A CCTer's Incessant Babblings of Incorrigible Thought

I put these thoughts out for all SgtMacsBar Members to
entertain, update, and provoke involvement.
SgtMacsBar is for you and built by you!
Your CCT Photos and Heroic Feats have made this possible.
Thank You for all you do and know you're
Extraordinary to me!....................Love You Guys!


Hi guys, I just returned from "The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever" and have a whole lot of catching up to do. I plan on bringing the reunion to you through pictures and have enlisted the help of all. For each person who sends me a disk or copies of their pictures, I'll send you a copy of my pictures. Al Huddleston, Calvin Markham, Joe Edwards, Pete Roberts, Red Ghormley, Ronney Moss, Charlie Mason, Les Hall, Don Horton, and John Koren have already sent me theirs and I've returned the favor. Please help me and send your CCT Photos, reunion related or not. I hope to double the size of SgtMacsBar and share the reunion with everyone……………………………..

SgtMacsBar is Membership Driven, the same as the Combat Control Association and, without your participation, nothing happens. My whole purpose is to "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer" and I think we have a good start, but it's only a start. Both SgtMacsBar and the CCA need to expand our membership to tighten up "Our Brotherhood" and I need your help.

All of you know, I have an obsession with "Signzing The Damn GuestBook!" You should have seen me at the reunion. I had a journal and was obsessed with having every CCTer present to "Signz The Damned Book!" I forced myself on everyone and was a real pain, but my mission was successful and now I have a portion of history that's priceless.

Somehow I cornered the Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. James Roche, and he wrote; "Mac tells me that I'm supposed to tell you how happy I am to be here! Actually, more than happy, I'm deeply honored to share this evening with such dramatically wonderful warriors and patriots." James Roche………………… (Read his speech below)

James Roche

Mark Bowden, Duane Cassidy, Wayne   Norrad, and John "Coach" Carney

Lt General Hester

SAF Roche and Lt Gen Hester each accept a SgtMacsBar Coin after Signzing The Damn Book

I had General Duane Cassidy CINCMAC and 1st Honorary Combat Controller; Lt Gen General Hester, Commander Special Ops who writes how he's humbled to among the real heroes; Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down; Bucky Burruss, Delta Officer and aurthor; and Catherine Cartwright, Golf Pro all Signzed The Book, but even better, I got some of the "real heroes" as mentioned by Lt Gen Hester.

Jake Lowman, 1st CCT Officer and Jim McElvian first CCT NCOIC. Bull Benini, Sunny Sutton, Adam Heller, Joe Orr, and many others that led the way. I'm sorry to say that I missed Dick Sigman, but I hope to catch him next year. I did get to meet and spend some time with his lovely wife, Betty.

John "Coach" Carney, Chief Jim Howell, Lou Brabham to Calvin Markham and Bart Decker. There's also our future in CCT, Lt McGill and AIC McQuillian and many many more…………………………….

But the most important are Doris "Guillet" Maitland, Denise Schaeffer, Julieta Henry, Renate "Outlaw" Chadwick, Kuma West, Valerie Chapman, Melanie Sather, and the many who carry the spirit of our fallen.

Needless to say, there are too many names and memories to mention them all, however I want to give you a chance to express your thoughts. I have restarted SgtMacsBar GuestBook and would like to hear your comments. This is your chance to help "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!", while helping SgtMacsBar grow……………………

Signz The Damned GuestBook!

My hopes are to make the next reunion even bigger. Too many of us are aging and can't wait 25years for the 75th, so we're going to make the best of what we have left. Please take some time and give us your thoughts, Signz The Damn GuestBook! This is also your opportunity to thank the CCA and the membership for making this all possible!

If you happen to have contact with the Secretary of the Air Force, Dr James Roche, General Cassidy (he asked me to call him Duane), Lt Gen Hester, Mark Bowden, Catherine Cartwright, or any others who support our cause, please direct them to SgtMacsBar and have them Signz The Damn Book!

However, most of all, I want you to Signz The Damn Book! I Love You, Mac!

For Many Years, I Was Lost!

Upon my separation from the military, I left a huge part of my life behind. I distanced myself from what I loved while suffering with depression and then came salvation in the form of SgtMacsBar!

I loved working with the CCT Pictures which brought back great memories reuniting me with my friends. As a child, we moved often and, therefore I never had any lasting friendships. It wasn't until CCT that I developed bonds to create everlasting friends, and that's just what this Meandering is all about: Friends!

I attended the 2000 CCA Reunion at Fayetteville and just had a wonderful time. I was reunited with all my lost buddies and was surprised to find out that I had been wrong for too long. They weren't my "lost buddies", I was the one that was lost. As one friend said;

"Mac, Your Friends Have Always Been Here, You Weren't"

Those words have given me wisdom and I hope they help you too. My mission is to "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer", you just have to take that first step and get involved!

I've just spent a week with some of the best people in the world and am lucky to be able to call them, my friend. Notice I said "friend" and not friends. That's because I want to bring attention to each and every one of you because you are too special to be put into a group. It certainly was my pleasure renewing old memories and meeting friends for the first time. Notice now, I say "friends for the first time" because I considered all CCTer's my friend, I just haven't met some yet.

As my good friend, Steve Polofka, once said; "I don't know anyone here, but I've never been with so many friends!" Steve made those remarks at the San Antonio chapter of the CCA Gathering and they're words that I'll never forget. Steve knew everyone in that room before he left.

You should have seen Steve at "The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!" He was like a kid in a candy store, and again; He made sure he had met everyone before he left. In fact, he made sure he met everyone at least five times! "Hi! I'm Steve Polofka……." You're my man, Steve…………

Steve Polofka with his ever full Combat Control Mug and the Quigley Brothers.

Okay, it's either the alcohol or my diminishing memory, but they sure look alike.  

Steve Polofka

Rich Quigley


Marc Stratton

Talk about meeting people; Before the reunion even started, I got to meet Bill and Marcea Vetscher, who stayed with us a couple of days while taking the long route to the reunion. They were a delight and we look forward to spending more time together. In fact, we already have a "SgtMacsBar Goes Mobile" trip planned for next summer to the Vetscher's homestead in Minnesota.

Then, Rod "Ripcord" Pendergrass stops in and we swap some beers and tell more lies. He was also taking the long way to the reunion and his visit was just too short. However, we got to visit some more at "The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!"

CCT's Visit SgtMacsBar - Gallery 08

Now it was my turn to do the visiting and on our way to the reunion, we invaded John and Judy Karr's piece of country and took advantage of their generosity. Most of you know John had a diving accident and suffered some injuries, and I must admit, I was a little hesitant in seeing John, until I saw him! I walked around the door and his face just lit up and a huge smile came across his face as he yelled, "Mac!" That same energy consumed me and a great feeling of warmth came over me as we embraced.

It sure was great swapping lies with John. We laughed until our face muscles were sore, mostly from talking about you guys. Those sure were the days…………….. Anyway, I wish we could have stayed longer.

We were hoping to meet Buddy Bowden at John's, but he had already made plans to be in Florida that day. However, he didn't forget about us and left some ribs for all of us to chow down on. We had a great time and thank John and Judy for their hospitality and Buddy for the chow.

We also found out we'd missed Emmet Heidemann. He drove up from Ft Walton Beach to visit with John and Judy and had left just an hour before we got there. Damned the bad luck, however we caught up with both Emmet and Buddy at the reunion.

At the reunion, Buddy got some of John's friends together and gave John a phone call. It was nice to say "Hi" again and later to get in front of the camera as Buddy shot a video for John and Judy bringing the reunion closer to them.

John and Judy weren't able to make this reunion, but through Buddy's efforts they were a part of the reunion. John and Judy also bought us a keg to share and I toasted them a few times. They hope to make the next reunion…………….Uraaaah

Then it was off to the Jones' where Steve and Terri allowed us to invade their privacy for the duration. We spent a whole week there and hardly got to visit with them. So much was happening; we just never saw each other.

Luckily Steve was coordinating motorcycle events and I just happened to have my old 81 Low-rider down there. We got to do some riding together and I actually managed to put over 400 miles on the Harley. Jill enjoyed every mile of it!

Clyde Howard, Mac, Bud Gonzales, Steve Miller, and Steve Jones .....................  SgtMac and HumminJill

Having just returned from the "Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!", I'm full of emotion and know that "Bringing Us All A Little Bit Closer" is a mission of which I'll never tire. Let me start by mentioning a few of our friends;

Friends Buying Friends A Beer

The following people all donated to the CCA Reunion Hospitality Room "Keg Fund" and helped make the reunion a great success. I was amazed at all who donated, knowing they wouldn't be able to attend the reunion. They did this, just to let you know that you're remembered and to ensure your enjoyment. Others contributed twice! I'm lucky to have such friends and Thank you all for your involvement and want you to know that your generosity was greatly appreciated and ensured

"The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!"

Valerie Chapman

Larry Lower, Jack McMullen, & Al Hooper; "The Head Shed"

SgtMacsBar is always good for a Keg!

Skip Arnold and Tim McCann

Ron Evans

Charlie Mason Is In For Two Kegs!

Charlie Mason Is In For Two Kegs!

Dan Coonan

Doug Kimme

WinTec, Johnny Pantages; President

Craig Brotchie

Peter D. Holt and Tom Allen

Al & Ursula Huddleston

Bill Frankenberger

Bob Bieber

Bob Blowers

Rick Jordan

Tim & Nancy Brown

Larry "Moose" Morris & Richmond "Smokey" Murray

Phil Mondrowski

Bob Brennan

Mark Kramer

Chris Caffall

Wayne & Tracy Norrad

Dave & Mary Pearson, In Honor Of Our Absent Comrades

Dale LaFleur

John & Judy Karr

Dink Dalton & Mike Massengale

Waldoo Willis

T.C. Williams

Frank Hasler


Pat & Sandy Pihana

Clint Randolph

General Bob Holmes

Jeff Buckmelter

Steve Polofka

MSgt Select Markham & TSgt Select Schindler

John Koren

Steve Williams

Greg Hataway, Dave Hall, and Bob Swisher

David Wilson

Donnie Mirabile

Floyd Smith

Roy Jordan

Jim Donaldson

Billy Howell

Rod Pendergrass

Wayne Gardner

Edd Holster

Buddy Bowden

Randy Schlotman

Les Hall & Members of the 1st McChord Team, 1961-1966

Rick Drinkwine

Russ Dodd

Anonymous, In Honor of Those Past

Mark Hughes

John Eddington

Bill Covington

Tim Arcadi

Hal Dufilho

The following names got under SgtMacsBar's radar and were not posted previously.

Melanie Sather

Ed Habager

Rick Crutchfield

Jay Crutchfield

Bernard Ludlow Is In For Two kegs!

Bernard Ludlow Is In For Two kegs!

Mike Lampe

Tom Laney

Pete Taylor

John Buck

Gary Lantrip

Richard Connell

Jose Fuentes

The following names donated late and have not been recognized previously

Pete Roberts

John Glowacki

If your name is mentioned above and you have not made your contribution yet, please do so immediately. If you donated and your name is not mentioned, please email me immediately so I can update the list of Friends Buying Friends A Beer! Your involvement is important to me and I want to share it with everyone……..

Send all donations to the CCA; Combat Control Association, P.O. Box 432, Mary Esther, FL 32569. Visit the CCA Website at http://www.usafcct.com/main.htm for information about Combat Control and how to join the CCA Association.

The above people also made it possible for complimentary CCT 50th Anniversary Wine and Inscribed Wine Glasses to be used for toasting and consumption during the Reunion Banquet. I thank you again for your generosity and friendship…………………..

The Hospitality Room was the hub for social gatherings and ensured a crowd of CCTer's were always present, telling stories of their heroic deeds. As usual, most of the stories were unbelievable, but all mine were true. Did I ever tell you about the movie they made about me? No Shit, There I was……………………………….

Did You Know SgtMacsBar Has CCT Stories?

No Shit, There I was………… Right below the button you click at SgtMacsBar to go to the CCT Photo Gallery, is a button named CCT Stories, - "There I Was"; click on it sometime and enjoy.

Reg Manning,CSM (Army Ret.) visited SgtMacsBar Story Area looking for information about Katum. He writes to me and informs me that most of the pictures I used were ones he took, and he'd like credit for them. No problem, I try to give credit where credits due.

I also had a picture of the infamous C7 being blown in half by blue fire with a note about Al Barksdale witnessing the mishap, which Reg informed me was wrong. He pointed out that Katum didn't have any mountains around and the picture of the C7 sure had mountains in the background. I removed the picture and will research the story behind it.

My intent is to provide CCTer's an accurate history of their accomplishments and I certainly appreciate any information to further my intent. Thanks Reg, I owe you a beer and Thank You for visiting SgtMacsBar; However, next time Signz The Damn GuestBook!

Will someone please tell me the story about Al Barksdale and the C7? I don't know why I thought the mishap occurred at Katum, but I'd like to get my story straight. Visit the link below and learn a little history. Billy Slayton lived it……………….

Battle At Katum, CCT in Viet-Nam

Back to the Hospitality Room and those who made it work!

Special thanks to Wayne Norrad and all who helped out to make The Hospitality Room a huge success; Jose Fuentes, Roy Fox, Kirk Toth, Tom Bevan & his friend Flora, Shannon Goodwin, Ursula Huddleston, Rick & Julie Crutchfield, Cherise Robinson, Bev Edwards, Paula Sutherland, Charlie Rapp and Tracy Norrad.

