I put these thoughts out for all SgtMacsBar Members
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
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)
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
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
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,
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;
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 Polofka with his ever full Combat Control Mug and the Quigley
Okay, it's either the alcohol or my diminishing memory, but they sure
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,
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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
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
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
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;
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
Larry Lower, Jack McMullen, & Al Hooper; "The Head
SgtMacsBar is always good for a Keg!
Skip Arnold and Tim McCann
Charlie Mason Is In For Two Kegs!
WinTec, Johnny Pantages; President
Peter D. Holt and Tom Allen
Al & Ursula Huddleston
Tim & Nancy Brown
Larry "Moose" Morris & Richmond "Smokey" Murray
Wayne & Tracy Norrad
Dave & Mary Pearson, In Honor Of Our Absent Comrades
John & Judy Karr
Dink Dalton & Mike Massengale
AFSOC CCT Chiefs
Pat & Sandy Pihana
General Bob Holmes
MSgt Select Markham & TSgt Select Schindler
Greg Hataway, Dave Hall, and Bob Swisher
Les Hall & Members of the 1st McChord Team, 1961-1966
Anonymous, In Honor of Those Past
The following names got under SgtMacsBar's radar
and were not posted previously.
Bernard Ludlow Is In For Two kegs!
The following names donated late and have not been
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
Send all donations to the CCA; Combat Control Association, P.O. Box 432,
Mary Esther, FL 32569. Visit the CCA Website at
for information about Combat Control and how to join the CCA
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
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
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……………….
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
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.
Pictured; Larry Lower, Dan Coonan, Johnny Pantages, and John "Coach"
Special Operations Warrior
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. .
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.
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:
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;
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
"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
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
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.
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
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
Seven Day Caribbean CCT Boondoggle!
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
Rex & Zandra Wollmann
Dave & Mary Pearson
Floyd Smith & Guest
Doug & Judy Welniak
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?
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
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
Crappie bigger than those BAIT fish. I have PICTURES of me with LUNKERS,
but MAC won't SHOW YOU!
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
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
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?
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 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
Reunite Us All With Your Lost Buddy!
"Bringing Us All A Little Bit Closer"
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
Again, this short segment will air again on the 18th. Don't miss it this
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
And Yet Another Letter! Pat Hall Writes;
May Grace, Peace and Love be to you and yours.
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
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
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
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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Dr. James G. Roche, secretary of the Air
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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!"
Are You A CCA Member?
Special Thanks to Larry Lower and the CCA for making the reunion
Special Thanks to Johnny Pantages for his endless work to "Bring
Us All A Little Bit Closer" and hosting SgtMacsBar. Thank You
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.
In honor of CCT's 50th Anniversary, I asked for 50 new CCA Life Members;
Also in honor, I asked for 50 Kegs of Beer! You Delivered….Big
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
I Love You Guys!
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