The mission of a Combat Controller is to deploy into combat and hostile environments in order to conduct direct action, counter-terrorism and special reconnaissance missions, combat search-and-rescue, foreign internal defense, and humanitarian assistance.
Combat Controllers are among the most highly trained special operators in the United States military, their unique capabilities include surveys and establishment of assault and landing zones, air traffic control, fire support, terminal attack control, and communications command and control.
Advanced weapons and demolitions, small unit tactics and close quarters combat, water craft and amphibious operations, open and closed circuit combat dive operations, static line and military freefall parachuting, FAA air traffic control certification, advanced communications, and terminal attack control.
Air Force Combat Control Selection Course, Lackland AFB, Tx.
2-week course that selects airmen to begin the Combat Control pipeline. Training is focused on rigorous physical conditioning, CCT history and fundamentals.
Air Force Combat Control Operator Course, Keesler AFB, Ms.
16-week course that teaches aircraft recognition and performance, air navigation aids, weather, air traffic control and communication procedures, approach control, radar procedures, and air traffic rules.
Air Force Combat Control School, Pope AFB, Nc.
13-week course that selects and trains airmen through physical conditioning and Combat Control specific qualifications. Training includes physical training, small unit tactics, land navigation, demolitions, communications, assault zones, fire support and terminal attack control, and field combat operations. At the completion of this course, graduates are awarded the scarlet beret and CCT flash.
Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga.
3-week course teaches basic parachuting skills required to infiltrate an objective area by static line airdrop.
Air Force Survival School, Fairchild AFB, Wa.
3-week course teaches basic survival techniques for remote areas. Instruction includes principles, procedures, equipment and techniques which enable individuals to survive regardless of climatic conditions or unfriendly environments.
Air Force Water Survival School, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fl.
1-week course teaches basic water survival techniques.
Navy Underwater Egress Training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fl.
1-day instruction on how to safely escape from an aircraft that has ditched in the water, including principles, procedures and techniques necessary to get out of a sinking aircraft.
Air Force Special Tactics Advanced Skills Training, Hurlburt Field, Fl.
12-month program for new Combat Controllers designed to produce mission-ready operators. The course tests the trainee's personal limits through demanding mental and physical training. Combat controllers also attend the following schools during AST:
Army Military Freefall Parachutist School, Fort Bragg, Nc. and Yuma Proving Grounds, Az.
5-week course instructs trainees in freefall parachuting procedures, providing wind tunnel training and in-air instruction focusing on student stability, aerial maneuvers, parachute procedures and canopy control.
Air Force Combat Diver School, Panama City, Fl.
6-week course instructs trainees in combat diving operations and the use of open and closed circuit diving equipment to covertly infiltrate denied areas. The course provides training to depths of 130 feet, stressing development of maximum underwater mobility under various operating conditions.
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