret to inform you of the untimely death of James B. McElvian, TSgt, USAF (Ret) of 5 Sandal Wood Dr, Apt 15A; Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-4557 who deceased on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the age of 84. The cause of death was throat cancer and respiratory failure.

He is survived by a dedicated son James H. McElvian, and loving daughters: Brenda Pratt, Teresa Dozier and Mary McElvain.

He was one of the founding members of the Combat Control Teams during January, 1953. He was stationed at Donaldson AFB, Lawson AAF, Sewart AFB, Evereux AB FR, Pope AFB (2x); Ton Son Nhut AB, Vietnam; Mildenhall AB, England and retired from the Combat Control Team at Dyess AFB, TX. These bases are not necessarily in order.

He was always a great supporter of the Combat Control Association and its first Life Member number 001. He was also a Life Member of the VFW.

May he Rest in Peace, Chuck Trimple

Tech Sgt. James B. "Mac" McElvian, USAF (CCT), retired, age 84, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. He was born in Altha, Fla., to Graves Howell McElvian and Olga Hansford McElvian on March 23, 1929. He has been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since his retirement from the United States Air Force in 1971.

Mac was a Vietnam veteran, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Post 7674, and "Life Member #1" of the Combat Control Association.

Mac holds a place in the annals of USAF history as a member of the very first Combat Control Team formed in 1953. His family is most proud of him and his service to this great country.

Mac is preceded in death by his loving wife Margie E. McElvian.   He is survived by three daughters and one son; Mary M. McElvian, Teresa A. Dozier (Richard), Brenda L. Pratt (Hal Blanton), and James H. McElvian (Gloria); five grandchildren, Alex D. Alvarez, Angie Coleman Rao, Mark A. Roberts, Ryan H. Dozier, and Shannon L. Pratt; and five great-grandchildren; Yanasa T. Alvarez, Krishna Rao, Anna V. Dozier, Elijah J. Dozier, and Austin L. Pratt.

The family also wishes to thank Mrs. Joan Young and Mrs. Brenda Guthrie for their kindness and friendship to our father over the years.

A public graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.

Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.








There are men who have a determination of spirit that transcends the aspirations of most. These men answer a call, which comes deep from within the essence of their own convictions.

They share a kindred amongst themselves and though never spoken, its' strength exceeds the power of any outside ideals forced upon it.

The sacrifices made from their ranks are great, and each loss falls hard among those who remain. Yet they continue, knowing each time they step into the sun, the rays that penetrate their souls are the voices of their comrades leading them on to the next adventure.

                                                                                                                                                     Coke Braxton

Names are but a catalyst to bring forth our memories of that person and our memories are what keep that person fresh in our hearts.   I have a few more names to pass on to you and as your memories of that person flood into your heart, you'll enjoy a smile on your face and the happiness of visiting a lost friend;

