Air Force Special Operations Command's combat controllers are Special Tactics Airmen assigned to Special Tactics squadrons within the 24th Special Operations Wing, as well as the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., and 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan. They are highly trained special operations forces who integrate air power into the special operations battlespace.
The mission of a combat controller 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 in the joint arena.
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.
Special Warfare Preparatory Course
Assessment and Selection
Initial Skills Course
U.S. Air Force Dive School
U.S. Army Airborne School
U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School
U.S. Air Force Underwater Egress Training
U. S. Army Free Fall Parachutist School
CCT Operator Course (ATC)
CCT Apprentice course (CCS)
Advanced Skills Training (STTS)
Proceed to First Duty Assignment