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SGT Ronald Dewey, a combat controller in the control tower, clears an aircraft for landing during Exercise Jack Frost '76

SGT Ronald Dewey, a combat controller in the control tower, clears an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: JACK FROST '76 Base: Fort Greely State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Charl... more

A combat controller directs incoming aircraft with a field radio during Exercise CROWN DRAGONFLY

A combat controller directs incoming aircraft with a field radio durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CROWN DRAGONFLY Base: San Lorenzo Country: Honduras (HND) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Kendrick Thomas Release Status: Releas... more

A combat controller prepares to measure the drop-to-target distance of a pallet during the airdrop competition of the ninth international airlift competition Airlift Rodeo'87

A combat controller prepares to measure the drop-to-target distance of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pope Air Force Base State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Nancy Smelser Release Status: ... more

AIRMAN 1ST Class Michael A. Warner, combat controller, 1722nd Combat Control Squadron, guards the area with a GAU-5A automatic rifle as other team members use a balloon to check wind speed in preparation for an airdrop during a joint Army/U.S. Air Force R

AIRMAN 1ST Class Michael A. Warner, combat controller, 1722nd Combat C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Bullis State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status: Released to P... more

AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Michael Warner, a combat controller from the 1722nd Combat Control Squadron, drives an all-terrain vehicle down a trail during a joint Army Reserve/Air Force Reserve medical exercise

AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Michael Warner, a combat controller from the 17...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: National Guard Camp Bullis State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: R... more

AIRMAN 1ST Class Michael Warner, a combat controller from the 1722nd Combat Control Squadron, drives an all-terrain vehicle down a trail during a joint Army Reserve/Air Force Reserve medical exercise

AIRMAN 1ST Class Michael Warner, a combat controller from the 1722nd C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: National Guard Camp Bullis State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Scott Stewart Release Sta... more

A1C Alex Johns, a combat controller of the 1721st Combat Control Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, gives a thumbs-up signal to his teammate during the drop zone establishment phase of Airlift Rodeo '90. Airlift Rodeo is an annual airdrop competition that tests the flight and ground skills of Military Airlift Command aircrews as well as foreign teams.

A1C Alex Johns, a combat controller of the 1721st Combat Control Squad...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RODEO '90 Base: Pope Air Force Base State: North Carolina(NC) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: ... more

A Military Airlift Command (MAC) controller ignites a smoke grenade at a drop zone during AIRLIFT RODEO '90. Once the grenade is ignited, the combat controller establishes communications with incoming aircraft. AIRLIFT RODEO is an annual airdrop competition that tests the flight and ground skills of Military Airlift Command aircrews as well as foreign teams.

A Military Airlift Command (MAC) controller ignites a smoke grenade at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: AIRLIFT RODEO '90 Base: Fort Bragg State: North Carolina(NC) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: S... more

SSGT R. Hopfauf, a combat controller of the 1722nd Combat Control Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, removes his parachute after landing during the drop zone establishment phase of Airlift Rodeo '90. Airlift Rodeo is an annual airdrop competition that tests the flight and ground skills of Military Airlift Command aircrews as well as foreign teams.

SSGT R. Hopfauf, a combat controller of the 1722nd Combat Control Squa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RODEO '90 Base: Pope Air Force Base State: North Carolina(NC) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: ... more

SENIOR AIRMAN Shaun M. Rice, a Combat Controller with the 624th Combat Control Squadron, Pope AFB, NC, relaxes in the control tower after an airfield survey

SENIOR AIRMAN Shaun M. Rice, a Combat Controller with the 624th Combat...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RESTORE HOPE Base: Bale Dogle Country: Somalia (SOM) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. H. H. Deffner Release Status: Release... more

TECH. SGT. Bob Van Assen, a Combat Controller assigned to the 123rd Combat Control Team (CCT), Kentucky Air National Guard, reads a book after a hard day's work in the control tower. The CCT provides air traffic control for Army, Marine and Canadian air assets assigned to BaleDogle

TECH. SGT. Bob Van Assen, a Combat Controller assigned to the 123rd Co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RESTORE HOPE Base: Bale Dogle Country: Somalia (SOM) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. H. H. Deffner Release Status: Release... more

