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AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION


ANY TIME - ANY PLACE SPRING 2014 MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER


Photo courtesy of ACA member Scott Schaeffler, visit www.Scotteventphoto.com to see all photos for this fundraiser and other ACA events. Taste of North Bay Raises Funds for Foundation The 3rd annual Taste of North Bay was


a resounding success! The Air Commando Association Foundation and Emerald Coast Fisher House were this year’s beneficiaries of the proceeds from the recent Taste of North Bay gala at North Light Yacht Club held in Niceville, FL. This event wouldn’t have been pos-


sible without the efforts of Mike Agin and Nic Dezinski of Pioneer Technologies, Inc., Kim Henderson of the Fisher House, plus all the local chefs and countless volunteers who worked to make it bigger and better than ever. It is no doubt becoming a very welcome and memorable event on the Emerald Coast. We have heard nothing but plaudits from a host


Board of Directors Updates


By Dennis Barnett, President Your Board of Directors has voted to


make some significant changes. We recently reorganized the Board structure creating the position of Chairman of the Board effec- tive 1 March 2014. The Chairman, in coor- dination with the Board, will set strategic direction of the Association. Maj Gen (ret) Dick Secord has assumed duties as the first Chairman of the Board, having resigned his position as President to take the new posi- tion. Col (ret) Dennis Barnett ascended from Vice President to President and Col (ret) David Mobley will move from director and assume Vice President duties. Col (ret) Jim Connors assumed the position of Treasurer as Col (ret) Paul Harmon recently resigned for personal reasons. All three executive po- sitions will be up for election in conjunction with the annual Convention/Reunion in Oc-


tober see the ballot page 15. Additionally, the board has made several changes to the ACA By-laws that will be discussed at the annual business meeting in October. The other most significant change is the


decision to reduce the number of newsletters annually from four to two. There are several reasons for this. Electronic media has made rapid advances over the last few years and with our website, Facebook, and e-mail dis- tribution, most newsworthy events are cov- ered fully by those means. The publication of the Air Commando Journal is also a great vehicle for spreading the word on Comman- do heritage and key upcoming events. Last- ly, this reduction greatly reduces our costs. The newsletter will be published once in the summer to announce the Convention details and upcoming ballot and post-Convention to spread the word on that key event.


of totally satisfied guests. Through the gen- erous support of our sponsors, all the people that purchased tickets and raffle items sales we were able to acquire over $10,000 that will make a huge and lasting impact in sup- port of our service men and women in times of unmet needs and housing during critical family emergencies.


Convention Slated 16 Oct


By Dennis Barnett, President Work is well underway to prepare


for the 2014 gala 16-19 October. (Please note that this is the weekend after Co- lumbus Day due to a conflict at the Convention Center) We have made a few changes to make the annual affair even more pleasurable and memorable. Probably the most significant change is our decision to move our Headquarters and hospitality suite to the Ramada Inn on Okaloosa Island. The Ramada will also serve as the venue for our annual fish fry, our Heritage/Business Seminar


See CONVENTION pg 5 CHAPTERS: CANNON • EMERALD COAST• KIRTLAND • KADENA • MILDENHALL• ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA • TAMPA BAY AREA • WASHINGTON D.C.


CONVENTION SCHEDULE PAGE 11 BALLOT PAGE 15


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