Charles Abee, Clark Alberty, Tom Allen, Allen Alva, Ransom Andrews, William Andrews, Frank Anthony, Bob Annis, Frank Anthony, Gregory Arbogast, Derek Argel, William D. Armour, Richard Arnold, Nick Athans, Dave Atkinson, Ray Ayers, Jim Bach, Dick Baker, Cecil Balcom, Charlie Ballard, Ty C. Barnes, Wayne L. Barnett, Ervin J. Baumgarten, Marcus L. Baxley, Ray J. Belcher, Tom Belton, Alcide "Bull" Benini, Jerry Bennett, Clarence Benoit, Jim Bezonia, Dick Bisball, Paul Bisnet, Bob Bjornstad, Harry Black, Glen Bloomer, Peter G. Bonazoli, , Bob Booth, Calvin Bosarge, Tommy Botts, Joe Boyland, Lew Brabham, J. C. Bradshaw, Bob Branum, Dick Brawley, Stan Braxton, Wayne Brewer, Drummond Brown, Lawrence Buening, Jeremiah Burke, Steve Busby, Bill Bush, Dick Callahan, Donald "Mike" Callahan, Joe Callina, Billy Campbell, Norm Campbell, Donald M. Carlyle, Ralph Carroll, Ray Carroll, Bill Carsey, John Chalk, John Chapman, Bob Chavez, Bob Cheffins, Larry Choate, Eddy Clark, Joe Clark, Ray Coleman, Steve Collette, Charlie Condict, Mark Conlin, Chuck Corey, Larry Courtroul, Pete Cox,  Albert Craft, Casey Crate, Noah Crocker, James Cuyler, Dion Daugherty, Calvin Davis, Jan Davis, Logan Davis, Timithy P. Davis, Danny Deaver, Norwood Denning, Billy Dennison, Zeke Dewey, Jim Dial, Mike Dionne, Travis Dixon, Kay B. Duncan, Vadis Doris, Charlie Drew, Tom Drinkwater, Dave Driscoll, Harold Eaves, Doug Eccleston, Lemuel Egleston, LaMar Eikman, Ray Ekenstam, John England, Bob Engleman, Burgess Everson, Rex Evitts, David Fagan, Guy T. (Tom) Fagan, David Farmer, Warren Fisk, Calvin Florian, Stefan Folenta, Bob Ford, Frank Fording, Mark Forester, Harold Foster, Paul Foster, Dick Foxx, James T. Franc, Mort Freedman, Harold Freeman, Jeremy Fresques, Henry Fuller, John Fuller, John Gaa, Ron Gale, Art Galvan, Wayne Gardner, Jerry Gauthier, John Gavlick, Norris Gentry, George Genung, Jackie Gilmer, Scott "Jewels" Giuliani, Roy Givens, Erwin Michael "Red" Ghormley, Gerald Glass, Jon Goerling, Alfred Gordy, Dennis Gordy, Everette Graham, George Gray, Leroy Green,  Rod Gress, Lavern J. Guggenmos , Andre Guillet, Walter R. Guyle, Dick Hall, Johnny Hall, William T. Hall, George Hamblin, Jackie Hardin, Herbert Harney, Gary Harper, Andy Harvell, Paul Heffron, Bobby Helton, Lyle Hendricks, Joe Hendricks, Dave Henry, Billy Henson, Bill Herdliska, Everett Herron, Larry Hicks, George Higby, Terry Highland, Robert Hill, Jim Hilliard, Jim Hiser, Ron Holder, Joe Honeycutt, Allen Hooper, Gary Hooper, Gene Hoover, Sean Hopkins, Steve Hopwood, Art Howard, Clyde Howard, Don Howie, Lundie Hudgin, Bobby Hudson, Dave Hughes, Derek Hughes, Jim Hughes, Alan Hutchinson, Bobby James, John Jacoby, Alvin Janke, William Jefferson, Dale"Critter" Jensen, Bill Jerkins, Barnard Johnson, Bruce Johnson, William Johnson, Keith Jolly, Charlie Jones, Hosea Jones, John Juergensen, Richard Karmann, John Karr, Michael "Mike" Kasarda, Jim Kauffman, Ralph Kelly, Tom Kelsh, Sidney Kidwell, Walt Kilby, Ed Kimble, Dennis King, Ernest King, Monte Kirkpatrick, Joe Klauser, Jim Klyce, J.P. Lagerloef, Bill Lake, Howard Land, Neil Landsberg, Tom Laney, Bob Lanier, Cliff Larimer, Moe Lattimore, Joel Launer, Rondal Lavall, Harry Lawson, Joel Leavell, Marc Lee, Bob Lee, John Lewis,  L.V. Lewis, Don Linden, Mike "Mousy" Lisk, Ray Litz, Floyd Loveland, Larry Lower, Charles D. Luckhurst, Lonnie Lynch, Derek Lyske, George MacLean, Joe Mahurin, Ed Marion, Emillio Martinez, Louis