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Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Roland ‘Hap’ Lutz Flies West


Lt Col (Ret) Dick Cole gives an impromptu, profound, and touching acceptance speech to over 500 ACA banquet attendees. Lt Gen (Ret) Michael Wooley, Maj Gen (Ret) Richard Secord, Congressman Jeff Miller, and CMSgt (Ret) Gordon Scott look on as Cole was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame on October 18, 2014.

By Jeanette Moore It is with great sadness that the Air

Commando Association announces the passing of CMSgt (Ret) Roland ‘Hap’ Lutz on 25 July 2014. Chief Lutz was the epitome of what it was to be an Air Commando. He lived his entire life as a “Quiet Professional.” From his early years in Flight Medical, Search and Res- cue to numerous NCOIC positions Chief Lutz never considered failure as an op- tion. He served a combined 27 years in the US military starting out as a Navy Hospitalman Apprentice and retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force. CMSgt Hap Lutz gave great credit

to his wife of 64 years Shirley (MisHap) for his success, “She has been my rock,” wrote Hap in a letter to the Air Comman- do Association in 2011. He also stated he was blessed to have had leaders in both services that inspired him in every re- spect. His fellow Air Commandos were also a blessing, “The men I worked with... were inspired men who were gung-ho

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By Dennis Barnett, President ACA We just finished another extremely suc- cessful, enjoyable, and educational conven- tion. As is always the case, we had a great group of volunteers that made it all possible. I will highlight some of the events and the folks that had a big hand in the overall execu- tion of each. We started off the gala with our tradi- tional Early Bird Special at Two Trees. Mr T and his gang were great as always and we owe them continued thanks for their superb

passed away July 25, 2014. Special thanks to Jeanette for gathering a lot of great memo- rabilia that made it even more meaningful. We had several folks take the microphone and tell some great stories about their deal- ings with Hap….some funny and others poi- gnant but all very heart-felt. Hap’s daughter, Beth Martinez, culminated the event with a generous $1,000 donation to ACA in Hap’s memory.

Hap Lutz’ daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Alfonzo Martinez at the Thursday Night Social.

support. This year we dedicated this event to the memory of Hap Lutz who unfortunately

On Friday morning we had over 90 golf- ers gather at Shalimar Pointe for our annual tourney. Our corporate partners along with some local business establishments made it a huge success as we cleared over $8,000. Shalimar Pointe’s staff made it all excep- tionally easy, the course was in great shape and all that played had a great time. Special thanks to Helen Back for providing pizzas and Quality Imports for bringing a Mercedes to the course and sponsoring our Hole-in- One competition manned by SRA represen- tative Stephen Hall and ACA member Bill Brown, Bill suffered an injury and could not play. Buff Underwood, Hollis Tompkins, Joe DeCarlis, Pat Barnett, and Shannon Pressley staffed the sign-in and sold raffle tickets and mulligans. And alas, Hollis Tompkins also played and missed scoring a Hole-in-One

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