352nd Special Warfare Training Sq.
1 Matero Dr., Bldg. 501, Pope AAF, NC 28308

USAF Combat Control Teams

The Special Warfare
School Heritage Center

Training - Education - Legacy - Heritage

Vision and Legacy

Introducing the Special Warfare School Heritage Center

From Army Pathfinders to the Air Force Special Operations Command, each generation of Combat Controllers have
created a legacy paving the way for today’s Special Tactics Warriors leading the way for tomorrow’s Special Warfare Airmen.

As a North Carolina 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, our only mission is to support Combat Control School training by documenting and preserving the history, heritage, and legacy of United States Air Force Combat Control Teams.

The Special Warfare School and Heritage Center works in concert with the Combat Control School staff and instructors to acquire, refurbish, exhibit and maintain CCT artifacts accessioned by the CMSgt Benini Heritage Center.

The CMSgt Alcide S. Benini Special Warfare School Heritage Center is dedicated to the legacy created by CMSgt Benini, and displays the lineage, artifacts, and equipment used since the inception of Combat Control Teams.

The Special Warfare School Heritage Center displays and exhibits the unique history of Combat Control, the artifacts and equipment used since the beginning, and it provides students a link to the CCT Warrior legacy.

U.S. Air Force
Special Warfare

Air Force Special Warfare (AFSPECWAR) comprises ground combat forces that specialize in airpower application in austere, hostile, denied and politically sensitive environments.  The U. S.  Air Force Special Warfare careers include Combat Control, Pararescue, Special Reconnaissance and Tactical Air Control Party skill and mission specializations.


Air Force Special Operations Command Combat Controllers are ground operators assigned to Special Tactics Squadrons.

As trained Special Operations Forces and certified FAA Air Traffic Controllers, the Combat Controller’s mission is to deploy undetected into austere, combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields.

Combat Controllers also conduct air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and special reconnaissance in joint operations arenas.

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