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By Dennis Barnett Convention Chairman, ACA VP In spite

of Sequestration

and a government shutdown, we managed to have a very success- ful Reunion/Convention. Se- questration limited active duty member travel which in turn im- pacted our banquet as the Com- mander’s Leadership Award re- cipients were unable to attend. That was a big impact, but noth- ing compared to the impact the government shutdown caused. AFSOC leadership was directed from “on high” that all support of local events were to be cur- tailed. That was huge to us as not only could Gen Fiel not be our guest speaker, it was determined that no active duty participation was allowed at all. This cut our attendance to just over 330 at the banquet. All of these develop- ments were occurring just before our convention kickoff and we are thankful for AFSOC leader- ship keeping us informed so that we could plan accordingly. We

Dues Increase Reprieve!

To make a last hard push to attain our goal of 5,000 members by 2015, the ACA Board of Directors has de- cided to keep dues at the bar- gain rates of $20 annually and $150 lifetime through 2014. Currently, we are just a little short of 4,000 mem- bers and we need all hands to get friends to join. Please make it a goal to recruit at least one new member this year and we will reach our goal of 5,000!

are also very appreciative of the Emerald Coast Convention Cen- ter and Aramark for their flex- ibility in allowing us to adjust on the fly. Because we were unable to utilize government buses, we would like to extend a big thank you to Chief Jim Binnicker and the Air Force Enlisted Village for providing us with buses and several drivers at the last minute! The Thursday Night Early

Bird Social was very well at- tended and a good time was had by all. Mr. Dave Krebs, Jr surprised us with another do- nation in support of the Lt Col Dave Krebs High Flight and Ray Bourque Community Service Scholarships. (See photo on page 4) Mr. T and the staff of Two Trees Restaurant gave us great food and atmosphere for a bar- gain price once again. Creative Awards provided some very nice raffle items. Owner, Eric Bow- man is a lifetime member and a strong supporter of all ACA awards programs throughout the year. He also donated some very nice prizes for our golf tourna- ment. The ACA golf tournament was another success because of

prizes and “swag” provided by our generous corporate partners, most notably: Creative Awards, L3 Crestview Aerospace, Elbit, Esterline, QinetiQ and Lockheed Martin. (See photo on page 12). As always, none of our events would occur without the efforts from countless volunteers. This is never more evident than at our annual fish fry which is handled from beginning to end by the ever venerable Ray Bourque and his gang! We also have to thank Dave Krebs, Jr. for donating the delicious fish again.

This year we decided to widen our aperture a bit and use our traditional Saturday Morn- ing Business Meeting to start a professional development semi- nar and breakfast at Hurlburt’s Soundside. It was well attended and presentations were given by Gen Secord and Gen Manor on Air Commandos in SEA, Lt Gen Frank Kisner on the standup of NATO SOF Command, Col (ret) Tim Hale, a lifetime member and Secretary for Veteran’s Affairs for New Mexico updated us on VA issues, and Felix ‘Sam’ Sam- bogna provided some insights

into the McCoskrie Threshold Foundation. All in all, we re- ceived very favorable feedback on this new format and plan to expand on it in the future. (Our original lineup included presen- tations by all three active duty AFSOC wing commanders and AFSOC Command Chief Bill Turner, but their presentations were also casualties of the gov- ernment shutdown). Lastly, though our numbers were curtailed, we had a very nice

banquet at the Emerald

Coast Convention Center. As is our custom, we inducted five new members into the Air Com- mando Hall of Fame. The eve- ning’s entertainment was pro- vided by Edward Torres, a major in the reserves serving with the 919 SOW. Many were wowed with his solo renditions of sev- eral patriotic songs. Maj Torres is a great talent and we hope that he will be back for many more encores in the future. We held our Sunday Me- morial at the Hurlburt Air Park. Traditionally we have one of the

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