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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER


Reunion Update


By Dennis Barnett, Vice President First off, I want to say that it


is a distinct honor and privilege to serve this great organization. I will do my best to live up to the trust that Gen Secord and the board have given me. I recognize that one measure of that is the success of our annual reunion. With the help of many fine mentors and committees, we are making final preparations for this year’s gala. This year is the 30th


Anniversary of Desert One. While unsuccessful and tragic, it is looked upon as a singular key event that led to the Nunn/Cohen


See REUNION pg 7 AUG 2010 Air Commando One Remembered


By Hap Lutz Following his passing on 20


May, a great sense of loss and remembrance was reflected by all those attending the memorial and “Celebration of


Life”


s e r v i c e s for retired Br i g a d i e r G e n e r a l Harry C. “ H e i n i e ” Ad e r h o l t , conduc t ed at


the


U. S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz renders a final salute to retired Brig. Gen. Harry “Heinie” Aderholt. Photo by USAF Senior Airman Matthew Loken


Sounds ide club on 2 July. Along with tears of sadness, joyful “Heinie” stories abounded. The many that


B/Gen Harry Aderholt 1920-2010


By Howie Pierson, ACA Chaplain


Commentary .....................pg 2 Membership .....................pg 8 Hap’s Comments ..............pg 9 2010 Ballot .....................pg 10 Letters ............................pg 11 Reunion Info ........ pg 18 & 19 MTF Update ...................pg 17 Rossel’s Report ..............pg 21 President’s Corner ...Back Page


roll call has been answered with a clear, crisp “Here Sir!” He lived a full and faithful life as he served God, country, and family. The immediate family members grieve and thank God for those precious years together. Chuck’s military comrades


share a unique bonding through his distinguished career, which was


were able to attend from near and far, and the many, many that sent letters, cards, and notes of condolences exemplified the ways that “Heinie” so genuinely touched the lives of so many


highlighted as an Air Commando. The dedication and loyalty Chuck Keeler gave the Air Commando Association will remain with us forever. He will be missed deeply by all.


Read at Barrancas National


Cemetery by Jim Boney (as requested by Howie). ******


OBITUARY


Charles E. “Chuck” Keeler, age 78, passed away Friday


people. A final and fitting tribute to a USAF hero, warrior, patriot, family man, and loyal friend to countless others. (To view


See ADERHOLT pg 3


Farewell Super Sergeant Chuck Keeler Commando Chuck’s final


morning, June 11, 2 0 1 0 , with his b e l o v e d wife and t h r e e daughters by his side. Chuck or “Chief” as he was known by his many friends, colleagues and acquaintances was


CMSgt Charles ‘Chuck’ Keeler (1931 - 2010)


See KEELER pg 6


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