Combat Controller Training
Pope AFB, 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, and I had the opportunity to sketch.