Sergeant (SGT) Dennis L. Walters operates an AN/PRC-74 radio set during a training exercise. SGT Walter is a combat controller with the 63rd Combat Control Mobility Branch

Sergeant (SGT) Dennis L. Walters operates an AN/PRC-74 radio set durin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Combat Controller from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas looks for the drop zone from the ramp of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The exercise is combined training between Egyptian and United States Forces in joint planning and operations. It also was organized to continue building military-to-military relationships which support regional security

A Combat Controller from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Little Roc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRON COBRA Base: Inshas Air Base Country: Egypt (EGY) Scene Camera Operator: SENIOR AIRMAN Sean Worrell Release Status: Rele... more

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1998 Title: "No Wimps Allowed" Category: Feature Place: Honorable Mention Feature/Second Place Portfolio and the National Press Photographers Association Award. Aching arms and legs don't deter these USAF recruits from spending hours learning swimming techniques. They are training to be a part of one of the most elite specialties in the military - Combat Controller and Pararescue forces. Before completing the course, trainees must meet final requirements, which include a 6-mile run in 42.3 minutes, a 4,000-meter swim with fins in 80 minutes, and 75 push-ups, 80 sit-ups, 13 pull-ups, 14 chin-ups and 85 flutter kicks in two minutes each. And all of...

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1998 Title: "No Wimps Allowed...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1998 Title: "No Wimps Allowed" Category: Feature Place: Honorable Mention Feature/Seco... more

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tyson Wentz, Combat Controller, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron (STS), McChord Air Force Base (AFB), Washington (WA), sets off green smoke grenades on the designated heavy drop zone (DZ) target to assist the various Rodeo 98 airlift teams in determining wind direction over the Containerized Delivery System (CDS) palletized cargo load target during the cargo on-target competition portion of the USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) sponsored Rodeo 98 airlift competition at McChord AFB, WA

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tyson Wentz, Combat Controller...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcchord Air Force Base State: Washington (WA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Cary Humphries, USAF Release S... more

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tyson Wentz, Combat Controller, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron (STS), McChord Air Force Base (AFB), Washington (WA), sets off green smoke grenades on the designated heavy drop zone (DZ) target to assist the various Rodeo 98 airlift teams in determining wind direction over the Containerized Delivery System (CDS) palletized cargo load target during the cargo on-target competition portion of the USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) sponsored Rodeo 98 airlift competition at McChord AFB, WA

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tyson Wentz, Combat Controller...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcchord Air Force Base State: Washington (WA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Cary Humphries, USAF Release S... more

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Superman School" CATEGORY: Picture Story PLACE: Honorable Mention Picture Story CAPTION INFORMATION: Air Force students go through one of the toughest schools on the planet in hopes of becoming an Air Force pararescueman or combat controller at the Army's Special Operations Underwater School in Key West, FL. IMAGE FILE #DD-SP-01-0029

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Superman School"...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: MSGT David S. Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Jeremy Hardy (right), a pararescueman, US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Ron Ellis (left) and US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Andy Kubik (center), a combat controller, members of a rescue team, pose in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Florida. This image is from the February 2000 AIRMAN Magazine article "To the Rescue"

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Jeremy Hardy (right), a pararescueman, US ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hurlburt Field State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Ken Wright, USAF Release Status: Released... more

Left side rear view medium shot as US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Martha Horner, a Weather Forecaster with the 352nd Operational Support Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, MASTER Sergeant Donald "DJ" Cantwell (Center), a Combat Controller with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall, and Captain Dave Blades (Right), an MH-53M Pave Low IV Helicopter Pilot, all do their part as members of the A-3 Plans and Planning team for Air Force Special Operations Command cell. Their team is deployed to Air Force Base Hoed Spruit, South Africa in support of Operation Atlas Response

Left side rear view medium shot as US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Martha ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ATLAS RESPONSE Base: Hoedspruit Air Force Base State: Northern Province Country: South Africa (ZAF) Scene Camera Operator: S... more

Combat controller, US Air Force Captain Wallpert of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, gears up for a jump master inspection before boarding an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft (not shown) for a jump during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Combat controller, US Air Force Captain Wallpert of the 22nd Special T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN EDGE 2001 Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Bruno, USAF Release Status: Released to... more

