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Combat Controllers are trained special operations forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers. Their mission is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance, and special reconnaissance.

Their motto "First There" reaffirms the combat controller's commitment to undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines by leading the way for other forces to follow.

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Combat controllers are among the most highly trained personnel in the U.S. military. They maintain air traffic control qualification skills throughout their career in addition to other special operations skills. Many qualify and maintain currency in joint terminal attack control procedures.

The initial 35-weeks of training and unique mission skills earn them the right to wear the scarlet beret.
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- Combat Control Orientation Course, Lackland AFB, Texas. This 10-day orientation course focuses on sports physiology, nutrition, basic exercises, CCT history and fundamentals.

- Combat Control Operator Course, Keesler AFB, Miss. This course is taught in two phases. Phase 1 is Combat Control Fundamentals consisting of 28-training days. Phase 2 is Combat Control Apprentice-Tower and runs for 52-training days. The course teaches aircraft recognition and performance, air navigation aids, weather, airport traffic control, flight assistance service, communication procedures, conventional approach control, radar procedures, and air traffic rules. This is the same course that all other Air Force air traffic controllers attend. This is the core skill of a combat controller's job.

- U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga. This 15-training days course teaches basic parachuting skills required to infiltrate an objective area by static line airdrop.

- U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School, Fairchild AFB, Wash. This 17-day course teaches basic survival techniques for remote areas. Instruction includes principles, procedures, equipment and techniques, which enables individuals to survive, regardless of climatic conditions or unfriendly environments and return home.

- Combat Control School, Pope AFB, N.C. This 84-training day course provides final CCT qualifications. Training includes physical training, small unit tactics, land navigation, communications, assault zones, demolitions, fire support and field operations including parachuting. At the completion of this course, each graduate is awarded the 3-skill level (journeymen), scarlet beret and CCT flash.

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- Special Tactics Advanced Skills Training, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Advanced Skills Training (AST) is an 11-12 month program for all Combat Controllers before they are assigned to an operational squadron. AST produces mission-ready operators for the Air Force and United States Special Operations Command. The AST schedule is broken down into three phases: formal training, core skills training and operational readiness training. The course tests the trainee's personal limits through demanding mental and physical training. Combat controllers also attend the following schools during AST:

U.S. Army Military Freefall Parachutist School, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. This course instructs trainees in free fall parachuting procedures. The first week of the course consists of wind tunnel training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. The instruction focuses on in-air student stability, aerial maneuvers, air sense, parachute opening procedures. The students then relocate to Yuma, Ariz., where they begin freefall parachute jumping. The jumps progress from lower to higher altitudes, day to night jumps, "slick" to combat equipment configuration with weapon attached and use of supplemental oxygen.

U. S. Air Force Combat Divers School, Panama City, Fla. Trainees become combat divers, learning to use open circuit (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus - SCUBA) and closed circuit (LAR-V, Draeger Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving equipment to covertly infiltrate denied areas. The course is run in two phases. Phase 1 is 21 days in length and consists of pool training and diving to depths of 130 feet, stressing development of maximum underwater mobility under various operating conditions. Phase 2 is 13-days in duration and consists of equipment familiarization and diving using the closed circuit system.

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