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gene adcock

Electro-Optical Surveillance

Published by Security Source Library, NYC
ISBN: ISBN 1-884674-00-3
Electro-Optical Surveillance - CCS Security Source Library, ISBN 1-884674-00-3, CCS Security Publishing, Ltd. The seven hundred-page encyclopedia describes the physics, construction and operation of image intensified night vision devices; and thermal viewers. - 1999.--------------------- Owning the Night - Cross Border Control International - 1996--------------------------------- We Own the Night – Night Vision Equipment Company -1993. --------------------------- Can EO Weapons Systems do it all? - Journal of Electronic Defense - 1986.---------------------------- Beacon Bombing – Still a Viable Option - National Defense Journal - 1985. -------------------------- Precision Search and Rescue – Motorola’s - Government Electronics Group – 1984.----------------------------
Communications , Electronics , Military/War
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From: gene adcock (gene.adcock@embarqmail.com) 2008-12-17

NEW BOOK SEEKS PUBLISHER ------------- Estimated 500 pages graphically illustrated with color, B&W images, maps and drawings. INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION----------------------- The Eye of the Storm by Gene Adcock----------------- USAF Combat Controllers - already in Afghanistan on 9/11/2001 - were among the first to strike a punishing blow against Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorists. For sixty-five years, a small band of Air Commando’s has quietly operated at the Eye of the Storm. Beginning in 1944 -- and continuing through the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) -- the mission of this obscure band of American airmen has been to provide command and control for allied air-power storming into a combat airhead. In the GWOT, these quiet professionals operate at the tip of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) spear. In his book, Gene touches on the shortfalls of World War II US Army Pathfinders and highlights the introduction of US Army Air Force (USAAF) Combat Control Teams (CCT) in 1944. From there, the reader is taken on an abbreviated tour of World War II airborne operations. Next, is a summary of the painful birth and early growth of CCT in the US Air Force (USAF). Finally, Adcock offers an in-depth -- fifty-year -- look at CCT’s phenomenal growth into a premier fighting force. Pathfinders to Combat Control Teams The Invasion of Sicily - Code named Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily was counted as a major campaign of WWII. It involved both amphibious and airborne assaults. In the airborne operation, more than two hundred C-47s were launched. Of those, a tenth were mistakenly shot downed by US Navy gunners - before crossing the Sicilian coastline. For those who made it, poor visual references and 35 mph winds wrecked havoc with two battalions. They landed 30 miles off the drop zone - and a third landed 55 miles away. In all, the entire airborne invasion force missed the objective area by a wide margin. Major General James M. “Jumpin’ Jim” Gavin was the Deputy Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. Because of the aerial delivery problems at Sicily, he decreed that future paratroop operations must incorporate a method for assuring the safe delivery of more fighters into the target area. Army Pathfinders - Army Pathfinder teams were created in response to Gavin’s decree. The teams were formed as a small group of specially trained airborne troops. Their mission was to jump in advance of the main airborne force. Upon arrival at the objective, their job was to set up visual navigation aids and radar beacons that would help guide the main airborne armada to the designated objective. Thus, in 1943, General Gavin planted the first Combat Control Team seed. By the end of 1944, many of the problems noted during the invasion of Sicily had been fixed. Most C-47s were fitted with self-sealing fuel tanks. Most gliders were equipped with parachute arresters and reinforced noses. Glider pilots had gotten additional training with a requirement for at least five landing per month and additional infantry training. USAAF Combat Control Teams had already been formed and prepared for combat operations. US Army Air Force Combat Control Teams - A total of nine Combat Control Teams had been organized and trained by the US Army Air Force (USAAF). Their charter was airhead air traffic control (AATC); ie, to provide the much-needed command and control communications on the ground and issue terminal guidance to inbound troop carrier aircraft. Operation Varsity - By March 1st, 1945, the allies began to line up at the west bank of the Rhine River, along a 450-mile front stretching from Holland to Switzerland. Varsity would be the first test of the new Combat Control Teams. The addition of Combat Control Teams was seen as a long overdue action that had the potential for saving lives among troop carrier crews, while aiding ground forces with aerial re-supply and medical evacuation. For Operation Varsity, two Combat Control Teams were assigned to each of the four Airborne Divisions; the 13th, 17th, 82nd, 101st; with one team held in reserve. Combat Control Teams made their first successful combat assault on March 24, 1945. “The Combat Control Teams – after undergoing some operational streamlining – would find their most effective and extensive application in the later stages of World War II as Airfield Control Teams (ACT). The ACTs coordinated the use of the crowded skies and airfields in Germany that were taken over by IX Troop Carrier Command for re-supplying the rapidly-advancing allied armored columns.” USAAF Troop Carrier Commander---------------------- CELEBRATING SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF COMBAT CONTROL HISTORY THE NOW DECLASSIFIED HISTORY OF COMBAT CONTROL TEAMS------- 1944 – 2009----------------- This book contains now declassified historical facts collected from sixty-five years of CCT training, combat operations and humanitarian missions. The contents of this book have been cleared for public release. ---------- The Eye of the Storm by Gene Adcock, CMSgt, US Air Force (CCT) Retired USAF 1955 – 1977 ---- CCT 1958 - 1977 Life Member Combat Control Association, Air Commando Association and Airlift Tanker Association------------------------ “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill---------- This book traces Combat Control Team history from its early beginning in 1944. It is told in a series of stories, many etched in blood.-------------- “If history were taught in the form of Stories, it would never be forgotten.”----- Rudyard Kipling--------------------- The story begins with the first appearance of Combat Control Teams in World War II (WWII) and continues through the 2008 fight in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).-------------------------------------- ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: 1 January 2009