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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


AUGUST 2011 FROM WWII...TIL TONIGHT! ACA Reunion Update


By Col Dennis Barnett (Ret) The annual reunion is fast ap-


proaching!! This year promises to be one of the best ever. The hospitality suite in the Quality Inn will be in full swing as usual and “Combat Connie” has agreed to hostess again this year. Friday morning will kick off with a golf tourney at Gator Lakes on Hurl- burt. Joining ACA this year are the Spectre, 7th ACS, Combat Shadow, and Stray Goose Inter- national associations. All profits from the golf will be jointly con- tributed to the Special Operations


QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Jungle Jim: The Final Chapter


By CMSgt Hap Lutz USAF (Ret) Foreword: I was asked by


General Secord to write a follow- on article on Project Jungle Jim. It is in cooperation with what he also writes, and consistent with the previous extraordinary articles presented by Colonel Gleason and General Piotrowski. I’m honored to be asked and delighted to do so. I revealed how I was selected


for JUNGLE JIM (JJ) in my last commentary. Thus, following suc-


Gen Peter Schoomaker, see page 19 for more information


See REUNION pg 4


Change of Command for AFSOC, 1 SOW and 27 SOW


U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel (right), accepts the command of the Air Force Special Operations Command from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 24, 2011. General Fiel was the vice commander, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, Washington, DC. (USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter)


See full story on page 7


Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel assumed command of Air Force Special Operations Command on June 24, 2011 at Hurlburt Field. Days later, Col. James Slife, former 27th Special Operations Group commander at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M, took command of the 1st Special Operations Wing on June 29, see full story on page 24. The 27 SOW welcomes a new commander as well, read all the details on page 31


cessful psychiatric and psychologi- cal evaluation at Lackland AFB and Stead AFB during November and December respectively, I reported to the 4400th Combat Crew Train- ing Squadron on 10 January 1962. After settling my family, I re-


ported to the medical section for duty not having an iota of what I would be doing. My original inter- view questions coupled with the


See JUNGLE JIM pg 5


BLU 82s and Leaflets, AFSOC Kit in a Desert Storm Rucksack


8 SOS, Crew 2, stands in front of a readied BLU-82 at King Fahd Air Base, Saudi Arabia.


By Col Raymond Chapman (Ret) August 2, 1990 at 2AM local


time, Saddam Hussein launched an invasion on the quiet oil-rich na- tion of Kuwait; he accused the tiny state of stealing oil through slant drilling. His fateful decision united


a 36 country coalition to evict his half million-man Army from Ku- waiti soil. Saddam’s actions started a chain reaction in the Middle East that has affected the world for the last 20 years and will continue to


See BLU 82s pg 12


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