Pre-Registration was the key to a successful reunion and I want to give special thanks to Al Hooper and all those who assisted; Rose Hooper, Nancy Brown, and Brenda Hall for a job well done. Special thanks to Brenda Hall and Bonnie Gardner for hosting the CCA Ladies Luncheon.

Original planning for the reunion only considered 400 CCT's participating, but actual turn out was closer to 700. We have a lot of friends out there and we're just scratching the surface.

I must say, I was disappointed. I heard that Al Barksdale, Craig Brotchie, Charlie Tappero, Pappy Muschke, Carl Choate, Stan Braxton, Don East, and many other of my good friends were going to make an appearance at the reunion, however I was disappointed. I hope to see these guys at the next CCT Gathering and maybe even on SgtMacsBar Caribbean Cruise…………

What ever happened to Randy Cook, Jim McRae, DI Brown, Leo Fuller, and many of my other lost buddies? Surprise, Dale Jensen shows up from outta no-where. Doug Kimme had been on his trail for a while. It's always great seeing old friends……………………

However, the reunion wasn't just about seeing old friends, (Most would say I was wrong!) it was also about taking care of some of our friends who have departed the restraints of earth.

CCA Warrior Foundation Golf Benefit

Special thanks to Johnny Pantages for all his time and efforts to ensure all participants a good time, but more importantly for assisting in funding college for the children our fallen warriors have left behind. Through Johnny's efforts, the CCA was able to make a substantial donation to The Warrior Foundation while incorporating the activities for the enjoyment of "The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!"

Pictured; Larry Lower, Dan Coonan, Johnny Pantages, and John "Coach" Carney

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

A Note From Johnny Pantages: Mac, Thanks again for your help promoting the Combat Control Association benefit tournament for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. After all was said and done, we had consolidated over $55,000 for SOWF and $3,000 for the CCA. More importantly, we had one hell of a CCA Golf Tournament.

The morning started off looking like a good cancellation. The rain was constant, I was hung-over and when it came time to set up the registration table I wasn't able to find my brief case with all the organizing documents. My daughter, Moka, stepped up and armed only with a list of players made it run smoothly enough that no one but, Frank Hasler and Rod Pendergrass knew there was anything wrong. Others chipped in to make everything work such as Steve McLeary, Ronnie Locke, Mickey Wright, Buddy Bowden, Jim Moffett, and Big Mike McLain. Both Frank and Rod won prizes and neither had a discouraging word about our rough start.

It actually looked like things were going without a hitch. The practice jump, ran by Billy Howell, the day before had gone flawlessly. Tournament day was a different story. According to Mort Freeman, the combination of squirrelly winds, small squares, and a desire to avoid about 50% of the landing zone (14th green) made conditions dangerous. Tim Brown made a near perfect landing and draped his chute across the crowd. Jack Brehm managed to avoid the green but pounded hard into the pavement alongside. It appeared that he came through with a rough landing when he jumped up for the applause but he showed up later in the day to sign his new book "That Others May Live" with his compound fractured leg in a large cast. Bob Rankin did his best to avoid the green and when he landed down-wind and outstretched, his ankle caught in the turf and he ended up with a very serious break. Bob made it to the banquet in a lot of pain, in a cast, and with several pins in his ankle. It appears that Chief Rankin will not jump again prior to his retirement later this year. We are all sorry for your injury Bob and hope that you're back up and around soon. .

Comment From Mac: The guys were lucky to get the Parachute Demo off due to the weather. However, there were a few hard landings and the guys made me a hero in my wife's eyes. Jill looked at me in amazement as she said, "You Used To Do That!" I just swelled up with pride and said, "Those were easy landings, Bob's just playing to the crowd!"

The jump was followed by presentations to all who had contributed to the event. Wayne Norrad did a great job as MC for the entire event. Some of our Sponsors such as Paraclete, L3Com, BAE, and WinTec were Gold Cup sponsors at $5000 a crack and many, many more sponsored a hole or foursome or both to bring the total to $55K. The raffle was a big success because of all the valuable gifts arranged by Taco Sanchez and others. Retired 4 Star General Cassidy, our newest Combat Control Team member, and Coach John "Coach" Carney made the many presentations. Charlie Rapp read the rules and the tournament was started. General Cassidy, General Hester (AFSOC CC), Catherine Cartwright (LPGA), and Lt. Jay Pantages led off on #1 tee with the Mayor of FWB, Glenda Glover, Coach Carney, Gen John Folkerts, and retired Col. Bill Takas got things going on #10. We more than filled up all 36 holes at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal course which was in really great shape. All players commented on how they enjoyed the fast play. The Hooters girls made sure that all had plenty of beer and Hooters Wings. We owe a special thanks to JoJo Jiampetti, of Hooters, for contributing the Hooters work-force, chicken wings, and general great scenery. It was a good day of golf.

First, Second, and Last Place Team got a beautiful trophy and a bottle of 50th CCT Reunion wine and the bottles had been signed by our oldest and finest CCT members. Almost everyone won a door prize with Col Buck taking home one of the two hand-held moving-map-display navigator systems from Navitek valued at $1200 each.

We finished the tournament with prizes, a few more drinks, a buffet, pictures with Mark Bowden "Blackhawk Down" and retired Col Bucky Burruss (an original member of Delta) led us in a spirited singing of "God Bless America". It was a good tournament.

Pictured; Jay Pantages, Catherine Cartwright, Bucky Burrus, Mark Bowden

All CCA members can be proud of the fine showing of our association. It was our 50th reunion and the hard work of the CCA that allowed us to make such a significant contribution to such a worthy cause.

If you'd like to see the entire photo collection of the tournament before it gets published, click on:

SOWF Golf Tournament Photos

Thanks to Nancy Cotton and Victor Owens for documenting the tournament on film.

To find out more about the Warrior Foundation, please visit the link below;

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

People Give Me Things!

I've never met Donnie Mirabile, so why did he bring Jill a Porcelain Hummingbird and a Scented Yankee Candle? Why did he give me a Harley Pin from the most northern Harley Shop? Why did he give me his cherished CCT Photos and Memories? Why did he give me his original Memorial Program from the service for Chuck Paradise, Fred Thrower, Gerald Gauthier, and Bill Jerkins?

Why did he donate $5,000 to the Combat Control Association upon his death? Well, if you asked Donnie, he'd just tell you, it felt right. Each and every one of you know that feeling, too. The bonds you've developed in your CCT years are very strong and we're a close brotherhood. Donnie, you humble me and it was so nice to finally meet you, my friend…………………………….

Pat Hall brought me a Harley shirt and a Longaberger Pie Plate for Jill.

Charlie Mason gave me a CCT Cigar.

Louis "Marty" Martinez trusted me with his pictures and allowed me to hang on to them for a while. As with all pictures, I treasure them, and value your trust. I've already scanned and returned the photos to Marty. Soon, I'll be sharing them with all of you at SgtMacsBar CCT Photo Gallery.

Dave Reikofski gave me a book about his life, something I'm looking forward to reading! We've all lived interesting lives, got any stories or pictures?

Tom Allen gave me an "Asshole Coin" and a Pisco bottle for my collection, and it's even full of Pisco. Above, and beyond, Tom.

Rod "Ripcord" Pendergrass stopped by SgtMacsBar on his way to the reunion and brought me a gallon of apple cider from Louisberg Cider Mill, owned by his cousin, for us to enjoy. It's past history, and yes, it was good; thanks Ripcord………..

Jerry Green gave me a bunch of his treasured pictures and I'm just ecstatic! I've already scanned them and mailed them to Red Ghormley as requested. I also sent Red a copy of all my reunion photos and have received Red's in return.

Doug Welniak's converting my CCT Slides to digital, and is sending me a copy of his reunion pictures too, just as soon as he gets back off his cruise. Doug also says he's going to join us for SgtMacsBar Caribbean Cruise. How about you?

Al Huddleston sent me all his reunion photos and I've sent him all of mine. Let's trade; Send me yours and I'll send you mine. Then, we'll share them all at SgtMacsBar!

Why did Mark Kramer give me a t-shirt and donate $500.00 to the Warrior Foundation?

I got a shirt from Lou Brabham bearing his name and am honored to hang it from SgtMacsBar walls along with the "Asshole Shirt" donated by John Koren.

Bill Covington surprises me most of all. I just received a box of assorted Tom Sturgis Pretzels for SgtMacsBar and friends. What surprises me, it was completely unexpected; it was a gift from the heart…. Three months ago, Bill didn't know about the CCA or SgtMacsBar and the efforts to "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!" Since Bill has joined the CCA, SgtMacsBar, and attended the "The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!" The pretzels, were Bill's way of saying Thank You for reuniting me with my friends! Bill, you made my day and it's me that Thanks You for helping to ………………..

"Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!"

Why did that list of Friends Buying Friends A Beer get so big, or Johnny spend so much time and money on the SOWF Golf Benefit? It's because we're a giving bunch and we'd do anything for our friends, to include the ultimate sacrifice!

John Lewis wasn't even at the reunion, but gave a huge gift to all of us. I thank Al Huddleston for sharing this poem written by John;


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.
                                                                            Former Combat Control Officer

Al Huddleston was gracious enough to give me a copy of this poem to hang at SgtMacsBar. I also want to remind you of the inscription carved into the stone representing the Combat Control Memorial at Hurlburt Field, Fl.

To Our Fallen Comrades

Yet Want They Neither Recompense, Nor Praise,
Nor To Be Mentioned In Another Breath Than Their Living Comrades,
Whose Great Days It Was Their Pride To Share,
Aye Share, Even In Death!

I also want to print these words that have given me comfort and were written by Coke Braxton. Thank You John and Coke for all you do, and a special thanks to The Combat Control Association for making the Combat Control Memorial possible.

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.

I was looking forward to meeting Karen Downing and seeing Jim Boyce to thank them personally for all they've done to honor our fallen troopers. However, neither were able to make it due to unforeseen circumstances. Karen and Jim perform a "Labor of Love" maintaining The Combat Control Memorial Website for us and I can't thank them enough for all they do.

Jim Writes; Hello All; James Boyce "Beast" here! Hope you were able to make the reunion, unfortunately I was not. The reason for this email is to make contact with all members and let you know that there is a website created by Mrs. Downing and myself to honor All Of Our Fallen Brothers. The site;


is hosted by Johnny Pantages on his company server. Karen has done most of the research and personal contact with family members to obtain as much data to add to the site as possible. I am the webmaster. I'm sure, or I should say I hope that if you were at the reunion you were solicited for any stories, photos or articles you may have on any Fallen Brother.

Please Honor your Fallen Brothers by browsing the site and if you have ANY input or constructive criticism, it would be greatly appreciated.

Our goal is to obtain a minimum ONE photograph of every Fallen Brother listed.

If you know of a Fallen Brother not listed please let me know!!!!!!!!

This link will take you to a listing of every Fallen Brother and which ones need what data.


PS. Would love to hear from all of you regardless of the site. BO

Note From Mac; I have recently sent Jim a picture of Ed Kimble as requested from Buddy Bowden and a picture of Ron Gale supplied by Rod Pendergrass. I'll be sending other pictures soon and hope all of you will get involved. Send pictures!

I have also sent Jim and Karen a disk full of reunion pictures and numerous CCT Memorial related items. I also want to thank; Don Horton, T.C. Williams, Jim Lyons. Dave Pearson, Ray Long, Don Rogers, Chuck Freeman, Jim Mitchell, Bill Covington, Emmet Heidemann, and Bob Rankin for visiting the CCT Memorial Website and making their presence known.

CCT, KIA; Two Words That Bring Sadness and Determination!

I have also heard from Charlie Jones, our CCA Chaplain and previous CCA President and he was gracious enough to pass on his words as Scott Sather's name was added to The CCT Memorial Stone at Hurlburt Field, FL.

Bob Booth has a few words and an introduction; Charlie, I copied your memorial speech on a multi-addressed email late last night and forwarded it to all my civilian friends and relatives. I introduced your speech with the comments which follow in italics. I was stationed at one time or other with almost every name you mentioned, including those whose names are on the memorial. I was there to hear you give your speech and now I've read and reread it so many times, I feel that I could quote it verbatim. Each time, and more than each time before, I could see the heroic faces of those old dear friends, and each time my eyes would water a little more. God has graced you with an oratory gift, Charlie. This speech should be enshrined in the now-being-formed "Combat Control Heritage Foundation", which Gene Adcock wrote, had its first takeoff meeting yesterday. I am therefore sending Gene and "SgtMacsBar" a copy of this e-mail as a means of planting this seed.

I suspect that some or most of you are tired of me sending you recent e-mails about my old Air Force Unit, Combat Control Teams. But hey, having recently returned from our 50th anniversary Combat Control Reunion, and the short segment shown on the History Channel, I'm still fired up with a bit of pride. But I promise, this will be my last one until we hold our 100th.

In 1956, shortly before my 18th birthday and three years after the first Combat Control Team had been activated, I reported for my first duty on a Combat Control Team at Donaldson AFB, Greenville, SC. Charlie Jones, the author of what you are about to read (long, but I hope you read it anyway.), had just been reassigned from Donaldson to an overseas location.

