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Combat Control Foundation

First There for Combat Controllers, the Air Force's Special Warfare Elite Operators

Combat Control Foundation First There 4 Resiliency event where we served a Gold Star family

Combat Control Foundation is First There in providing support to the Combat Control community.

The Combat Control Foundation is First There to provide care and support to U.S. Air Force's Special Tactics Combat Controllers, their families and other members of the military community through its First There programs, and through partnerships with similar charitable organizations.

Combat Control Foundation's Programs

Buddys Furniture Donation Pickup for Combat Control Foundation

Assisting in times of crisis and tragedy

First There 4 Wellness with the Air Force Academy Wrestling Team

Support that aids in recovery

higher education college library

Supporting education opportunities

LR Bob Haverty, Dave Hughes,Bob Edmisten, Tom Watson, Dave Gfeller, Charlie McCarthy - Combat Control History

Preserving history of the community

Combat Controllers provide Force Multipliers to any special operations team they are deplo



USAF Combat Controller Night Vision in South Korea
Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controllers are ground forces operators assigned to Special Tactics Squadrons. They are highly trained special operations forces and certified FAA air traffic controllers.

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, counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and special reconnaissance in the joint arena.

Combat Controllers are among the most highly trained personnel in the U.S. Air Force.
About Combat Control Teams Afghanistan Special Warfare
With unwavering commitment, they took an oath to defend us from the adversaries that challenge our nation.

First There, they navigate through insurmountable odds, undeterred. Their motivation lies not in seeking status or recognition, nor in the pursuit of glory. Rather, their noble cause is the defense of our way of life. With indomitable strength, unwavering courage, and unyielding honor, Combat Controllers carry out their mission.
Thus, we pledge our unwavering support to our Combat Controllers, veterans, and their families, standing together as a nation.

Though unseen, they hold a constant place in our hearts.
Air Force Combat Controllers in Estonia controlling an A-10 Thunderbolt II

What is a
Combat Controller?

1990s Combat Control Team controlling the landing of a C-130 at Camp Bullis Army Field

Learn more about
Combat Control history.

About The Combat Control Foundation

The Combat Control Foundation (CCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2021 and we are First There to provide care and support to Combat Controllers (CCTs), their families, and other members of the military special operations community. The Foundation focuses on four pillars: Resilience, Wellness, Education, and Heritage.

Through our First There 4 Resiliency (FT4-R) program, the Combat Control Foundation is dedicated to supporting combat controllers, their families, and Gold Star Families during times of crisis. We provide financial assistance for expenses related to dignified transfers, memorial services, and travel costs. Additionally, we offer services such as grief counseling, retreats, remembrance gifts, and kids' camps to help those who have experienced loss. Our commitment extends to warriors who have lost a parent or sibling, providing them with support and resources to navigate their grief. By alleviating stressors and bolstering resilience, we strive to enhance well-being and empower individuals to overcome challenges.

The demanding nature of Combat Control duty takes a toll on the well-being of warriors and their families, both physically and mentally. Our First There 4 Wellness (FT4-W) program provides crucial financial and logistical aid to Combat Control Team (CCT) members who sustain critical injuries or fall ill. By relieving the associated burdens, we empower them to prioritize their healing journey and well-being. We also extend our support to family members facing difficulties, and we remain committed to promoting the well-being of warriors, families, and veterans. Our goal is to ensure their continued health by providing the necessary assistance and resources for their overall wellness.


Through our First There 4 Education (FT4-E) program, we aim to empower Combat Control Team family members by providing scholarships for higher education and training. We are committed to supporting quality education opportunities for dependent children, especially in geographically separated duty locations where the right educational choices are vital for the student's overall success. The goal of FT4-E is to ensure that education remains accessible and attainable for the families within the Combat Control Community.

Through our First There 4 Heritage (FT4-H) program, we actively preserve and cultivate the profound legacy of the Combat Control Team brotherhood, including their families. We achieve this by organizing engaging summer camps and teammate connect events, fostering a sense of camaraderie and continuity. By doing so, we uphold the significant heritage these warriors have established. Additionally, we offer financial support for the development of fitting national memorials and monuments, ensuring their enduring recognition and reverence.

We are Combat Control Foundation.
We are First There for Combat Controllers when they are in need.

Join us in making a lasting impact on these elite warriors by supporting the Combat Control Foundation. Every dollar you contribute fuels the success of elite Combat Controllers, the unsung heroes who are First There...Last Out during critical missions.

Your donation equips us with the tools, training, and support we need to excel and save lives. These courageous warriors persevere in the face of adversity, and with your help, we can ensure they have the resources to continue their vital work.

By supporting the Combat Control Foundation, you're not only investing in their success but also strengthening the safety and security of our nation. Together, we can honor their dedication and make a real difference in their lives and their families.

Join us in serving these exceptional Airmen and their families.

Your generosity matters.


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