Combat controller, US Air Force Captain Wallpert from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, gears up for a jump master inspection before boarding an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft (not shown) for a jump involving a snowmobile insertion during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Combat controller, US Air Force Captain Wallpert from the 22nd Special...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NORTHERN EDGE 2001 Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Bruno, USAF Release Status: Released to... more

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Kristopher Lankert, Combat Controller, 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS), sits aboard a rigid hull inflatable raft and uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to directs rescue crews to the drop location during a training mission conducted with the 21st Special Operations Squadron (SOS), located at Royal Air Force (RAF) Mildenhall, United Kingdom (UK). The units are part of the 352nd Special Operations Group (SOG), the air component for special operations within the European Command Area of Responsibility (AOR)

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Kristopher Lankert, Combat C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United Kingdom (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Meghan E. Geis, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photo... more

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Michael Paulson (right), Combat Controller, 320th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan, briefs Philippine Air Force (PAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Joseph Delacruz on exercise procedures during a joint training session during BALANCE PISTON 03-5. The joint exercise is designed to improve the interoperability and tactical proficiency of the armed forces of the US and Philippines

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Michael Paulson (right), Com...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BALANCE PISTON 03-5 Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Val Gempis, USA... more

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Michael Paulson (right), Combat Controller, 320th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan, together with members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) heads toward their aircraft for a joint parachute training during exercise BALANCE PISTON 03-5. The joint exercise is designed to improve the interoperability and tactical proficiency of the armed forces of the US and Philippines

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Michael Paulson (right), Com...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Val Gempis, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

This is the official unveiling of the Memorial Exhibit honoring US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) John A. Chapman, Combat Controller, 24th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), inside the Enlisted Heritage Hall (BLDG 1210), Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama (AL). The dignitaries participating in the unveiling are (left to right): Mrs. Valerie Chapman, TSGT Chapmans wife; Madison Chapman, his daughter; Mrs. Terry Giaccone; his mother; and Mr. Ron Brown, Air Force Historian at Pope AFB, North Carolina (NC). TSGT Chapman was killed in the eastern highlands of Afghanistan while rescuing US Navy (USN) SEAL (Sea-Air-Land) Neil Roberts on March 4, 2002. TSGT Chapman was...

This is the official unveiling of the Memorial Exhibit honoring US Air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: This is the official unveiling of the Memorial Exhibit honoring US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) John A. Chapman, C... more

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Nick Seibel (left), Combat Controller (CCT), 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS), RAF (Royal Air Force) Mildenhall, United Kingdom (UK), Jumpmaster for the day, offloads jumpers from a USAF C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, to the 'Iron Mike' drop zone (DZ) during a jump into St Mere Eglise, Normandy, France (FRA), during the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Nick Seibel (left), Combat Con...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mildenhall State: Suffolk Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Franklin J. Perkins, USAF Release Status: Released t... more

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Nick Seibel, Combat Controller (CCT), 321st Special Tactics Squadron (STS), RAF (Royal Air Force) Mildenhall, United Kingdom (UK), Jumpmaster for the day, searches for the 'Iron Mike' drop zone (DZ) in preparation for a jump into St Mere Eglise, Normandy, France (FRA), during the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Nick Seibel, Combat Controller...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mildenhall State: Suffolk Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Franklin J. Perkins, USAF Release Status: Released t... more

U.S. Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Payne, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, combat controller, serves as Air Traffic Control as an MC-130H Combat Talon II Special Operations Forces transport aircraft Talon II, lands at Hurlburt Field, Fla., on Sept. 17, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Kimberly Gilligan) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Payne, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, com...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hurlburt Field State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Kimberly Gilligan, USAF Release Status: Re... more

U.S. Air Force 1ST LT. Argel, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, combat controller, serves as Air Traffic Control as an MC-130H Combat Talon II Special Operations Forces transport aircraft Talon II, takes off from Hurlburt Field, Fla., on Sept. 17, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Kimberly Gilligan) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force 1ST LT. Argel, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, combat co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hurlburt Field State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Kimberly Gilligan, USAF Release Status: Re... more

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