Pope AFB, NC
Combat Controllers are trained Special Operations Forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers. Their mission is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance, and special reconnaissance.


 

A Long Day
342 Training Squadron, USAF Combat Control School
Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC

After a 20 mile hike, through the trackless woods of North Carolina, with 80 lbs of battle gear, the soldiers had a brief respite before the next leg of the journey. This young man’s exhausted countenance tells the story of the intensity of the training.
Courtesy of the Collection of USAF, United States Pentagon
Founder’s Award, American Society of Aviation Artists


 

Red Gearing Up
342 Training Squadron, USAF Combat Control School
Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC
A Special Ops paratrooper prepares for the jump.
One of an elite group of men, ranging in all ranks, who volunteer to serve in the “First There” (their motto) Combat Control Unit. These elite forces drop behind enemy lines, set up a control operating locations from which they coordinate air strikes, determine the ground conditions in establishing landing zones, take offs, and troop movements.
Award of Merit, American Society of Aviation Artists


Incoming
342 Training Squadron, USAF Combat Control School
Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC
A Special Ops paratrooper commandant watches over his squadron as they prepare to jump.
Boeing Spirit of Flight Award, 2017


(Coming Soon)
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