KENTUKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD, 123rd SPECIAL TACTICS SQUADRON, LOUISVILLE, KY. - MAY 2, 2022 - One of the Air Force’s most specialized warriors is the Combat Controller (CCT) Specialist, a one-person attachment to other Special Forces Units, whose job is to establish air traffic control in remote, often hostile environments.
Part of the Air Force’s Special Warfare Program, these CCT’s are FAA certified Air Traffic Controllers who accompany special operators on dangerous missions to establish control of the skies in a battle zone. Each CCT must be a jack of all trades, able to parachute, scuba dive and even snowmobile their way to desolate locations to quickly establishing air traffic control to support highly dangerous special operations missions.
To become a CCT, candidates must first pass the 8-week Basic Airmen Training followed by another 8 weeks of grueling training at the Special Warfare Preparatory Course. Once qualified, CCT’s perform solo missions accompanying other “high speed” operators on missions around the world.
In this photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear, a Combat Controller with the Kentucky Air National Guard, 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, jumps from a C130-J Super Hercules aircraft.
~~ SSG Jim (rt’d), of Your SOT Team