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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


ANY TIME - ANY PLACE DECEMBER 2012 QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER Annual Reunion/Convention Recap


By Dennis Barnett, ACA Vice President Reunion/convention 2012 was a great


success. As always there are a huge number of volunteers that work behind the scenes to pull off this multi-event extravaganza. I will highlight a few and additionally, Pete Ri- ley, our volunteer coordinator, will identify many members and non-members that pro- vided such great support in another section of this newsletter. Thursday’s Early Bird Special at Mr


T’s Two Trees restaurant was well attended and all were treated to the usual great food from Mr T. Joyce Harrington, Jeanette and Shannon were the folks that made it such an enjoyable evening meeting and greeting old friends. We were fortunate once again to have “Combat Connie” Mussari presiding over the bar and the hospitality suite. Bob Trainor was his usual stalwart self in helping her set up and acquiring the needed “wares”. Joyce moved most of her Commando Store goods to the Suite with a lot of help from several members and active duty folks. She reported the typical sales and also set up the silent auction and auction at the end. For the second year in a row ACA spon-


Members of the 1st Air Commando Group who served during WWII along with air commandos from the 27SOW, AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, and ACA President Maj Gen (ret) Richard Secord at the 2012 ACA Saturday night banquet. (Photo by ACA member Scott Schaeffler)


sored a golf tourney at Gator Lakes on Hurl- burt. This year we had 25 teams; several of which were “stacked” making the competi- tion keen and hard fought. The biggest prize of the tournament was the perfect weather which enabled all to have a great time. Paul Harmon, Pete Riley and Fred Gross were all great help in collecting funds for the raffle


and mulligans and getting the hole signs from our corporate partners on the course. Ray Bourque had his fish-fry team made


up of volunteers all “fired up” and ready to go. Once again ACA is extremely thankful to Mr David Krebs for providing us the fish.


See RECAP pg 5


353rd SOMXS Earns DoD Award Commando Cash After Action Report


By Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer 353SOG Public Affairs


The 353rd Special Operations Mainte- nance Squadron was presented the 2012 Sec- retary of Defense Field-Level Maintenance Award in the small category November 15 during the 2012 DoD Maintenance Sympo- sium and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich. Maj. Ronald Thomas, 353rd Special Maintenance Squadron com-


Operations


mander, along with Chief Master Sgt. Frank Robertson and Master Sgt. Jeffrey Johnson both from the 353rd SOMXS accepted the award on the squadron’s behalf. “It’s an honor to represent such a tal- ented group of individuals,” said Thomas. “I


am extremely proud of our maintainers who work day in and day out to accomplish the mission no matter what obstacles they may face. Like I have said before, we are able to adapt and overcome on a moment’s no- tice. What the squadron has accomplished in the last year demonstrates that. I am proud to lead such a strong and valuable group of people.” The 353rd SOMXS is a diverse unit whose mission responsibilities mirror a maintenance group. In addition to complet- ing more than 9,000 maintenance actions, which led to 723 sorties generated and more than 3,000 flying hours, the 353rd SOMXS


See AWARD pg 10


By Paul Harmon, ACA Treasurer The 2012 Commando Cash raffle


was a great success and on behalf of the Air Commando Association Directors and the Commando Cash Committee I want to say thank! Your generosity pro- vided nearly $18,500 that will help fund our ACA programs supporting Air Com- mandos and Wounded Warriors past and


See REPORT pg 5 chapters: cannon • hUrLBUrt • KirtLand • Kadena • miLdenhaLL• rocKy moUntain area • tampa Bay area • washington d.c.


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