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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


NOVEMBER 2011


Reunion Recap


FROM WWII...TIL TONIGHT! Air Commando Receives AFC QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER


Final Farewell Air Commando Icon


By Staff Sgt. Richard A. Williams Jr. Air Force Public Affairs Agency Airmen gathered here Oct. 3 to


render a final salute to retired Maj. Gen. John Alison as he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. “We have lost a great American, a


Gen Peter Schoomaker addressing re- cord crowd at ACA Saturday night ban- quet. (Photo by Scott Schaeffler)


By Dennis Barnett, Vice President, ACA The reunion was a huge suc-


cess with a host of folks contrib- uting to the effort. The inimitable Hap Lutz made the arrangements at Two Trees and Mr T gave us his usual great hospitality for the Early Bird kickoff. This year we went back to having a golf tourney and had support from the Spectre Association, the 7th Air Comman- do Society, the Combat Shadow Heritage Association and Stray Goose international with a good turn out from the Pave Low com- munity. The Gator Lakes course was in great shape and the weath- er was beautiful. There were 103 golfers…the largest group seen at Hurlburt for a long time. Spe- cial mention was made of Bill and Dawn Brown’s team that had two members over 80 and the other duo over 70 and they shot two un-


See REUNION pg 5


Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presents the Air Force Cross to Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Special Tactics and Training Squadron combat controller, dur- ing a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, FL, Oct. 27, 2011. Gutierrez was awarded the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration, for displaying extraordinary heroism in combat while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson) See page 9 for complete details.


What ACA Can Do


By Col Steve Connelly (ret) I received a call from the 1 SOW


support group commander last Friday asking for some help. I checked the time. It was after 4:30 and reminded me of the old days when deployment orders showed up (always after 4:30 on Friday afternoon) and I got a little rush of ‘can do’ adrenalin. The request was for money to send


half dozen wives in the CE squadron to a surprise baby shower for Lisa Deslauriers in Washington DC. Lisa’s husband Joe, aka ‘Des’ is just starting a long rehabilitation after losing 3 limbs to an IED accident in Afghanistan. Des is EOD. He is 1 SOW CE. The civil en- gineering squadron is on the front line of this war. A new kind of Air Com- mando.


Lisa is pure positive and


thankful to have her dear ‘Des’ alive. Her thankful- ness is unbounded and she is a huge example to a squadron that lives under the umbrella of concern that is part of marriage into the EOD family. She is actually an example to all America; she knows how to be thankful and can express it with rock solid certainty. The CE squadron didn’t have a slush


Lisa Deslauriers and friends at babyshower.


fund to do this; but the need seemed compelling even though the bill would be pretty huge. The squadron bounced the idea off the group where the merits were seen but the resources at that lev- el were also insufficient. The next stop turned out to be the Air Commando As-


sociation (ACA) who has been doing a lot to support today’s Air Commandos in a lot of different ways. There, with the ACA, the muscle for this kind of need was within reach. Within hours (really hours, like 3 of them) a coali- tion of members of AFA and ACA were collecting funds and the ACA had agreed to forward fund the effort.


See SUPPORT pg 7


dear friend, and a committed and lov- ing family man,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said dur- ing a eulogy at the Old Post Chapel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. “And our nation has lost one of her most spectacular aviators.” Schwartz said Alison’s humility


was a constant theme throughout his life.


“ ‘Call me Johnny,’ he used to say,” See FAREWELL pg 11


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