I didn't meet face-to face with Charlie until 1961 after I returned from a 2/12 year assignment in Morocco and was assigned to the team at Sewart AFB, TN. Charlie was on the team at Pope AFB, NC. We were on a joint training exercise together at Ft. Bragg, NC, and we had spent a busy day of parachuting in and controlling the air traffic on the drop zone for a mass jump of the 82nd Airborne. The thing I remember about Charlie is his gift of gab as several of us sat on that sandy drop zone late that night drinking more than a few beers and telling lies about our Combat Control adventures and misadventures.

Charlie later transferred to the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer. He completed his military career in the Army and after he retired, he earned his Ph.D. and became an ordained minister. He is a former Combat Control Association President and is its current Chaplain.

The following is the heart rendering speech Charlie gave at the Memorial Service at the Combat Control Memorial at the Air Park on Hurburt AFB , FL on one of the days of our recent reunion. As he spoke, over the monument with inscribed names of Combat Controllers killed in action, gone was his gift of gab and in its place, his Godly gift of insight and elegance as he paid tribute to our fallen Brothers

Fellow Combat Controllers; wives, widows, family members, little boys and girls; Gen. Hester and ranking military members; friends:

In the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, we read of a most famous combat leader, Joshua. He and his stalwart army, in the early stages of an extended campaign, encountered the flood-swollen Jordan River. Under God's blessings, and with prayers, and striving, and determination, the army safely crossed over to the other side. It was then seen as appropriate to erect a stone monument. This was so that when succeeding generations would see the stones, they then would ask, "What meaneth these stones?" The response to the question was -- and is -- to teach remembrance for the blessings of Almighty God in righteous endeavor, and to recognize the discipline and obedience to instructions by the warriors.

Today we gather around this noble stone which bears the names of our fallen brother Combat Controllers. The strolling passersby in this beautiful airpark, and our future generations of Controllers may ask, "What meaneth this stone?" We shall with joy and honor give ready answer: "This stone keeps us to remember the sacrifice of our fallen comrades; we take heart and encouragement from their example of service, even to the death, on the fields of battle!"

A half-century ago --- fifty years ago --- forward looking commanders and leaders of the 18th Air Force, Donaldson AFB, South Carolina, conceived and ordered into existence the United States Air Force Combat Control Teams. This was in 1953. We are honored today with the presence of some of the very first CCT warriors. We see CMSGT Bull Benini, the very first NCOIC of CCT. We also are pleased to have Col. Jake Lowman, who, as a lieutenant, was CCT's first OIC. I arrived with the CCT in 1954. Here in this reunion, I have seen and embraced several of the other "first ones" from Donaldson in those early years. I see Sunny Sutton. Sunny, Jackie Gilmer, and I fashioned a Judo demonstration team, and we would perform our grunting and body slamming antics for downtown civic groups. And Bennie Lee is here, as is Joe Brandt, "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Marty Martinez, Dale Morgan, Bob Graham, and many others.

What of the fifty years of Combat Control? We have seen the evolution and transition of the teams from being regarded and assigned as some sort of "combat support" units into deserved recognition as the world's finest fighting unit of its kind.

Today time is the greatest inhibition against mention, and even limited talk, of all the events and history-making deeds of combat controllers. Let us mention a few of the more interesting aspects of the evolution of CCT.

The first teams were twelve man units. The skills were ground radio operators, required to master 30 wpm by telegraph key in the Morse code. Skilled technicians accomplished in-house radio maintenance. Our first parachutes were fashioned of cotton web harnesses, with no quick releases on the risers. Radios were old Korea or WWII vintage, powered by heavy dry cell batteries.

A combat Controller, Dick Patton, in the mid fifties, made history by making the first military parachute jump at the South Pole. Combat Controllers were tapped to fly in C-119 chase planes equipped with unusual devices to snag special project packages descending from some of the first space retrieval developments. Controllers D.R. Smith and Delbert Cring, armed with weapons and live ammunition, made a parachute jump into a midwestern state cow pasture, to guard one of these packages when the inflight retrieval effort did not function.

A Combat Control team, under the command of Capt. John Nightengale, was airlanded into the Beirut airfield in 1957, as a part of Lebanon Intervention number one. This was the first insertion of CCT into hostile engagement. Due to the speed of securing and restoring the airfield operations, the CCT portion of the operation was very brief and was measured in hours. I was honored as a member of the group.

Combat Controllers here at Hurlburt were tapped to develop the Skyhook, or the Fulton Aerial Recovery system. A C-123 was rigged with metal tubing apparatus, with the nose-mounted "skyhook" device, to latch onto a lanyard suspended under a balloon. This was designed to exfiltrate members from sites on the ground.

The first years of CCT were history making. Teams quickly assembled at Seward AFB Tennessee, in support of the Army airborne units at Ft. Campbell. A team at Pope AFB, NC was constantly busy supporting the airborne operations at Ft. Bragg. A team was formed for a while at Ardmore Oklahoma. CCTs were formed in England, France and Germany, and later in Japan and Okinawa. Teams have indeed been found through history in very many states, as well as in the Asian regions. The main breadwinning roles of Combat Control Teams for years were drop zone operation, and sometimes assault landings into austere airstrips.

In 1961-62, the first Combat Controllers were sent into combat in the developing war in Vietnam. Hurlburt Field's CCT OIC, Capt. "Gray Eagle" Eagleston, was a visionary. CCT operations then illustrated at least some of the first basic principles of "special tactics." The Air commando units had three PJs assigned to the units, and these were often deployed on missions with CCT. The Controllers were frequently "embedded" for operations with members of other services such as Army Special Forces, and with tribesmen and irregular forces of foreign nations. Egleston secretly trained us enlisted men in the skills of directing air strikes. At the time, only officers could perform this duty. Following successful performances by CCT in controlling airstrikes, a handbook of Forward Air Guide work was approved and published at Hurlburt. Selected members of the authoring committee were Combat Controllers. The use and practice of Combat Controllers directing air strikes reached a zenith in Laos in 1966. A few of us Combat Controllers were sent TDY into Laos to secretly control airstrikes as a singular line of duty. The successes of these historical endeavors have resulted in the practices of directing air strikes by Combat Controllers as "standard fare" today.

As the decade-long early Vietnam War evolved, Commanders and planners soon recognized the great skills and bravery of Combat Control team members. Astute CCT leadership developed and established smaller units, usually called "elements." These units were constantly in demand across the length and breath of Vietnam. Wherever heated battles were fought, CCT was there at forward assault strips, and crude landing fields, always "First In --- Last Out!" These brave controllers (dozens of these wizened old controllers are here today) set the highest standards of courage and bravery. Records will reveal that the teams likely averaged a Silver Star or other combat decoration or two per year throughout the Vietnam War.

In the unfolding more recent years, Combat Control's reputation for ability, bravery, and entrepreneurial spirit for war fighting has soundly been established. We remember the parachute assault into Panama, led by CMSGT Wayne Norrad, who is with us today. Then came Grenada, then engagements in Somalia, and other demanding conflicts in those distant regions, followed by Desert Storm and the current war against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And so, as we are assembled around the stone, we do gladly respond to the question "What meaneth this stone?" This stone means memory, remembrance, dedication, sacrifice, and determination!

We sing in our houses of worship and in our homes "Precious memories - how they linger - how they ever flood our souls; in the stillness, as at midnight, precious, scared scenes unfold. Precious memories, like unseen angels, sent from somewhere to our souls - and the old scenes with our comrades … these precious sacred scenes unfold!" Today our thoughts are indeed flooded with memories.

With shuttered eyes, and unleashed and unfettered memory, we open the tombs of time. We remember times and places, names and faces. We remember sights, sounds, and smells. We remember the cosmolene smell of squad tents and canvas cots, serving as our homes in some far place. We remember the curious smells of strange cultures and lands. We remember the smell of burning latrine pits. We remember the beautiful smells of our wives' perfume blessing us in letters from home - letters we treasured in our jacket pockets until next mail call where we hoped for another one. We remember the smell of our unwashed bodies after days, if not weeks, of training, or toiling, or of combat. We remember the glorious smell of exhaust fumes roiling back to our jump positions in cargo hatches as the engines of our aircraft spin into powerful determination to wing us on our way to do our work --- and for some of us --- to our eternal destiny. And, oh yes, we remember the powerful smell of blood, and bleeding, and dying and death!

And we remember the sounds. The sounds of our voices as we joined in some long ago jogging, cadence chant. We remember the raucous hooch, or tent, or clandestine barrack party, and how to ourselves we sounded so fine with our off-key voices joined in some rowdy, bawdy, or even vulgar ditty. We remember the outward silence of our comrades in our sharp formations somewhere on a parade field … silence that masked the proud turbulence of patriotism pounding in our breasts as the Star Spangled Banner is played. We remember the melancholy sound of taps drifting from somewhere across the base as in our barracks we pillowed our heads at close of day. And, oh how we remember the sweet sadness as the notes float across your flag-draped coffin, haunting us as you are about to enter final rest near your boyhood home! Names and faces … times and places!

Most of all, dear comrades we remember you. We remember the magnitude of your sacrifice. A Holy proverb says "Greater love hath no man that would lay down his life for another." Today we ponder the magnificence of your lesson "Freedom is not free!" Your example and your spirits perpetuate the patriot's most profound of all philosophies: "There are things worth much more than my mere life!"

With deepest love and respect for each of you, we shall now sound roll call of our heroic dead.

1. TSgt Richard Foxx became the first Combat Controller in history to be killed in action. Dick, and I, and two Special Forces sergeants were on an operation in South Vietnam in October 1962. Dick, and our Special Forces Captain, and the Air Commando pilot of an L-28 were shot down near Bien Dhung, South Vietnam, 15 October. He received the first Purple Heart awarded to a Combat Controller. Dick was aloft to control airstrikes by Air Commando T-28 aircraft. His sweet daughter Janna Wight is here with us today.

2. Our Combat Control brother Andre Guillet, with his O-1 Bird-dog aircraft pilot Lee Harley, was shot down near Tchepone, Laos, 18 May 1966. At the time I was serving in upcountry Laos. I shall forever remember the cold chill that swept over me when I received word there in Laos that Andy was down and was MIA. Andy was performing Forward Air Controller duty, relaying and transmitting radio information from the rear seat of his O-1. The pair came under deadly and accurate ground fire, and descended into the jungle along a heavily defended route from North Vietnam. Neither Andy's nor his pilot Capt. Lee Harly's fate has been accounted for by any evidence. His brave sister and my beloved friend Doris Maitland has doggedly stayed the course, faithfully monitoring the efforts of joint operations search teams scouring Laos for the remains of America's fallen brave. Doris, we love you. We salute you. Our prayers are for your continued persistence and success, and we pray thanksgiving for the inspiring blessing of Andy's example!

3. The greatest single combat loss of Combat Controllers in the combat zone occurred 4 September 1967. One of the elements of CCT, described above, under the leadership of MSGT Charles A. Paradise, was being transported on a combat mission aboard an Air Commando C-123. The aircraft did not arrive at the scheduled destination. Search and rescue efforts eventually located the downed aircraft near Dong Hoi, South Vietnam. All aboard were KIA. Lost were MSGT Charles Paradise, TSGT Fredrick Thrower, A1C Gerald Gauthier, and A1C William Jerkins. Their brave names are engraved on this stone. Dear comrades, your untimely deaths leave us with a profound sense of gratitude for your great service and sacrifice! You died as you lived: United in team-ship!

3. Also in 1967 we lost another brave brother in the SEA War. Sgt. Paul Foster was serving as a crewmember aboard an Air Commando A-26 bomber. Before the development of today's specialized NVG's, controllers, operating from forward bases near Laos, would station themselves aft of the A-26 bomb bay in what was once a gunner's turret. A small canvas curtain would be unzipped, the bombay would be opened, and the controller would at night gaze downward with a handheld starlight scope. Upon sighting enemy convoys, the controller would advise the pilot. Parachute flares if available would be dropped, and the aircraft would attack the illuminated targets. On the fateful flight in December 1967, Paul's aircraft was shot down. Paul and his crew were MIA for many years. I learned through informal sources that search teams had discovered the crew. Army laboratory processes in Hawaii identified Paul's remains. Our brother Paul finally came home in 1995. His earthly remains now peacefully rest in Arlington Cemetery along with his A-26 crewmates.

4. On 4 March of last year, our brother TSGT John Chapman gave the supreme sacrifice in Afghanistan. John, while working with some other non-CCT special operations warriors, was on a combat operation aboard a helicopter. Enemy gunners were accurate, and the badly damaged helicopter managed to land a distance from where one of John's colleagues had fallen from the damaged aircraft. John insisted on engaging the enemy himself as he attempted rescue of his wounded buddy. He radioed instructions to an available AC-130 gunship. After attacking two separate machine gun emplacements, John succumbed to his many combat wounds. His US Navy teammates with deep gratitude, credit John for saving the lives of the entire team. Valerie, John's courageous wife is here today. We pray for you, Valerie, and for the spirit of our brother John Chapman.

5. One of the Combat Controllers performing heroic duty in Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom was Controller SSGT Scott Sather. Completing his missions there, Scott spent a relatively short time back at his home station at Pope with the 24th STS. Then, he willingly returned to battle, this time to Iraq in the war on terrorism. On 8 April of this year, Scott gave his life for his Country. Scott was performing duty as a member of the "Gold Team" of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. In Iraq, he was serving jointly with the Regimental Ranger Reconnaissance Detachment, supporting Joint Task Force at the time of his death. He became the first USAF member to be KIA in the Iraqi War. His sweet wife Melanie is here today. Melanie, may God be kind and merciful to you now, and in those lonely hours that shall unfold before you. Please draw comfort from those of us who care for you, and who are mindful and thankful for the great sacrifice you have made to your country in yielding up to the cause of freedom your beloved husband.

