U.S. Air Force Combat Controllers - GAU-5A Carbine

usaf combat controller - gau-5a carbine

A vintage (1988) shot of USAF Combat Controllers (CCTs) from the 1722nd Combat Control Squadron. The foremost CCT is armed with a GAU-5A carbine. The GAU-5A is the USAF variant of the Colt CAR-15 Commando (Model 610).

Note the CCTs in the background using a weather balloon to measure wind speed in preperation for an airdrop.

image sourced from public domain
U.S. DoD photo by SSGT Scott P. Stewart
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