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Advanced Combat Controller Training

Advanced Combat Controller Training

This blog focuses on a Senior Airman that has done something out of the box. Senior Airman David Salinitri, a public affairs specialist for the Air Force Special Operations Command, has taken the challenge to go through combat controller training for documentation. He is wearing a helmet cam to show the world firsthand what it takes to be a combat controller.

“I can bench press near 250lbs, but when it came to having to maneuver my way through this rope course, the course definitely had its way with me.”

Airman Salinitri walks us through his experiences and how he performs while training. He is required to go through courses like rope climbing, water confidence, buddy breathing, etc. As I perused his videos and images, I felt the pain our Airmen endure to defend our nation. It makes me want to be there and not be there at the same time. Combat Controllers are much respected Airmen with a huge sense of pride, and if I was in their shoes I would feel the same way. Interested in learning more? Take a deep breath, and prepare for a blog that falls just short of coating you in sweat. Yeah, it’s that intense. Check it out.

PHOTO: Combat Control students from the Special Tactics Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., assemble their gear during water confidence training, Sept. 9, 2010 here.

Memorial Day ceremony at Air Force Memorial

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy and Airmen from around the DC area celebrated Memorial Day with a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington. Below are photos taken by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Sarracino.

U.S. Air Force bugler Master Sgt. Ken Oedemann, left, plays taps while Air Force Honor Guard member, Staff Sgt. Matthew Massoth salutes at a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Monday.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Roy, center, salutes a wreath during the Memorial Day ceremony held at the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Monday. Chief Roy is flanked by Dan Derrow of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association and Jim Lauducci of the Air Force Association.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Roy addresses a crowd during a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Monday. Chief Roy is flanked by Dan Derrow of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association and Jim Lauducci of the Air Force Association.

Dispatch from Ali Base, 15 May 2009

Here is this week’s dispatch from Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff,  who sends us more news of life and events at Ali Base, Iraq.

While all Ali Base Airmen work hard every day achieving excellence, one group strives even harder. They are Airmen of the base honor guard.  “Our mission is to render military honors to members of the 407th Air Expeditionary Group,” said Staff Sgt. Davis F. McClain II, 407th Air Expeditionary Group Honor Guard NCOIC.

Sergeant McClain said the group is a close-knit group, something the head trainer agrees with.

“I’ve had people join the team who’ve had trouble at their work centers, and their supervisors didn’t think they would cut it in the honor guard,” said Staff Sgt. Lindsey Bumgardner, honor guard head trainer (photo above). “We accepted them on the team, and we pushed them to their limits. We mentored them, and they’ve done a complete turn-around in their attitude. That’s the satisfaction I get from being a part of the team, knowing I helped change someone possibly for the rest of their life.”  (Story here)

When he’s not serving as the 407th Air Expeditionary Group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Delebreau (photo left) participated in the Ali Base Top 3 Immersion Program. He spent time in the 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management Flight. “It is something I wanted to do for years.  Spend some quality time with the enlisted in their work area and work hand and hand with them to get a better appreciation for the work they do,” Chief Delebreau said.

“I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and working up a sweat with the vehicle personnel.  This Immerse program is a great chance for us to experience the hard work of other career fields and get a better understanding of the processes from start to finish,” the chief said. “Every career field brings something to the fight and this program helps promote just that and the fact that we have amazing Airmen doing outstanding things.”

It hasn’t been all work for Ali Airmen this past week.  Base firefighters and security force personnel met for a hard-fought volleyball championship game May 11 (photos here). The firefighters proved to have a hotter game by winning 15-12.

Dispatch from Ali Base, Iraq

Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff sends us more news of life and events at Ali Base, Iraq.

A couple of weeks ago, Lt. Gen. Gary North, 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central commander, and Tuskegee Airmen visited Ali Base. While here, the general gave many Airmen here his coin for their hard work. One Airman to receive a coin was Airman 1st Class Kirk Peiffer, a firefighter for the 407th Air Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department. The general coined him for painting a mural with the 407th Air Expeditionary Group’s mission statement near the base flagpole.

“I was very surprised,” Airman Peiffer said. “It was my very first coin.” General North was also the first general officer Peiffer had ever met.

Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Delebreau praised the Elysburg, Penn., native. “Airman Peiffer is a very mature individual who has a lot of respect for his leadership and the project he was put in charge of to complete,” Chief Delebreau said. “He is someone many of us in the military can learn from to the keep traditions and customs alive.” (Story and photo here)

Though Ali Base Airmen work hard, they also have time to take advantage of an Immersion Program sponsored by the Top 3 Council. The program allows all Airmen to spend time with Airmen in another career field to get a better understanding of their job. The program is particularly helpful for Airmen considering cross training.

“I think the program does justice with helping people who are thinking about cross training into a particular field know what they’re getting into before they sign up,” said Staff Sgt. Cheryl Birch said. The 407th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron NCO is thinking about cross training into broadcasting.

The program also gives Airmen an idea of what fellow Airmen do at their jobs and learn valuable skills. “I immersed with vehicle maintenance and learned how to plug a tire,” said Master Sgt. Sherry Thomas, 407th Expeditionary Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight NCOIC and Immersion Program manager. “I got to see what the vehicle mechanics do on a daily basis and was glad I did. They were great over there.” (Story here)

When Sergeant Thomas isn’t busy running the Immersion Program, she’s doing her primary job which is bioenvironmental engineer technician. Part of her job is going to the base bathroom facilities and checking pH, chlorine and bacteriological contaminants to ensure the safety of deployed Airmen. (Photos here)

Eliminating barriers to service

Have you ever experienced a policy or legislative problem in your career?
Have you worked with your chain of command to address it?
Want to fix the process?

Well, here’s your chance!

A View From Below

Continuum of Service (CoS) is designed to assist Airmen in building a lifetime of service to the nation.  To better explain CoS, check out this video–it helps describe exactly what CoS is and how it can help you.

To help Airmen submit issues and concerns, the Air Force developed the CoS Submission and Tracking Tool (CoSTT).  All Airmen can log into the tool (access requires a .mil address and CAC card) to submit an issue, track its progress and view other issues in a variety of categories.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley supports CoS saying, “Continuum of Service is a vitally important initiative and seeks to remove barriers to service, enabling us to reach the right Airmen, with the right skills, at the right time.”

Help us help you – send us your issues and suggestions today!

Thanks to SAF/MR – Manpower and Reserve Affairs for providing the information in this guest post.