As we near a close, I am reminded of a few brief words written to a newspaper editor by a 10 year old little girl. She wrote: "America may be torn. America may be wounded, but America's soul is so strong that not even the greatest disaster can tear us apart. Hold Hands! Don't give up!" (Signed Neha). Oh, dear brothers, fellow Americans! Let us stay at our strongest as we "hold hands" and hold hearts! Bound never to give up!

As though from the voices of our fallen friends, we recall the words engraved on this stone:" Yet want they neither recompense nor praise, nor to be mentioned in another breath than their living comrades, whose joy it was to share, aye share, even to the death!" Amen!

Charlie has also helped preserve our history and has dedicated a website to; Dick Foxx, our first CCT KIA. I will provide a link to this site at SgtMacsBar, but until then, you may use the link below to visit the site.


Charlie, thank you for all you do and your continued involvement to ensure our fallen,
May They Rest In Peace!

I take life for granted, jumping on the Harley and riding down a country road while the fall leaves are at their peak and blinding me with their beauty. While popping the top off an ice cold beer and enjoying how those first couple of gulps taste going down the back of my throat. Or catching a huge bass on a top water lure just as the sun's coming up or seeing that smile on Johnny Karr's face………..Life Is Good!

But I take life for granted. Then I get slapped in the face when death comes knocking on my doorstep. The deaths of John Chapman and Scott Sather brought us all to reality and highlighted the sacrifices others have made to allow us the good life. While pondering on this, I'm also made to understand that, life is too short by their untimely deaths, but also by the death our good friend, Everett "Robbie" Robbins. Then I read about my old CCT School Teammate, Rick Jordan, and the job he's doing for our wounded fighting the war on terrorism.

While reading an article in my local newspaper titled, Injured troops keep Landstuhl staff busy, I see a quote highlighted mid-way through the article.

"I can't tell the difference between combat and post-combat." - Lt. Col. Richard Jordan, hospital medical director.

Rick Jordan donated a keg of beer for the reunion and then I find out he's not even attending the reunion. His excuse; Mac, I just don't have time…………… the wounded just keep coming and I have way too much to do!

Our brotherhood is small, but the caliper of the brothers is huge. I'm lucky to have such friends and while I enjoy life, I will not take it for granted. I was lucky to see Robbie, one last time and I hope Rick doesn't have an excuse for missing next year's reunion.

Life is too short and I wish we could all live in peace, but until the time; I'm damn glad we're on the same side and I ask you to join my fight and help;

"Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!"

Ride To The Wall

Poker Run, Real Men Ride Harley's!

A Poker Run is an organized motorcycle event where riders travel over a prescribed course and at designated stopping points, select a card. At the end of the run, the person with the best poker hand wins a prize. Poker Runs usually require a fee to enter with a part of the proceeds going to charity. Some runs are done from bar to bar but in the interest of safety, I don't recommend these. The best runs have a dinner at the end point and only serve soft drinks. Please do not drink and ride your motorcycle. The rules for Poker Runs vary depending on the event.

Of course SgtMacsBar Rules differ slightly; A Poker Run is an unorganized Harley gathering where riders race over a prescribed course and stop at all bars, select a card, chug a beer, slam a tequila, and jump back on their Hog. At the end of the run, the person with the best poker hand wins a naked woman, usually tattooed and ugly, hence the tequila. Poker Runs usually require a fee to enter with the proceeds going to SgtMacsBar. All runs are done from bar to bar and in the interest of living life on the edge, and  I recommend traveling in large groups to intimidate the local fuzz. The best runs have lots of loose women at the final bar and only serve beer and tequila. Please do drink and ride your motorcycle, but never lay your Hog down. The rules for Poker Runs vary depending on the event, but always include loose women and a bunch of drunken unruly ruffians! Now We're Having Fun!

Let's get serious…….if I can! Part of the reunion activities did include a Poker Run, which was a lot of fun, but also had a serious impact. The event was called "Ride To The Wall" and it was literal. In Pensacola there is a ½ size replica of The Viet Nam Wall and Memorial, which we rode to and paid respects to our fallen brothers. The money generated from the poker run was also donated to "The Warrior Foundation"!

Special thanks to Steve Jones for organizing this event and to Clint Randolph who supplied prizes for the event so money raised could be donated.

Clint also donated a keg of beer, and he doesn't even drink, thanks Clint!

Russ Dodd is a giver too; Russ couldn't make the reunion, but he bought you all a beer through the "Friends Buying Friends A Beer" program. He also just ordered one SgtMacsBar Coin from me, but paid for five. What gives here? He asked me to give a coin to the next four CCTer's that visit SgtMacsBar and are without.

You guys continue to amaze me with your unselfish love for each other and you continue to humble me with your association. When I tell you, "I Love You", it comes from the heart and with a lot of emotion. Nothing pleases me more than to share some time with a CCT Brother and know that I look forward to seeing you soon.

Jim Keen Wants You To Visit SgtMacsBar

What are you doing on the 29th of November at 12:00? If you're smart, you're taking advantage of Jim's offer to buy you and your guest a Mizzou verses Iowa State Football Game Ticket and your chance to visit SgtMacsBar and some CCT buddies. I tried to tell Jim that it was Thanksgiving Holidays and that more than the Missouri locals; Bob Bieber, Don Rogers, Randy Schlotman, Jim Aubele, John Buck, and Ronnie Locke, might show up, but he wouldn't listen. So, what are you doing?

I need to take care of the tickets very soon, so if you're interested, let me know immediately. I have an extra bed, a pull out couch, and a blow up bed. Then I start moving you over to neighbors. We'll find you a place to crash, you just have to be flexible. I also have the bar top for anyone under fifty……………….

Let's take advantage of Jim's generosity and see how many CCTer's will fit in SgtMacsBar. I'm sorry to say that time has run out for the tickets, but the following are all lucky holders and we're looking forward to a "Mini CCT Gathering", thanks to Jim!

Jim & Jean Keen

Mike & Jill McReynolds

Randy Schlotman & Lisa Riley

Don & Becky Rogers with the girls

Bob & Carol Bieber

You're a great group of people and I'm sorry some of you missed out. However, you're not too late! I invite you all to join me and many others on a;
Seven Day Caribbean CCT Boondoggle!

SgtMacsBar Caribbean Carnival Cruise 2005


San Juan, March 19th of 2005, be there or be square! The itinerary is set and it will be seven islands in seven days. Click on the link above for a full schedule and more information.

Change One. Carnival has sold the Jubilee, which is the ship we were going to use. Our sailing dates have been cancelled and I'm in the process of finding a suitable substitute. The only changes I expect at this time are the islands we visit.

I've made arrangements with a Corporate Vacation Planner, through one of Jill's friend's in the business, and am guaranteed the price will be unbeatable. Price will be for the cruise only and it will be up to each individual to arrange transportation to and from San Juan, which will save you even more money!

Personnel On Board

SgtMacsBar Angels; Nancy, Sue, & Linda

SgtMac's Folk's; Mac & Jane McReynolds

Mike & Jill McReynolds

Al & Ursula Huddleston

Wayne & Tracy Norrad

Bob & Carol Bieber

Rex & Zandra Wollmann

Dave & Mary Pearson

Floyd Smith & Guest

Doug & Judy Welniak

Tim & Nancy Brown

Steve & Lynne Polofka

Doug Kimme & Jodi

Charlie Mason & Tracy

Tom & Glenda Allen

The Peter D & Barbara Holt

Glenn & Elli Palmer

Henry & Kim Marc


                                                                                     Can I add your name to the list?

50th Anniversary and CCA Reunion Deep Sea Fishing Excursion

I heard that Nick Kiraly; won the 50th Anniversary and CCA Reunion Deep Sea Fishing Excursion and Chumming Tournament. However, I don't have any pictures to document this event and haven't even heard any fish stories. Maybe someone could help?

News Flash…From Floyd Smith, Fisherman Extraordinaire……… The fishing was soooooo BAD, nobody wanted to document it. Where was CNN on this First Annual CCT Fishing Competition? I didn't see any cameras.

Nick Kiraly struggled to get in a 1 ½ pound Trigger Fish to win the pot (money). He kept the fish and I hope donated the winnings to the Hospitality Bar Fund! I hauled in a 1 ½ pound Rammora just after he boated his BIG edible fish. First one in WINS!

Out of 50+ people on the boat I don't think there were more than a dozen fish caught.

The fish won this year, but I plan on kicking butt next year!

Nick, I'll get at least a 2 pound something or another next time. Hell I've caught

Crappie bigger than those BAIT fish. I have PICTURES of me with LUNKERS, but MAC won't SHOW YOU!

"The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work"

It was great and we all had a lot of fun, even the chummers. LOL

Note; Floyd and I are meeting this weekend and we plan on slaying some fish. He tells me those Crappie he mentioned above are hungry and ready to jump into the skillet. I'm from Missouri, "Show Me", and I'll be sure to have my camera. Maybe I can come up with a picture of Floyd and a fish………………………………

I lied……….. Just not enough time to goof off and go fishing. Damn, I need to get my priorities straight. The weathers turning cooler real fast and I just have too many projects to complete just leaving enough time for a few more motorcycles outings……………

News Flash; Nick Kiraly sends another perspective of the Anniversary and CCA Reunion Deep Sea Fishing Excursion and Chumming Tournament.

Mac, The fishing was so bad that normally sea gulls follow your boat going out and coming in, well our boat was followed by Buzzards. Go figure! It was a daunting challenge to overcome the elements, note many passengers were seen chumming going out and still chumming coming back to port. However, I battled the winning Trigger Fish 1 1/2 lbs for 13 seconds until I boated the monster. It looked like a big SC bream. There were many fishermen on that boat that were green with envy or maybe they were just seasick! It was a fun time and winning with a 1 1/2 lb fish was probably better then winning with a larger fish, because no body wanted to believe I won with that fish.

Floyd and Nick weren't able to catch enough fish to feed us all, but there was no shortage of chow at the Barbeque and Cook Your Own Steak Night! These were both a great success; Beer, Food, and lots of Friends. This is where the stories started flying and talk about flying;

Steve Jones was flying around the area in a parachute with a fan attached to his back for locomotion. The man must be crazy, but once he smelled the good chow, he decided to come in for a landing and enjoy the activities. A self-contained parachute show, is the man crazy, or just looking to collect on his life insurance?

SgtMacsBar Canteen

I took a few SgtMacsBar Coins to the reunion and was hoping to recoup some of my cost. What a mistake! I ended up with a $200 deficit, what was I thinking? I'm glad I'm not selling the hats or shirts. Gary Brock, CCT owns an embroidery shop and handles the clothing. Please visit his website through SgtMacsBar Canteen, pick out some garb, and then tell him you want the SgtMacsBar Logo embroidered on your new threads. I sure was glad to see all the styling CCTer's in their SgtMacsBar garb at the reunion. Thanks for the support!

The canteen contains a variety of items, all made by Combat Controllers and most items can be personalized.  

The Canteen Now Has A Personnel Locator And Private Eye Services

Reunite Us All With Your Lost Buddy!

"Bringing Us All A Little Bit Closer"

Visit SgtMacsBar Canteen

CCT On The History Channel

Bill Weiss and Bob Booth Writes; The History Channel's Mail Call did a fair segment on Combat Control Teams. It was show #34 which is scheduled to air again on Monday, Oct 13th and Saturday Oct 18th.

Note From Bob Booth; OK, you nonmilitary pantywaists and some of you old military folks out there, in case you didn't get my e-mail, didn't read it, read it and forgot it, or just completely ignored it, I'm going to give you one more chance. And if it sounds like I'm beating my chest with pride, well..... you're right. In case you missed it last night on the T.V. History Channel's "Mail Call", you'll have a 2nd chance to see it on the 18th when it airs again. It covers my old Air Force outfit "The Air Force Combat Control Teams. It comes on the last 10 minutes of the 30 minute program. I was one of the team leaders and was the OIC (Officer-in Charge) of the first Combat Control School when I was on active duty. (You'll see a brief blurb about the school of today.) Of course, for me, that was about 100 years ago and this is a modern depiction of the teams today.

You don't see or hear much about this small elite and highly decorated unit because it has always been a very small, clandestine unit whose missions are mostly hush-hush. It is the first unit into any "hot spot" in the world ahead of the Army and those big ol' tough Marines. Suffice to say, in any of the areas of the world with American military conflict you see and hear on the news today, a Combat Control Team was first there, and in some cases is still there.

The airing of this program was especially timely for me and for many of you old Combat Controllers. The Combat Control Association, which is composed of retirees and active duty members (and which, I am proud to say, am a former vice-president), just held it's 50th anniversary from which I returned about a week or so ago. Including spouses, there were almost 700 attendees, and our guest speaker was the Secretary of the Air Force. Just to hear him talk of the heroic deeds of these bright and courageous young men of today's teams made me swell with pride to have once been a part of it.

