The Combat Control Memorial
The monument to fallen combat controllers was upgraded at the Combat Control School on January 26, 2017. The new memorial is an upgrade to the Vietnam-era monument, honoring and remembering those who gave all while preserving our heritage and our way of life.
The new monument seemed to 'just' appear; a story carved in stone memorializing the history and heritage of Combat Controllers who had paved the way for those now joining the brotherhood, and qualifying to wear the scarlet beret.
The Monument memorializes those Combat Controllers that lost their lives in combat, and in training for combat operations. It is a living tribute with a story of its own to tell. The memorial was conceived, funded, created, constructed, delivered and installed by a team committed to preserving the past for the future, and for those Combat Controllers who are writing United States Air Force history today.
The original Vietnam-era design, installed soon after the Vietnam war, used metal nameplates, screwed to stone.
A larger foundation stone was incorporated into the memorial years earlier to increase available nameplate space. The screw to stone mounts were failing due to corrosion caused by weathering and delamination.
The new, upgraded monument consists of a three stone set with a black granite center piece and two white outboard stones, engraved with the names of those fallen in combat and combat training.
The memorial upgrade was funded equally by the Combat Control Association, the Special Warfare School Museum (formerly the CCSHF), and donations from the annual Las Vegas Combat Control Association (CCA) reunion.
From Concept to Design, Construction and Delivery
How It Began
In early 2015, it was noted the Vietnam-era monument needed replacement. CCT operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were taking a heavy toll on Combat Control warriors. The names of the fallen were being added to the monument at an ever increasing pace.
Adding new names to the existing monument required attaching the name plates to stone with bronze screws. The screws used to the mount name plates weathered with the passage of time, and failed. The base-plate footer, added years earlier, had delaminated from years of sun loading and moisture exposure.
Nearly forty year’s of exposure to direct sun and moisture infiltration weakened the integrity of the structure. The stone base added years earlier, had been fitted with a metal façade in an attempt to overcome structural failure. Name tags were detaching from the base. All attempts at repair proved frustratingly temporary at best.
Discussion and Decision
After months of discussion in a joint effort between the Combat Control Historical Foundation (now the SWS Museum) and the CCA, it was decided that the best approach was to replace the Vietnam-era monument.
Requests for proposal from local monuments contractors were submitted. Incoming proposals were reviewed jointly. After reviewing and comparing vendor proposals, a selection was made, and a contract was issued to construct and install the new monument.
And So It Became, A Re-Imagined Monument Created to Commemorate and Memorialize the Lives of Combat Controllers Who Sacrificed All
The Combat Control Honor Flight
- A2C LEONARD D. THOMAS - 02 NOV 1953 - KIT - GA
- A2C EDWARD J. MARION 19 MAR 1959 KIT JAPAN
- A1C HOSEA JONES 08 JUL 1960 KIT NC
- TSG RICHARD FOXX 15 OCT 1962 KIA VIETNAM
- A2C JAMES G. PHILLIPS 08 APR 1964 KIT AZ
- A2C WILLIAM R. HENSON 20 AUG 1964 KIT PANAMA
- TSG RAYMOND M. LITZ 25 MAR 1965 KIT SPAIN
- A1C ANDRE R. GUILLET 18 MAY 1966 KIA LAOS
- SSG EDWARD J. KIMBLE 22 MAY 1967 KIT SPAIN
- AIC GERALD GAUTHIER, JR. 04 SEP 1967 KIA VIETNAM
- AIC WILLIAM E. JERKINS 04 SEP 1967 KIA VIETNAM
- MSG CHARLES A. PARADISE 04 SEP 1967 KIA VIETNAM
- TSG FREDERICK L. THROWER 04 SEP 1967 KIA VIETNAM
- SGT PAUL F. FOSTER 29 DEC 1967 KIA LAOS
- SSG RONDAL LAVALL 07 OCT 1968 KIT NC
- SGT GERARD A. MIEDREICH, JR. 03 JUN 1977 KIT TX
- AIC ALLEN HUTCHINSON 08 AUG 1997 KIT PHILIPPINES
- SMS BURGESS L. EVERSON 27 AUG 1979 KIT
- SRA JAMES D. BACH 26 FEB 1981 KIT PHILIPPINES
- SSG GLEN D. BLOOMER 26 FEB 1981 KIT PHILIPPINES
- SSG EDDY D. CLARK 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- SGT JONATHAN D. GOERLING 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- CAPT RODERICK C. GRESS 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- SGT EMILIO F. MARTINEZ, JR. 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- TSG LARRY R. RAINEY 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- SSG VICTOR A. VALLE 28 FEB 1984 KIT SPAIN
- CAPT MICHAEL E. DIONNE 09 MAY 1984 KIT CO
- TSG JEROME E. BENNETT 27 OCT 1986 KIT UT
- TSG DAVID A. ATKINSON 22 JUL 1991 KIT FL
- SRA DEREK C. HUGHES 29 OCT 1992 KIT UT
- SGT MARK G. LEE 29 OCT 1992 KIT UT
- CAPT MICHAEL L. NAZIONALE 29 OCT 1992 KIT UT
- TSG MARK SCHOLL 29 OCT 1992 KIT UT
- TSG J.D. STEAGALD 01 FEB 1999 KIT NC
- TSG JOHN A. CHAPMAN 04 MAR 2002 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- CAPT PANUK SOOMSAWASDI 07 AUG 2002 KIT PR
- TSG CHRISTOPHER MATERO 07 AUG 2002 KIT PR
- TSG MARTIN A. TRACY 07 AUG 2002 KIT PR
- SSG SCOTT D. SATHER 08 APR 2003 KIA IRAQ
- CAPT DEREK M. ARGEL 30 MAY 2005 KIA IRAQ
- CAPT JEREMY FRESQUES 30 MAY 2005 KIA IRAQ
- SSG CASEY J. CRATE 30 MAY 2005 KIA IRAQ
- SRA ADAM P. SERVAIS 19 AUG 2006 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- TSG WILLIAM H. JEFFERSON 22 MAR 2008 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- SSG TIMOTHY P. DAVIS 20 FEB 2009 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- SRA DAN R. SANCHEZ 16 SEP 2010 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- SRA MARK A. FORESTER 29 SEP 2010 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- SSG ANDREW W. HARVELL 06 AUG 2011 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- SSG FORREST B. SIBLEY 26 AUG 2015 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- CAPT MATTHEW D. ROLAND 26 AUG 2015 KIA AFGHANISTAN
- TSG MARTY B. BETTELYOUN 03 AUG 2015 KIT FL