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A Long Day

A Long Day

A Long Day
342 Training Squadron, USAF Combat Control School
Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC

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.
After a 20 mile hike, through the trackless woods of North Carolina, with 80 lbs of battle gear, the soldiers had a brief respite before the next leg of the journey. This young man’s exhausted countenance tells the story of the intensity of the training.
Courtesy of the Collection of USAF, United States Pentagon
Founder’s Award, American Society of Aviation Artists