Frank Betty writes; Bob, I have three copies of this show in case some one didn't get to see it. I thought it was a brief, very well documented segment on CCT. I am sure there was a lot of swelled chests, including mine, seeing these young men in action. What stood out the most to me, was the quiet and unhurried professionalism displayed by the team members. Frank Betty

Again, this short segment will air again on the 18th. Don't miss it this time!

SgtMacsBar Lost Sheep

The following guys have signed into SgtMacsBar, but have been taken off the mailing list because their mail is returned, address unknown. If you know these guys and have contact with them, please have them update their email address with me. A few just signed in, but left bad addresses, go figure. You all are important to me, please keep your email address up to date and stay connected. I need the following to update their addresses;

Gary Pino, Randy Blythe, Rob Scoursas, Tom Allen, Jack Sweatman, Rick Drinkwine, Conrad Bohl, Dale Anderson, Keith Bell, Johnny Williams, and Bob Swisher

I'd also like the following guys to reconnect; Mike Leonard, Vinnie Salvino, Keith Hewes, Dick "Mac" McCabe, Mark Conlin, Keith Edwards, and Scott Innis

Found; Dick Brawley and Bud Gonzales

If you haven't joined SgtMacsBar, you need to get connected. Just sign The Damn GuestBook saying something about your CCT Experience and how you're doing today. I send out a Meandering, like the one you're reading now, and will add you to the mailing list. I just want to "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer"and get your CCT Pictures so I can share them with all.

"We Want You A Little Bit Closer!"

I wish that every SgtMacsBar Member also belong to the Combat Control Association. SgtMacsBar is not associated with the CCA, however supports the CCA and recommends your support too. Without the CCA, reunions as the one I just attended would not be possible and that would be a true loss. Join today!

Over this last year, SgtMacsBar Members have raised over $13,000 for the CCA through new CCA Life Memberships and the Friends Buying Friends A Beer Program. You guys made this possible and I just want to say Thank You, again!

Support The Combat Control Association

A Letter From Randy Schlotman, a new CCA Member;

CCA mini meandering of the insane and good looking!

I received my CCA membership packet in the mail on Tuesday. Lisa and I sat there for several hours pouring over everything in the packet. There are so many names in there that brought back some great memories. It feels great to be reconnected to this fraternal order of brothers again. I always have been, in my heart and mind. Now I am connected in another way such as the CCA. Before I die I want to make sure that I have no regrets and joining the CCA and emailing, seeing and visiting old friends from CCT is just one less thing on my very small regret list.

One person had mentioned that he was in during peace time and didn't feel that he deserved to be acknowledged with all the great legends of CCT. I believe that we are all great legends in our own mind, Yet any man that has endured the training and played the game is truly a great man to make the sacrifices that we all have made. We could have chosen the easy route and drove a bus or swept the flight line or worked in supply or the motor pool, but we didn't. We all choose the high road. We saw the other side of the mountain. I for one am proud of anyone that wears or has worn the beret that no man can touch without earning it. Peace time or war time. We were trained to be the best and no matter what, we were volunteers 100%, to take on that which no other man could do or fathom. I strongly believe that if you have earned the right to wear the beret, then you are a hero and a great man.

I often recall something my grandfather would always say. " Should of's, Could of's and Would of's never did anything." He would also tell me that, "Randy, when you get to be my age you will want to be a grandfather that can set with his grandchildren and be able to answer their questions of what did you do when you were younger?", without hesitation or any regrets. I for one know that when my boys ask me I can proudly say to them that I did this and I did that or traveled here or there; Even though I was in during peace time.

I'm glad I will NEVER be the parent or grandfather that sits in his chair talking to the young ones and have to say "Well I could have done this or I should have done that or I would have like to have done that. But I'm too old now" Thank God for CCT, Mike Steinbeck, You and all my other CCT brothers that kept me on the right course in life. I tell my boys that I have seen and done more things in fours years of my life as a CCTer than most people will ever do in a lifetime. The best part is that when I tell them this and share stories with them it is not a lie and they think that I am the biggest hero in the world; Just because I was and always will be CCT.

Love ya Mac, Randy Schlotman

Note From Mac; It makes my day to know I made a difference, thank you for your kind words Randy. However, you mention my name with the likes of Mike Steinbeck, I'm truly humbled. A little know fact; I was Mike's cherry, the first person he ever had to write an APR on, and I didn't make it easy. He was also, my first trainer, so I blame all my faults on him. You know Randy, we served with some pretty good guys, and I for one, want to see them all again!

And Yet Another Letter! Pat Hall Writes;

May Grace, Peace and Love be to you and yours.

Hello everyone;

I don't usually do this, but since Randy Schlotman and I shared the same pipeline experience I don't think he minds. "Pil Sung", old friend. You may all wonder why that line at the top of my page is here. Well I received my CCA package a gift from you my brothers and this line was at the top of the first page. Mr. Trimple these are very humbling words and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I only know two people listed under the CCA Officers. And it was an honor to serve with Chiefs Jack McMullen and Bob Rankin. I hope to meet the others this year.

As this computer makes the world smaller, I have been amazed at whom I meet. On one bulletin board I visit I received emails asking for Mort Freedman and another looking for Charlie Rapp. Charlie I sent word, not sure you got it, Al Grammando says he has been looking very hard for you. I even got to chat with Dave Holcomb my old school mate. I am not sure what amazes me more with this group; The accomplishments in the military or their accomplishments in retirement.

As I look around I see Don Bueneman is a pilot, and Rodney Haselden is a General Manager of a global business. Chief Martens has gone from protecting the world to protecting our neighborhoods. I can still remember Chief Martens telling me I had to shave every day whether I thought I had facial hair or not! Bob Overland went from protecting me to protecting our nation's travelers. Bill Coffey is another that has gone from protecting the world to protecting our neighborhoods. We had no idea what we were learning and how far running a parachute shop or vehicle maintenance would take us.

How these men raised families and took care of the young men in the unit at the same time was a feat in itself! I managed to get myself on admin hold and deep kimchi in a matter of fifteen minutes and Chief Crutchfield got me out of it and on a plane to the states in five minutes. I think my lower jaw is still in the dust at Clark Air Field. Chief McCarthy set my entire divorce hearings on paper in ten minutes and thanks to his endeavor I raised my children. My girls asked me once how I was so lucky. I just told them God sent an angel and the angels' name was Chief! Ron Childress taught me the value of bringing home flowers for no reason at all.

Billy Howell taught me to lead by example and to pick my arguments carefully. I must admit I am a very slow learner. Billy and Chris Crutchfield had some tough shoes to fill. Or so some thought! They are leaving tough shoes to fill themselves. And I think they have made some fathers very proud along the way.

In my eight years in CCT I had only three First Sergeants; MSgt. Frye (374 TAW Clark), SMSgt. Blowers, and MSgt. Gathings. Dave Frye after getting me out of jail at Clark made me pay for the beers until I only had time to shower and shave and collect my LOR. Blowers and Gathings were always there when I needed advice. Sitting with these men and talking was like sitting back in Ohio with my father. When I had a situation with a troop or when I was over my head in operations they always had an answer.

Johnny Karr and Major John Cummings and Colonel Buck sent a sergeant to operations. I was over my head from day one. And more than once I took my frustrations out on them. I'll never know why JK never just gave me one in the teeth. JK always would hold me to task and taught me that sidestepping attention to detail would always bite me in the butt. I am now teaching that to my children, and we have seven. JK told me that God said to go fourth and multiply but he thinks there was a limit. I'll have to look that up.

Speaking of Major Cummings he is another one that put up with me since CCS just like Randy. I always received much more from Major Cummings than he ever got from me. If the President wants to fix the economy all he would have to do is log on to www.theville.com.

When you entered CCT when I did back in 1980 you were told that Pope was the Manchester road crew. Well we received a road crewmember at Clark, and his name was Bob Overland. Bob taught me that at Pope a young combat controller left with the basics so well known he didn't even have to think about it. Bob also taught me that I was big for my britches and had much to learn. The things I learned from Bob have never left me. And a lot of those things weren't just military related. It was because of Bob that I asked for Pope as my next assignment. Talk about a team rich with talent, just look at that Bart Decker! The least he could do is get a gray hair.

Now you're thinking the Clark team failed me. This is not so. You see when I arrived at Clark I was awol for the first week. When they finally found me I had to answer to Mouse Lyske and Allen Hooper. I had no idea why they were so angry. They wanted to know where I had been for seven days. I explained I had been drunk most of the time and getting a little sleep here and there. Now they were just fired up. They asked if I had remembered that I was to show up at work every day at 0700 hours. I laughed and said ah yeah sure. Well they wanted to know where I had been. So I explained that I had showed every night at 0700 hours and the place was locked up tight. So I would just change clothes and hit the town. Now they wanted to kill me. And I had no idea what Harvey Perriot and Eddie Howard were laughing about. So my first day was spent learning military time. So as you can see prozac had not yet been invented. So how else could they deal with me? That is right! They sent for Bob Overland.

Just think: Bill Coffey, Harvey Perriot, Chief Mike Steinbeck, Chief Jack McMullen, Mouse Lyske, Allen Hooper, Charlie Rapp, J. D. Burch, Gene Havens, Doc Jones, Eddie Howard, Johnny Williams, Tim Arcadi, Mort Freedman, Bob Overland, and Bill at the Shamrock for extra backup! All these men to watch out for me!! And if you think this was overkill just ask any of them. Just don't blame me if their eyes start twitching.

Well your all probably wondering where these roads down reflection drive came from. My daughter who is attending the University of Louisville just called tonight. Her future husband wanted to talk to me. It seems he has been thinking about driving across town to the CCT there. To be honest, I got a lump in my throat and I got sick. You see they have a child together. So this is the father of my Grandson. I know a lot of people here might remember Crystal. He said he has been thinking about it a lot. Then he wanted to know if I was still there.

My first thought was Puerto Rico. Then I thought about Billy Howell and Chris Crutchfield and wondered what their fathers had told them. I am sure that their words tower in comparison to mine. But then I remembered a wonderful email from a NCO from the guard unit there and how he shared with me the sense of family within the unit. And then I remembered that Danny Page, who has more guts than I do who came back in at a time when his country really needs him, was there. So then I realized that the support I received is still there. And just like me every man needs to make his own choice. So I just reminded him that I am blessed beyond my worth, I am still here. I also explained to him that many of my classmates are not.

He persisted that he was very interested and wishes to go and check it out. But as I have reached the generation gap and my tattoo "All the Young Dudes" no longer applies, I didn't understand a word he said after that. I have no idea if he is serious or not, time will tell. My daughter said she doesn't want a husband who ends up like me. She says one family member in the VA is enough. I just reminded her I have been blessed to share her life while some of the children she played with at Pope are blessed with fond memories.

I have not yet been able to bring myself to watch Black Hawk Down, and know I never will. While so many have been there for me I was absent when times got hard. I think often when young 18 year olds watch this, and wonder what they come away with. Nothing more sobering than being 18, getting off the bus in Biloxi Mississippi, and find yourself seated across the desk from Chief Steinbeck. He asked me and two other guys, "If you're not interested you're free to leave, no sense in wasting your time and mine." I was the only one that stayed. Was I stronger? Was I smarter? No, I thought I was smarter then those guys. I just knew this man was going to beat the hell out of whoever left. I even found them later and asked them if he did. I was shocked to find out that they still got to go to air traffic control school and didn't get beat up! I was the accidental tourist who signed up for the ride to get out of being a cop. I had no idea what CCT was nor did I care. Well it was one heck of a ride and Chief Steinbeck and the CCS cadre under Lt. Holmes did a fine job of preparing me.

While I have not discussed so many that have helped develop me as a man and father I am retired for the second time. Meaning I have much more time than most of you. So I just wish to say thank you all for this wonderful gift and it is nice to be home again.

Hey Mac, maybe I do need a hobby! Patrick Hall

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The Right Capability for our Nation

Dr. James G. Roche, secretary of the Air Force

Remarks at the Combat Controller 50th Anniversary Reunion, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Sept. 27, 2003

Jim Roche Gives Larry Lower A Hug

Thank you Wayne for your kind words; Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Wayne Norrad, former Air Force Special Operations Command Chief

General Cassidy, General (Paul V.) Hester (AFSOC Commander), former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (James C.) Binniker, distinguished guests, combat controllers, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. It is my great privilege and delight to be with you tonight to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of Combat Control. We gather to remember your origins, and to commemorate 50 years of Air Force Combat Control. Tonight, we celebrate the heritage of the "Scarlet Red Beret" and the elite warfighters who have delivered combat capability for our Air Force for the past half-century.

And what a capability you provide. You increasingly are the means for us to bring air and space power to bear on an enemy in the fog of combat. You are the intersection between the most awesome strike capability the world has ever known and those who thought they could take on the United States Air Force. You are our nation's Air Commandos, and the citizens of this vast land are very fortunate to have you manning their watchtowers of freedom.

I want to thank the Combat Control Association for inviting my lovely bride of 42 years to share in this celebration along with me. She knows better than anyone else how close and long-standing my affinity is for the brave Americans who devote their lives to the demands of special operations. You see, when I commanded a guided missile destroyer during my years in the Navy, my main propulsion assistant was a SEAL. Through his personal example, he taught me that our special operators are a unique national treasure. He served then, just as you do today -- quietly and professionally, whether in peace or in war. And just as he did, you don't seek the limelight. Moki Martin and his wife, Cindy, are very special people to Diane and me. When the occasional spotlight shines on you -- as you cross a remote desert or during your treks in the mountains of a far-off land -- you slip back into the shadows, carrying on the tradition of the quiet professionals who have gone before you.

