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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER


2011 Reunion Plans


By Dennis Barnett, VP Reunion plans for the 2011


Reunion are well under way for Columbus Day weekend from 6-9 October. In this issue you will see the sign up sheet that can be mailed in and it contains the planned events. You can also register on-line at www.aircom- mando.org. Mark your calendars early as this is going to be one of the best reunions ever. We have already blocked


rooms at the Quality Inn and they have agreed once again to let us utilize their banquet room for our hospitality suite. We are


See REUNION pg 6


Three ACA Members Honored by USSOCOM


Admiral Eric Olson, USSO-


COM Commander recently an- nounced that Generals’ Aderholt and Secord will both receive very prestigious honors. Gen. Aderholt has been posthumously selected for induction into the United States Spe- cial Operations Command (USSO- COM) Commando Hall of Honor. This honor recognizes accomplish- ments of individuals who distin-


See HONORED pg 3


AFSOC’s Preparation for DESERT STORM


Deployment to Theater


Site Survey Team Headquarters AFSOC was ready when called af-


ter the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. On 9 August 1990, as Lt Col J.V.O. Weaver, 1 SOW Chief of Operations Plans, walked into his office, the phone was ringing.


PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE Jungle Jim History Continues


Editor’s Note: The following is a second installment of a three part series on project JUNGLE JIM. By John L. Piotrowski General, USAF (ret) Upon return from my first tour


in Vietnam as an Air Commando I found much had changed. The 1st Air Commando Group was growing and growing rapidly with a large influx of personnel to provide con- tinuing replacements for the AT-28, B-26, and C-47 crews and mainte- nance personnel at Bien Hoa. General Curtis LeMay, CSAF


had formed two new organizations associated with Counter Insurgen- cy Operations on 19 April 1962.


MAY 2011


Gen Pete Piotrowski & loaded AT 28 in Vietnam.


These were the Special Air Warfare Center (SAWC), Commanded by Brigadier General Gilbert Pritchard and the 1st Combat Applications Group (1st CAG) Commanded by


Colonel Ben King. Both of these organizations were bedded down at Eglin AFB, FL. SAWC was


See JUNGLE JIM pg 12


It was Colonel Gray, 1 SOW Commander. “J.V. O.,” Colonel Gray said, “you’re going to Saudi. Get ready to go. You’ve got 4 hours.” Up until that point, Colonel


Editor’s note: This is a recap of the deployment and bed down of AFSOC forces During DESERT SHIELD in prepa- ration for DESERT STORM originally written by then SSgt Randy Bergeron AFOC Historian and still employed by the History office at AFSOC Headquarters and edited with his permission.


Weaver, like many others, thought the wing would not be involved because talk about the war was of conven- tional forces, not SOF. Colonel Weaver and Capt Randy O’Boyle, along


with Lt Col Randy P. Durham and Maj Robert C. Stewart, both from the Director of Operations Staff, HQ AFSOC deployed to back-fill positions within the USSOCOM staff. While at USSOCOM Colonel Dur- ham assumed responsibility for the SOF air resources, See STORM pg 5


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