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Local fundraiser benefits ACA Wounded Warrior Program


James G. Roche (20th Secretary of the Air Force) is this year’s ACA Reunion featured speaker.

Chef Dan Pettis of One 20 Modern Bistro located in Niceville demonstrates how to prepare one of many appetizing dishes served to the crowd of ACA supporters at North Light Yacht Club in Niceville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Schaeffler, for more pictures visit

By Jim Connors On 26 April 2012 over 150 Air Com-

mandos, supporters and volunteers gathered at the North Light Yacht Club In Niceville for the 1st TASTE of NORTH BAY Tapas and Wine Tasting event. This event was the concept of Mike Agin, President and CEO of Pioneer Technology Corporation (PTC), one of ACA’s corporate partners, and was held to help finance the Air Commando Association work with wounded Air Commandos and

their families and help meet needs not cov- ered by other organizations. The night featured the culinary talents of

six different Chefs, who each prepared one or more of their specialties. Alaskan salmon and halibut were flown in by PTC. Each specialty was matched with white and red wines and even a particular beer by Wine World. MSgt Ken Cave, a First Sergeant from Hurlburt Field, gave a first hand account of a wounded

See BENEFIT pg 8

Joint Air Force Association—Air Commando Association Luncheon

On 29 February 2012, the Hurlburt AFA

Chapter 398 and the National Headquarters of the Air Commando Association hosted a joint member’s luncheon at the Soundside Club. The guest speaker was Lt. General Eric Fiel, Commander, Air Force Special Opera- tions Command (AFSOC). ACA sponsored representatives of our Corporate partners and it was attended by many active members, re- tired and active duty Air Commandos. There were a host of AFA members as well bring- ing the total to over 150.

General Fiel briefed the audience on the

current and future force structure of the MA- JCOM. He candidly answered all questions from the lunch guests. The success of this was evident by the

large number in attendance and the outstand- ing support from the AFSOC senior staff. A similar joint venture will be planned for later in 2012.

Courtesy of the AFA Hurlburt Chapter #398, www.

ACA Reunion Slated Oct 11-14

By Dennis Barnett ACA Vice President It is not too early to mark your cal-

endars and start planning for the reunion/ convention. This year we are moving away from our traditional Columbus Day week- end due to availability of the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The actual dates are October 11-14, with the banquet on the 13th. Last year we had over 850 attend- ees at the banquet and we hope to have as many this year. Our guest speaker is former Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable James Roche. He had some very unique ties with Air Commandos after 9/11 and was a staunch supporter. The rest of the plan is essentially the

same. We will have an ice-breaker on Thurs- day at Two Trees Restaurant. The following morning is our golf tournament at Gator Lakes Golf Course. Last year we had over 25 teams. We can do even better than that this year. We have a tentative speaker from the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). These people do amazing things to recover MIAs from years ago. We may have this presentation at the new King Au- ditorium to accommodate more people. Fri-

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President, or Board of Director position.

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