Some of those patriotic Americans -- the original trailblazers of your business -- are with us tonight. I am honored and consider it a personal privilege to break bread with the plank owners of Combat Control. You've heard their names tonight already. But I'd submit to you that we could never say their names enough, particularly in light of the dramatically distinguished service they've given to the Air Force and our nation.

" Chief Master Sergeant Al "Bull" Benini -- a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and the first NCO in charge of a Combat Control team;

" Chief Master Sergeant Jim Howell, a "pathfinder" in every sense of the word, establishing in 1963 the upper limits of HALO (high altitude, low opening) operations when he jumped from over 43,000 feet. He is also widely recognized as the first person to eject from a supersonic jet in 1961 -- I know a lot of pilots today that would want to shake your hand for having the courage to blaze that path for them. There are others, of course, who think you must have been out of your mind to do what you did.

" We also have with us two other plank owners from that first team -- Sunny Sutton and James McElvain. Gentlemen, I salute you. And I salute your entire team.


As I was considering my remarks tonight, General Hester weighed-in with the kind of advice I relish getting from one of our major command Commanders. When General Hester called, he wanted to make sure I understood that my opportunity to speak to you will be on the fifth night of a six-day party, and that I should also take into account the fact that you deviated from typical protocol and scheduled a two-hour social hour in advance of our banquet tonight. He also pointed out that your reunion agenda includes "sleeping in" and that many of you will have had a pretty good time this week, not only at scheduled events, but also at some of those late night meetings in the Controller Board Room -- the bar. But, I'll tell you the same thing I passed back to General Hester: "I'm not sure if that means I need to keep my remarks short or that I have a lot of catching up to do!"

Apart from the opportunity to celebrate your 50th Anniversary, there's another compelling reason that prompted Diane and me to attend this reunion. We are here tonight, on behalf of John and Ellen Jumper and ourselves to simply say: thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families endured -- and some of you continue to endure -- for this important mission for our country. And thank you for getting your mission done with the class and professionalism that have been your hallmark for 50 years.

Your heritage in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force is long and quite distinguished. Combat controllers were borne from the special needs of warfighters in our campaigns in Europe and the Pacific in World War II. From the "Combat Controller Teams" of Operation Varsity, and General "Hap" Arnold's "Air Commando Force" in the Pacific to the combat controllers who helped deliver victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the forces of Saddam in Iraq, combat controllers have fought, and, in some cases, died, in virtually every major operation or war over the past five decades. From Staff Sergeant Richard Foxx to Staff Sergeant Scott Sather, our combat controllers have sacrificed for this nation. For that, you and your colleagues have my highest admiration and deepest respect.


Your contributions in combat have been a foundation of our success for many years. They have enabled us to deliver on our commitment to bring air and space power to bear against our enemies, and to defend our homeland. They have allowed us to extend the vision of airpower advocates, creating decisive and compelling effects from air and space. They have validated our renewed focus on joint operations and integration with ground forces, allowing us to create anew the historic era of cooperation between air and ground forces that produced the breakout of Normandy and the race across France. You made the dream John Jumper and I had a reality. Generals Patton, Bradley, Arnold and Quesada would be very proud indeed of how well we integrate our air and land forces today. We have demonstrated to the world the professionalism, competence, and incredible skill of airmen -- particularly our combat controllers -- airmen steeped in the warrior ethos and prepared to sacrifice their lives serving a cause greater than self. Simply put, we win in conflict because of the "First There, Last Out" combat controllers.

New era of asymmetric threats

But while you have much to be proud of over the past 50 years, we must also recognize that the world is quite different today in the 21st century than the century of world wars and cold wars we've left behind. We have new enemies who employ different tactics -- much different even than the conventional battles we've fought since the end of the first Gulf War. The new threat of terrorism is real, it is persistent, it is aimed at us, and it is global.

It demands that we be prepared to fight by employing all of the elements of our nation's power. And it demands that we continue to develop professional airmen, equip them with the best warfighting capabilities, and integrate them into the joint fight so as to best capitalize on the potent attributes of air and space power. The way ahead for the combat control career field is no different. I am thrilled at your doctrinal and operational agility. You have set the transformational pace for the rest of our Air Force. Please, keep up the pace!

We need to continue to invest in the kind of training, assignments and experiences that allow us to produce professional combat controllers who have amazed the world by calling dangerously close CAS (close air support) missions from various Air Force and Navy aircraft, including B-52s flying at 39,000 feet, and who raised again the Stars and Stripes over the American Embassy in Kabul.

We must continue to give combat controllers the tools and technology they need to get the job done. That's why General Jumper and I chartered Alan Yoshida to lead a team to cut through the bureaucracy of the acquisition process to create a Battlefield Air Operations kit for his colleagues. We enjoy telling audiences around the Air Force how our pilots and aircrews work for our sergeants on the ground, and how the officers in the acquisition business are working for a sergeant as well. This speaks wonders of our Air Force culture.

And the work Alan and his team are doing is wonderful. He's well on his way to producing a kit that is 70 percent lighter, with leading-edge power sources, but one that will increase the combat capability of our controllers. The battle management system he is developing and testing will improve communications, reduce engagement times, and increase the survivability of our teams. And much of what he's developing is based on the good ideas from his peers -- airmen like him who have been in the line of fire, and understand what a combat controller needs to fight, survive, and win in combat. I'm also proud of how my former colleagues -- the top executives of the leading defense electronics firms in the U.S. -- have cooperated with Alan.

In addition to training and technology improvements, we must also continue to adapt our doctrine to ensure that the remarkable effects combat controllers produce are developed to their fullest potential. We must capitalize on your achievements in Afghanistan and Iraq -- accomplishments that remove any doubt about the tremendous value of special tactics teams and combat controllers.

You are helping us enhance the culture of the Air Force. We frequently tout the high number of expeditionary bases we opened in the region during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. What most people don't know is that combat controllers were the brave airmen who made this happen. In Iraq, combat controllers surveyed and opened 25 airfields and landing zones. In Afghanistan, the number was 21. Operationally, this was a key aspect of our effort to open a southern front against the Taliban. More significant, these efforts are accelerating our understanding of the challenges imposed on our airmen and our Air Force by a demanding expeditionary setting.

The success of our global mobility forces in theater is, in large part, due to our combat controllers as well. We frequently advertise the flexibility of our mobility forces and the innovation that produced new units such as our Contingency Response Groups -- part of the team that jumped into northern Iraq with the Army's 173d Airborne Brigade. But, what most people fail to realize is that combat controllers were on the ground for four days before the much publicized and historic combat jump, again reminding us that airmen on the ground can and do make major contributions to a combatant commander's objectives, separate and distinct from airmen in the air.

Of the over 70,000 sorties to date during OIF, more than 43,000 have been mobility sorties, many of them enabled by combat controllers finding places for airplanes -- and helicopters -- to land, or controlling those aircraft in the airspace over their landing zones and airfields.

The success of our operations in Western Iraq has largely gone untold also -- principally because of security concerns. What we can say though is this: this conflict was a coming-out party for Special Operations Forces. In Iraq -- and in Afghanistan -- they controlled large areas with limited forces: timely, accurate and relevant ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance); and the strength of rapid, precise airpower. They were a light, yet lethal mobile force, and were truly joint in how they operated.

For those of you familiar with the campaign in Iraq, you'll also note we didn't set up a Joint Special Operations Task Force that went out and did things on its own. Instead, special operators were integrated into the theater commanders' campaign plan as an independent, supported maneuver element. Strategic, operational and tactical objectives were linked to their operations -- and they performed brilliantly. I only wish we could tell more of their story. In time, I'm sure we will.

As we think about how to meet Secretary Rumsfeld's challenge to adapt our armed forces to make them more flexible and responsive to the world in which we find ourselves, we would be well suited in the Air Force to consider these examples, and to look to you -- the combat control professionals -- to capture those lessons you have already learned through 50 years of evolution and adaptation.

AFSOC has always been expeditionary in nature, and its airmen have always understood the importance of jointness. Combat controllers have exacting training standards -- with warriors training warriors -- and a culture that values empowerment but accepts nothing less than excellence from all of its practitioners. These are traits from which every airman in our service could benefit.

If there is one thing that General Jumper and I understand, it is that we cannot dictate transformation through edict or a budget. Rather, it is about changing the way people think, and taking old things and using them in new ways. We won't, nor should we, mass-produce special operations. But the rest of the Air Force can learn a lot about how to prepare for the threats of this era by adopting the mindset, adaptive training standards, and high expectations combat controllers have for those who wear the Scarlet Red Beret.

Finally, as we continue to evolve the Combat Control field to meet the demands of the next 50 years, we should be looking at even further adaptations. For example, it might be useful for you to develop further your advance air power operations in support of the Air Component Commander. What you currently do for the Joint Special Ops commander, you can and should do for the air boss as well, supporting his strike, reconnaissance, target identification and interdiction missions, as well as battle damage assessment. Your training, capabilities, and talent make you uniquely suited to conduct these types of operations -- and if they make our "awesome" striking power even more precise, timely, and effective, then we should not hesitate in moving out in fulfilling these objectives.


Ladies and gentlemen, as we celebrate this golden anniversary tonight, I ask you to remember that your colleagues are as busy now as they have been at any time in the history of your field. They likely will remain so for many years to come. As long as the grievous threat of terrorism to our way of life exists, we will need your service, your sacrifice, and your skill to defeat those who seek our destruction.

As I close tonight, I'm reminded of the words of Winston Churchill who rallied his nation in another era of discord and global anxiety. Speaking on the onset of World War II, he said:

"You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might, and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark ... catalogue of human history."

That was Britain's policy in the war against Nazism. It was the mindset that launched the first combat controllers into France in 1944. And it reflects our nation's policy as we continue our war on global terrorism today.

And just as Sir Winston inspired his people to fight with the might of his entire nation, so too must we -- if we are to prevail in this first world war of the 21st century.

For the past 50 years, combat controllers have answered their call to duty. And if the achievements of the past half-century are any indication, your successors will continue to do so for many generations to come, with the same dedication, determination, and esprit that are your hallmarks.

You have my deepest gratitude for your loyal and honorable service to this great nation. I wish you and your families the best in the years to come. Thank you and may God bless each of you and this America He gave to us.

Sad News: Ben Schemmer, co author of "No Room For Error" passed away in his sleep 10/11/03. Colonel John "Coach" Carney and Ben researched and wrote the most comprehensive book about CCT to date. Ben was first in line to write another book about CCT that the Air Force Historical Unit will fund. I never met Ben, but have certainly appreciated his efforts to highlight CCT and their heroic deeds. Ben will be missed, Rest In Peace!

Jim Hiser has been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing a very aggressive radiation & chemo combination. I wish I could tell you more, but I'll leave that to Jim. He would certainly like to hear from his old buddies.

Everett "Robbie" Robbins passed away on 26 Oct 2003 from an apparent heart attack. I received the following note from Gus Rhinehart. I understand Robbie's services and funeral were well attended, and he'll certainly be missed by many………….

From Gus Rhinehart; For those who knew Major Everett "Robbie" Robbins. Maj Robbie LM 011 passed away at his home in FWB Sunday night 26 Oct 03. There will be a visitation (1200-1400) and memorial service (1400) on Thursday, 30 Oct 03 at the McLaughin Mortuary, 17 SE Chestnut Ave, FWB. Phone number is 850-244-5163. Robbie will be laid to rest in Huntsville,Tn and there will a funeral service there at the Four Oaks Funeral Home, 2889 Baker Highway 63, Huntsville, Tn. That date and time is not firm due to the movement schedule. That telephone number is 423-663-4400. It is suggested that flowers be sent to the grave side location. Flower arrangements can be made through Andy's Flower Shop in Huntsville and their phone number is 423-286-8333. CMsgt Rick Crutchfield,"Ret" will be delivering the eulogy in FWB(excellent choice). For any changes or updates I would suggest contacting Lew Brabham at FWB. Our condolences go out to Tsai Chin and Family. Maj Robbie was a huge chunk of CCT history and will be truly missed. I knew him very well and could honestly say he was the enlisted mens "Leader and Teammate". God speed Robbie, my past experience with you will always bring smiles and define true friendship. RT out...........................

From Dave Pearson; I was privileged to know Robbie as a friend. He was one of the few Officers that you knew you would see in the field with a full ruck leading the way. No Hollywood jumper here. He was a mustang, he was enlisted before he won his bars and like most mustangs, that served him and his teammates well. We only crossed paths a few times during my service years but those times were memorable. Later, when it came time to pull together a new CCA reunion, Robbie was again in the lead; Pushing aside obstacles, politics and egos to get the job done and done right. I was thrilled to be part of that endeavor and learn first hand how he made things happen.

Robbie had a passion for sailing and one glorious Ft. Walton fall day, he joined me on my sailboat for a rail down, balls to the wall day on the water. It was a day I wrote about in my ships log and one that will be treasured always.

Perhaps the greatest comfort we can share is that we had the pleasure of his company one last time. When I had asked him whether Mary and I would see him at the Reunion, he said he might drop by. Lo and behold, he spent many hours there. He and my wife were the front door gate keepers at the banquet and as Mary tells it she flirted shamelessly with him. How could I mind, Robbie was the consummate gentleman. Like those of our brethren that we were closest to in life, if you quiet your thoughts, they are close at hand in death. We try not to chain them to our grief, but an occasional visit is always nice.