Martinez, Chris Matero, Fred Matthews, Dave Mayer, Eugene McCarthy, Ken McCarthy, Jack McConnell, Dave McCracken, James B. McElvian, Jim McGonigal, Mark McQuiston, Dan Meyer, Jerry Miedrich, Dimitrie Milinovich, Bob Miller, Donnie Mirabile, Virgil Mitchell, Jim Mobley, Tom Monley, Eugene Montalbano, Julius Moore, Noel Moore, Jon Moorman, Harry Morgan, Vernon Morgan, Richard Myers, Tom Naragon, Mike Nazionale, Dewitt Neal Jr., Pete Neal, John Nightingale, Troy Norris, John Norsworthy, Marty North, Brad Norton, Francis E. Nugent Jr., Fred Oates, Ed Odom, Joe Orr, Dale Osborn, Jethro Owens, Bill Pack, Ernest Padillia, Danny Page, John Paivanas, Chuck Paradise, Bill Patterson, Steve Patterson, Dick Patton, Bob Pechtold, Jim Phillips, Joe Phillips, Jim Philpot, Danny Pike, Maurice Pittman, Bill Polston, Jim Proctor, Delta Prosser, Frank Pumphrey, Scott Queen, Jerry Quintus, Larry Rainey, Encarnation Ramos, Jim Ray, Steve Ray, Paul Reddington, Bob Revland, Gus Rhinehart, Malachie Ringlieb, Ed Rhodes, Everett Robbins, Outlaw Robbins, Paul Roberts, Lonnie Robinson, Juan E. Rodriguez, Pat Rogers, Joe Rountree, Ray Rubel, Luis Salgado, Gary Samdal, Danny Sanchez, Tom Sanders, Scott Sather, Henry Schaeffer, Mark Scholl, Roger Schuh, John Semple, Adam Servais,  Lester Shaw, Bob Shea, John Sheptak, William Shortt, Dick Sigman, Colvin Singleton,  Don Smith, Pete Smith, Ernest Solomon, Panuk Soomsawasdi, Dwight Spargur, David Srnka, James Stanford, J. D. Steagald, Bill Stevens, Tom Stone, Franklin Strange, John V. Stryker, Allan Sundlie, Sunny Sutton,  William L. Swope, Michael T. Takach Jr., John Taft, Robert Taylor, Leonard Thomas, Jim Thompson, Jerry Thompson, Richard Thompson, Fred Thrower, Tony Tino, Terrance Todd, Sidney Toups, Bryan Towle, Martin Tracy, Robert C. "Bob" Triplett, George Tummolo, Will T. Tuttle, John Underwood, Vic Valle, Glenn Vanderkamp, John VanLund, Wayne Viars, Clyde Wales, John Watts,  John (Jack) "Spider" Webb, Eric Webster, Skip Weiss, Bob Werkmeister, Monkey West, Joe Willard, Leo Whiticar, Bob Whitney, Rick "Whip" Wilson, Otis Winn, Frank Woodring, Ken Young, and Greg Zelinko

CCT, THEY NEVER SAY GOODBYE

They are one. Each a part of the other.
They never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
They meet upon a training field. They meet upon a battlefield.
They meet in the sea and the sky. They meet back at the Team.
They meet upon the street or reunion.
Yet they never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
Even though they are a thousand miles from each other.
They are always only a thought away.
They never say goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.
They may pass from our sight. They may pass from this world.
Yet they always see each other…….Everyday.
They have shared their sweat, their tears, their pains, their heartaches, their stories,
Their love, their joy and each other.
They are one. They are brothers.
Never far away.
They never say Goodbye.
They always say, I will see you later.

                                                                                                                                   By; Randy D. Schlotman                                                                                                                                       Combat Controller


http://www.CCTMemorial.com


May They Rest In Peace, And Never Be Forgotten!

Life is just a stepping stone along the path to eternity………Mac