I fear that the coming year will bring further sad tidings as our number is lessened. I only hope that when we learn the sad news, it is not months or years later to where we missed the chance to pay timely condolences and see them off.

From Bob Bieber; Amen. May the good Lord bless each and every one of you. Most especially Robbie's family. I remember Robbie most for his dedicated effort as Logistics Support Team leader for Maj. Jerry Whitely at Pope AFB while we were filming the the promo movie "Combat Control in Action" ca. 1973. His "can do - will do" attitude was infectious in the post Vietnam period when mismanagement and mis-assignment of CCT had morale at the bottom.

I am now very appreciative that I was able to spend some time with him at the CCT 50th reunion. He will be missed and never forgotten.

In His grip, Bob Bieber.

From J.P. Lagerloef; Like so many of you I was very saddened to hear of the loss of Robbie. Had I known previously, I would have gone over to FWB for his services. If you have his widow's address please forward so I can drop her a note.

Robbie came to work with us at Pope in 1970, a not "wet behind the ears" 2Lt. He very quickly earned the respect of his teammates with that positive," I can do it attitude". He took pride in what he did but did it without the ego we experienced so often. His attitude was; "I don't take myself terribly serious, I am going to have some fun but I will get the job done in the process". His smile, his wit, that great personality will stay with all of us who knew him.

A funny story that he and I laughed about many times; About 72 the Pope CCT was involved in some kind of an Army Jump Fest at Ft Bragg. Yes, Robbie drank several beers prior to the jump and then had a longer than expected flight prior to his turn to exit. He came running up to me after landing and said, "You know JP, you just can't do that coming down under an open canopy but I did it anyhow!!" His jump suit was rather damp!!

We will miss you, Big Guy……………..JP Lagerloef

From Carl Casey; Mac, I'd like to pass on my memories of Robbie. One of the finest Combat Controllers I have ever worked with or around that was loved and liked by all his comrades. I spent a few years with him down at Hurbie, during his final career as a MAJ. What a great time with the likes of him, Crutchfield , Hooper, JD, Gus Rhinehart, Glenn Palmer, and to many other great young CCTer's to name. Maj Robbie was one of those rare people you could laugh at on occasions but you respected at all times on all decisions he made. He always gave it his all and really counted on his enlisted troops for support and leadership. I remember so many times how frustrated he would get when called upon the carpet by the ops group commander and hearing him coming back to the office mumbling and grumbling, but never blaming the team for anything that had gone wrong. He just sucked it up for the team and we all carried on. After his retirement he was still the great friend and was always there for the likes of myself when guidance was needed. The officers of his caliber are few and far removed from todays CCT. His memory will live on and forever in the mind of this old CCTER. Thanks Carl Casey......................................................

From Bob Kelly; I went to the Greatest Reunion with the mixed feelings of overwhelming joy of seeing Brothers I had not seen in many, many years and the dreadful thought that this might be the last time I would see some of these "Gallant Men". Sure enough both came true. I saw many, many of those Brothers. It was wonderful to see old Friends again. It was also great to meet new Brothers. Now, the news of the passing of a very special person, Major Robbie.

In my humble opinion, Robbie was the "Omar Bradley" of CCT, an Airman's Airman. Involved in everything, a total part of the team. I have a picture of four CCTer's in a MH-53. They are in the process of validating the team's SOP's for helo-casting a fully loaded Zodiac. The CCTers are: Joe Getzug, Mike Fremming, me and Robbie. I'm glad I have this picture. It reminds me that Robbie was a Great Leader, a Brother and a Friend. He will be missed! KY

From Donnie Mirabile; Hi Mac and Jill; The passing of Robbie Robbins brought me back to reality. I met him for the first time at the reunion. We shared a few words together while taking some air outside. I do remember thinking what a nice guy he was, and I am saddened by our loss.

In truth I've been meaning to write to you guys and express my deep appreciation once again for all you do for us. Please take comfort in that, because it's true. I was real happy to finally get to meet you and Jill and so many old and new friends. Charlie Jones is another man that I deeply admire. I continue to read his speech and am deeply affected by its meaning. I treasured meeting Benny Lee from the 1954 team. I bonded real well with a couple of young troopers; Rob Laraia, Chris Grove and his wife Elizabeth. I sent Rob a letter and a few items in the mail and just yesterday received a beautiful card from his wife informing me that he had just been deployed and could I please write to him. I surely will do that from here on out and I'm asking all you guys to please pray for Rob's safety and all the rest of our CCTer's in harms way across the world. So I guess my

way is going to be by staying close to all you guys and maybe giving a little help to the ones that have done so well replacing us. I liked meeting Larry Lower, Dave Pearson, Johnny Pantages and his son who was one of my favorite bartenders in the hospitality suite. Crutchfield and Norrad worked their butts off. Al Hooper and his wife were non stop workers. The Huddlestons were everywhere being helpful and also just real nice friendly people. I met Mike Brown and Floyd Miller, Bernie Ludlow. I want to sponsor

a contest between Buddy Bowden and Hal Dufilho to see who can talk the most and the fastest, non stop. Man I love you guys. Did Art Lawrence finally remember me, I don't know, but I'm sure his wife Ruby will never forget me… ha .. ha.. Happy anniversary you guys. Hello to Tom and Judy Laney….Judy Dufilho don't forget to hook me up with one of your babe girlfriends. Gene and Mary Kimball I had a blast with you guys. John Drozdowski and Sylvia….get a room….Max Goodman…..give me a job as president of one of your company's. Dave McCraken, Jim Hiser…...thanks for all the hugs….Emmet Heideman (DAD) I guess I turned out pretty good after all...Gus Philippou…..please get well, you're in my prayers. Sorry I can't mention everybody but I have to end this. Buddy Bowden called me the other night and we discussed the great reunion and especially the last night. It was 3:00 a.m. and we were the last two standing at the bar. You other 633 people were

safely in bed. Me and Buddy lived up to our motto for all of you guys.

FIRST IN - LAST OUT……………………… Donnie Mirabile

From Mac; It's obvious that Robbie was a hell of a guy and was loved by everyone. It's also obvious that many are thankful, as myself, to be able to visit with Robbie one last time while at the reunion. I thank the Combat Control Association for this opportunity and ask the CCA to consider even another responsibility; to notify its members of all CCT deaths.

Whose responsibility is it to notify us of a CCTer's death? I don't think anyone has a responsibility and this should be addressed. Is it the CCA's responsibility? I don't think so, but should it be? In my opinion, Yes, but that's only my opinion.

I used to joke about being the subject of one of Chuck Trimple's letters, but his letters were not a joking matter. Chuck did all the CCA Members a service informing us of a brother's death and giving details about the services. I'm not sure if Chuck's letters were a CCA responsibility or a personal quest, but the letters are missed.

My emotions are spilling over and this is only my opinion, but; I suggest that the CCA should have the responsibility of informing all members of a CCTer's death. In lieu of the CCA, I don't see a viable alternative. Chuck set a precedent and I'd like that precedent to continue.

It's also my opinion that Charlie Jones, our CCA Chaplain, should be in charge of the Death Notification Program (DNP) and that formal guidelines are set up in case of his absence.

I know the CCA has numerous responsibilities, but this is one responsibility that's needs to be defined and put in writing. As sad as this is to say, it's also another reason to belong to the CCA; Timely notification of a friend's passing and information about services.

Many CCTer's only know of a friends passing by reading the list posted at the CCA Website or by visiting the CCT Memorial Website made possible by Karen Downing, Jim Boyce, and Johnny Pantages. I think the CCA is working towards endorsing the CCT Memorial Website as the Official CCA Memorial Website and they would certainly compliment each other, but that's another story.

My wishes are that Larry Lower and our CCA Representatives consider my worries and take the appropriate solution. I also ask that you join the CCA and "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!" Please visit the CCA Website today and find the necessary forms.

Also, take some time to visit the CCT Memorial Website and please make a few comments in the GuestBook, you'll feel better!

I Love You Guys! Mac

From Dave Pearson; I second the call for CCA to shoulder the burden of death notification. No higher honor could be bestowed upon our Officers than to keep the memory of our fallen brothers from slipping quietly into the night. How many have passed on unnoticed? Chuck's mission to locate and welcome back to the fold has not been duplicated and that is sad. The staggering effort and personal sacrifice he and Pat put into the project are a shining tribute to their love of their fellow CCT brothers.

I fear that the coming year will bring further sad tidings as our number is lessened. I only hope that when we learn the sad news, it is not months or years later to where we missed the chance to pay timely condolences and see them off.

From Jim Aubele; I agree with what you say about the notification process. Chuck Trimple's letters were a real service. I hope the CCA picks it up.

From Nick Kiraly; I fully agree that Chuck and Pat Trimple (CCT Death / Illness) notification system is missed by all.

Note From Mac; Bottom Line, the Death Notification Program is a huge task and responsibility which will consume much time and emotion.  However there is a need for this program and my hopes that Charlie Jones would have the time for it are not realistic.  My feelings that the CCA should be responsible for the program have not changed, however they would certainly need some assistance.  This needs further research and hopefully Chuck Trimple can assist with the solution.  There's also Karen Downing and Jim Boyce that may be able to assist, but these are only thoughts.

I'm sure good at volunteering people and I'm way out of line, but as my friend Davey said; "I second the call for CCA to shoulder the burden of death notification. No higher honor could be bestowed upon our Officers than to keep the memory of our fallen brothers from slipping quietly into the night."

Did I just throw Davey under the bus?  I may not have any friends left, if I don't quit suggesting!  Obviously, this is no joking matter and deserves attention.   I wish I could say I could handle the responsibility, but I can't......sorry!  I have a cause, but not a solution; Can You Help?

From Randy Schlotman; Mac, The words below have been ringing in my head for quite some time. They were ringing loud this morning, so I took the time to stop and listen. I wrote them down and wanted to pass them on. I have always hated the word Goodbye. It's so final and I believe that nothing is final. One thing in our lives just leads to another. All things are just stepping stones building upon another creating a path or stairs. Our life is also a stepping stone for new things to come after we are done here. So I will never say Goodbye. I will always say, I will see you later. Truly I never thought that I would see my fellow brothers from CCT again in my life time. CCT and my brothers have been and always will be a part of my life. I am so thankful to have seen many of them again at the reunion. It was as if we were never apart.

I remember a saying the was on a plaque at scuba school in Key West. It read "That which does not kill you, only serves to make you stronger". I have kept these words close to heart ever since.

Have a great day. Love ya Mac and all my other brothers. Always and forever CCT


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


I have a spittoon that sits on the end of SgtMacsBar that contains a few CCTer's Business Cards and I'm always hoping to add new cards. After the Ride To The Wall Poker Run, Biker Extraordinaire Jim Howell and I were sharing a few beers and I asked if he had a business card. He said no and pulled out his CCA Reunion Card. I read the card and freaked out; James Howell #173.

OK, so what's the coincidence? Jim Howell is CCA Life Member #2 and I'm CCA Life Member #173………………………. Jim's reunion registration number is the same as my CCA number, so what's this mean?

Could I be Billy's brother? Of course I am, but we're not genetically connected. It was great being down in Florida and wonderful seeing all my buds, but it was very special going on the two bike runs. Thanks again, Steve Jones, for putting the runs together and making my visit just a little bit more exciting, I can't wait until next year……………..

I don't believe in coincidence, YOU make things happen and too many of us are aging and can't wait 25 years for the 75th, so we're going to make the best of what we have left.

Get Involved Today!

Steve Polofka, "I don't know anyone here, but I've never been surrounded by so many friends"

Steve made sure he knew everyone at the "Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever" and met each person five times to ensure he didn't miss anyone.

Frank Betty, "There are no ex-CCTer's"

Mac, "Signz The Damn GuestBook!"

No Excuses, Get Involved Today!

Are You A CCA Member?

Special Thanks to Larry Lower and the CCA for making the reunion so special


Special Thanks to Johnny Pantages for his endless work to "Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer" and hosting SgtMacsBar. Thank You Johnny!

This Meandering will be posted to SgtMacsBar for a few months to ensure it gets to as many CCT's as possible. If any information or list's need to be corrected or adjusted please let me know. There was so much going on, I may have overlooked some information or inadvertently left a name out. It's important to me, just let me know.

50 New SgtMacsBar Members

In honor of CCT's 50th Anniversary, I asked for 50 new CCA Life Members; You Delivered

Also in honor, I asked for 50 Kegs of Beer! You Delivered….Big Time!

Now I ask for 50 New SgtMacsBar Members and I need your help! Get your friends to SgtMacsBar and have them Signz The Damn GuestBook and ;

"Bring Us All A Little Bit Closer!"

I Love You Guys!

Lets Make That 51, I'm Shooting For Next Year!

The Biggest CCT Gathering, Ever!

For those of you that were unable to attend the reunion, I hope to see you next year and the following is a list of everyone you missed this year. It was "Great" Seeing All Of You!

Alicea, Edwin; Adams, William; Anderson, Michael; Copeland, Jason; Cradic, Daniel; Culbertson, Joseph; Fellure, Christopher; Klercker, Billy; Laraia, Robert; Laurin, Candance; Laurin, Don; Lewantowicz, Eric; Long, Stephen; Miller, Jake; OConnor, Robert; Orvosh, David; Remington, James; Rogers, Gabriel; Salvemini, Nathan; Schmitz, Joseph; Soulvie, Cathy; Spanovich, Steve; Stephanishen, Joseph; Stevens, Doug; Villegas, lsmael; Walker, Bradley; Zachary, Christopher; Bolinger, Ray; Bowser, Christopher; Bnzuela, Justin; Buenaflor, Ryan; Chandler, Jake; Crowe, Patrick; Davis, Cohn; Giardini, Michael; Hancock, Joshua; Hood, Donald; Hotaling, James; Hubbert, Benjamin; Hunt, Jared; Luttrell, Martinez, Miguel; Niederbrach, Nathan; Oldham; Pulaski, James; Robe, Scott; Rosenau; Seibal; Stevens, Michael; Thompson, Luke; Wright, David; Wylie, John; Reeves, Ethan; Bartley, Michael; Bartley, Robin; Hutton, Henry; Jeffers, Robert; Jennrich, Rodger; Johnson, James; Schaeffer, Denise; Folkerts, John; Hester, Paul; Hester, Lynda; Mowry, James, Mowry, Belinda; Welsh, Cathenne; Avalo, Alberto; Edwards, Joe; lhlan, James, Roll, George; Toth, Kirk; Whitehead, Wilton; Whitehead, Patricia; Driggers, Richard; Stanhope, Ryan; Calta, Michael; Morgan, Vernon; Morgan, Joyce; Murray, Smokie; Parsons, Jim; Sullivan, Ed; Speer, Jim; Speer, Brigitte; Williams, Dick; Williams, Jean; Kimball, Eugene; Kimball, Mary; Cocanour, Spencer; Schindler, Sam; Schindler, Katie; Schott, Ron; Schott, Carmen; Loudermilk, Brian; Loscalzo, Anthony; Lowman, Jake; Lowman, Carole; Fink, Dustin; Hughes, James P.; Hughes, Alexis; Lee, Benny J.; Covington, William H.; Lutgens, Lynn; Getzug, Joel; Getzug, Susan; Baker, Fred; Bethea, Robert; Crate, Casey; Fresques, Jeremy; Gaines, Ben; Harvell, Sean; Jacobs, Case; Klonk, Thomas; Malson, Adam; McGill, Mark; NH, Gerald; Self, Jason; Servais, Adam; Brown, Ron; Clancy, Charles; Galjour, Remy; Hams, Gene; Lubben, Richard; Schuldheiss, Jeff; Seivel, Nick; West, Mike; Sulak, David; Sulak, Sheila; Hall, Dave; Hall, Sandy; Simmons, Vernon; Brown, Michael; Grosso, Sylvia; Zapata, Robert; Argel, Derek; Wild, Wendy; Allen, April; Roberts, Duane; White, Bill; Traxler, John; Traxler, Erica; Fahey, David; McDonald, Edward; McDonald, Minerva; Bell, Robin; Dryer, Jason P.; Shands, John; Gleason, David; Gleason, Sara; Miller, Steve A.; Miller, Donna; Callahan, Mike; Callahan, Mieko; Montoute, Asshur; Sciortino, Michael; Sciortino, Lisa; Grove, Christopher; Grove, Elizabeth; Blodzinski, Jason; Blodzinski, Ann; Rivera, Daniel; Duran, Sabrina; Fares, Kerstin; Chadwick, Renate; Dahlstrom, Eaura; Johnson, Roni; Knuth, Dennis; Knuth, Denise; Binnicker, Jim; Binnicker, Jan; Cassidy, Duane H; Cassidy, Rosalie; Roche, James G.; Roche, Diane; West, Kuma; Chapman, Valerie; Fetzer, Becky; Palmer, Kelly; Sather, Melanie; Jones, Sugie; Boyle, Lola; Smith, Jean H.; Manley, Casey; Henry, Julietta; Henry, John; Maitland, Doris; Maitland, David; Brown, Nancy; Huddleston, Ursula; McReynolds, Jill; Booth, Charlotte; McElvian, Jim; Howell, James; Schneider, Margaret; Taylor, Pete; Sundlie, Allan; Sundlie, Jean; Sigman, Dick; Sigman, Betty; Speakman, Jack; Robbins, Everett; Graham, Bob; Graham, Ann; Betty, Frank; Spivey, June; Hemenway, Dy; McCann, Tim; Booth, Bob; McConnell, Jack; Swigart, Gerald; Vetscher, Bill; Vetscher, Marcea; Brabham, Lewis 0.; Brabham, Mickey; Hall, Casey; Adcock, Gene; Adcock, Sylvia; Linde, Joan; McCarthy, Steve; Heidemann, Emmet; Crutchfield, Rick; Crutchfield, Julie; Stanford, Jim; Stanford, Helen; Bowden, Buddy; Gates, Adam; Jewell, Mark; Peter, Holt; Barbara, Holt; Lower, Larry; May, Beverly, Huddleston, Alvin; Hooper, Allen; Hooper, Rose; Shaw, Melissa; Eubanks, Rich; Eubanks, Carol; Coonan, Daniel; Elizondo, Rudy; Elizondo, Maxine; Gabriel, Bob; Gabriel, Sue; Urenda, Cesar; Urenda, Kay; Burch, James D.; Burch, Rita; Flowers, Walt; Flowers, Janet; Klair, Roger; Klair, Dorothy; Gonzalez, Bud; Steinbeck, Michael 0.; Rapp, Charlie; Williams, T.C.; Broaden, Robert; Broaden, Anna; Gallagher, Mike; Johnson, Joni; Norrad, Wayne; Norrad, Tracy; Gardner, Wayne; Gardner, Bonnie; Wachs, Joe; Wachs, Nancy; Locke, Ron; Locke, Judi; Wilson, Whip; Breeden, Michael; Laperriere, Joe; Koren, John; Rhinehart, Gus; Rhinehart, Claudia; Scott, Steve; Snyder, Mike; Brown, Tim; Glowacki, John; Glowacki, Kimberly; Fish, Robert; Wilson, David; Wilson, Cora; Howard, Clyde; McCarthy, Charlie; Orr, Joe; Benini, Bull; Phillips, Steve; Genes, Nick; Allen, Tom; Allen, Glenda; Smith, Pete; Smith, Retta; Buck, John; Jones, Steve; Jones, Terri; Holmes, Robert; Holmes, Colleen; Coulter, Rob; Coulter, Anne; Childress, Ron; Childress, Ann; Benjamin, Ray; Palmer, Glenn; May, Lew; May, Debbie; May, Marty; May, Angela; May, Lee; Bieber, Bob; Thompson, John; Thompson, Chantana; Holcomb, David; Rogers, Donald; Rogers, Becky; Lisk, Mike; McReynolds, Mike; Smith, David; Smith, Rebecca; Lampe, Michael; Lampe, Theresa; Hammond, Don; Hammond, Leah; Citro, William; Citro, Lynda; Howell, Billy; Fuller, Kevin; Pearson, Davey; Pearson, Mary; Heath, Ray; Slayton, Billie; Slayton, Greg; Seebeck, Randy; Seebeck, Marilyn; McCleary, Steve; McCleary, Helen; Weller, Robert; Weller, Margaret; Howard, Eddie; Decker, Bart; Decker, Judy; Dickey III, Ody; Wright, Mickey; Wright, Ginger; Reulbach, Wal; Arnold, Skip; Arnold, Betty; Moulton, Patrick; Moulton, Diane; Freedman, Mort; Freedman, Nita; Caffall, Chris; Gentry, Paul; Carrier, Debbie; McMullen, Jack; Brown, Robert; Brown, Lois; Brown, Scott; Chambers, Shirley; Eddington, John; Eddington, Sandra; Neumann, Robert; Neumann, Helen; Jones, Charlie; Antle, Bob; Antle, Casey; Ghormley, Red; Bevan, Thomas; Bevan, Flora; Morris, Moose; Caldwell, Jerry; Caldwell, Jean; Donaldson, Jim; Del Santo, Carolyn; Lantrip, Gary; Lantrip, De; Stratton, Marc; Stratton, Zonnel; Vassar, Rick; Hale, Clint; Lyons, Jim; Freeman, Phillip; Deaver, Danny; Venturella, Paul; Moffett, Jim; Moffett, Pam; Lebold, Darlene; Lebold, John; Lebold, Amanda; Lebold, John_Jr.; Lebold, Crystal; Samdal, Gary; Fuentes, Jose; Kramer, Mark; Kramer, Brenda; Egan, Patrick; Egan, Evangeline; Moss, Ronnie; Moss, Bernadita; Marc, Henry; Phillips, Douglas; Phillips, Debbie; Hasler, Frank; Buckmelter, Jeff; Laney, Tom; Laney, Judy; Chappell, Bob; Chappell, Don; Busch, Rick; Coffey, Bill; Coffey, Betty; Wilkinson, Jeff; Wilkinson, Keila; Daily, Daniel; Goodman, Max; Philippou, Gus; Philippou, Sunee; Neilsen, Eric; Neilsen, Carmen; EIko, Patrick; King, Jack; Evans, Ron; Evans, Jodi; Heller, Adam; Rodriquez, Juan; Nevarez, David; Rankin, Bob; Roberts, Carl; Kiraly, Nick; Kiraly, Charlene; Lagerloef, J.P.; Dufilho, Hal; Dufilho, Judy; Brock, Gary; Brock, Jaynee; Randolph, Clint; Randolph, Sarah; Healy, Mary Ellen; Shervey, Ernie; Shervey, Colleen; Williams, Steve; Williams, Shirley; Borbee, Steve; Crosby, Janette; Vohs, John; DAnunzio, Tim; D'Anunzio, Colleen; Hill, Jayna; McLain, Mike; Pantages, John; Pantages, Tammi; Pantages, Moka; Pantages, Jay; Gardner, John; Gardner, Bobbie; Duell, Dave; Pursley, Roger; Swisher, Bob; Swisher, Brenda; Blowers, Bob; Blowers, Kathy; Vredenburgh, Ian; Fox, Roy; Fox, Annette; Rith, Craig; Rith, Beverly; Rosa, Jonathan; Rosa, Lisa; Hall, Willie; Hall, Brenda; Gary, Jim; Gary, Peggy; Edwards, Keith; Edwards, Betty; Neris, Carlos; Hitchcock, Geoff; Hitchcock, Darcie; Erickson, John D.; Erickson, Traci; McCracken, Dave; Thiel, Doug; Eklof, John; Oliphant, Tom; Whitley, Jerry; Charvat, Jim; Charvat, Michael; Charvat, Paula; Obrien, Bill; Obrien, Debbie; Crutchfield, Chris; Diaz, Ray; Winters, Bill; Winters, Questa; Tully, Gordy; Ludlow, Bernard; Snyder, Duke; Snyder, May; Hiser, Jim; Abee, Charlie; Abee, Ruth; Reikofski, Dave; Reikofski, Katie; Brown, Drummond J.; Brown, Marilyn; Nelson, Brett; Nelson, Julie; Jordan, Roy; Quigley, Richard; Hall, Leslie; Hall, Don; Martinez, Marty; Martinez, Jana; Kelly, Bob; Kelly, Nancy; Weger, Steve; Weger, Micki; Stenger, Ron; Markham, Calvin; Markham, Nelly; Huhman, Kenneth; Huhrnan, Carol; Fitzgerald, Bill; Fitzgerald, Joyce; Packard, Dan; Kimme, Doug; McGregor, Mike; Pound, Ed; Cook, Jim; Cook, Ginny; Smith, Floyd; Mirabile, Donnie; Klauser, Joe; Bartlett, Bob; Horton, Donald; Klocker, Hans; Cannon, LeAnn; Grisham, Jimmy; LaFleur, Dale; Marshall, Jerry; Rice, Gerald; Rice, Diane; Kosh, Ron; Kosh, Joanne; Hill, Robert; Hill, Cher; Mondrowski, Phil; Mondrowski, Erin; McCabe, Richard; McCabe, Mary Ann; Welniak, Doug; Welniak, Judy; Sturtz, Larry; Roberts, Pete; Roberts, Kirsten; Gross, Joe; Green, Jerry; Green, Kelli; Connell, Richard; Thompson, Brad; McGarry, John; Drozdowski, John; Drozdowski, Sylvia; Morgan, Dale; Morgan Jonnie; Gallman, W.R.; Hall, Brian; Flexer, Roger; Flexer, Lena; Flatten, Michael; Brown, Gabriel; Brown, Gloria; Wulff, Fred; Wulff, Tracee; Hataway, Greg; Hataway, Cindy; Hosey, Art; Hepler, Joseph, Bricker, Ray; Bricker, Sharon; Mason, Charlie; Tracy; Lawrence, Art; Lawrence, Ruby; Riley, Lisa; Schlotman, Randy; Haselden, Keith; Polofka, Stephen; Polofka, Lynne; Hall, Patrick; Savage, Russell; Savage, Cydnee; Freeman, Charles; DeLaune, Daniel; Delaune, Betsy; Pendergrass, Rod; Wilson, H.C.; Sheldon, Eric; Sheldon, Kacy; Sheldon, Dylan; Sutton, Sunny; Sutton, Jean; Brandt, Joe; and Ray, Eric

"First There"

'That Others May Live'

See You At Next's Years Reunion And I'll Be "First There!"