McCoskrie Threshold Foundation
The McCoskrie Threshold Foundation (MTF), the all-volunteer nonprofit humanitarian arm of the Air Commando Association (ACA), provides aid and assistance locally and worldwide to those in need. The aid may be in the form of medical teams/supplies, identified specific needs, or bulk shipping of general humanitarian items such as clothing, school and medical equipment, furniture, and food.
The primary objective is to provide equipment and supplies in support of U.S. Military Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) and nation building efforts, thus projecting U.S. forces in the best possible light.
When a military partnership is not available, the MTF provides humanitarian aid representing the United States of America through other nonprofit organizations.
Retired Air Force Brig Gen Harry "Heinie" Aderholt founded the Air Commando Association (ACA) in 1967. The ACA has always had a humanitarian mission. The mission was formalized in South East Asia when air commando units went to many villages in Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos to provide medical and humanitarian support.
The humanitarian arm of the ACA, the McCoskrie Threshold Foundation (MTF), was established in 1986 as a 501C(3) tax-exempt organization with an all-volunteer staff. Financial support is obtained through contributions from the ACA membership and periodic fund drives to cover storage, shipping, and administrative expenses. The number of humanitarian projects over the past 40 years is too numerous to mention, but some details follow:
- Medical teams spent three years in Guatemala to provide much needed medical support.
- Close ties were maintained with the World Medical Relief Organization that provided more than $100 million of supplies for projects in South East Asia, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
- In the local area, furniture and household items are provided to many needy families. MTF volunteers work with the Airmen's Attic at Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base to help young airmen and their families who need household items including furniture and appliances.
- Millions of pounds of goods (clothing, shoes, medical supplies, furniture, appliances, bicycles, books, school desks and equipment) have been sent to many countries: Honduras, Panama, Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, Haiti, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Montserrat, Jamaica, and the Republic of Georgia.
- Assistance also provided to families in North Carolina after hurricane Floyd and to families in Alabama after a tornado.
- Relocation of the Montagnards, Vietnamese and Lao tribesmen who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, in North Carolina was supported. Hundred of refugee families arrived with no worldly possessions. The MTF provided truckloads of clothing, furniture, bedding, bicycles and toys for this gallant and needy group.
The McCoskrie Threshold Foundation office is located in the Air Commando Association building at 2502 Highway 98 W, Mary Esther, FL 32569. The building is open from 9:00 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday.
For more information contact:
Telephone: (850) 581-0099
President: Robert White
Secretary: Felix Sambogna
Treasurer: Butch Sluschewski
Directors: John Connors, Steve Connelly, Dave Freeman
Advisors: Karen Kramer, Karen Hubbard with Bless The Children CFC #10016
There are no paid positions within the organization.
Funds needed for transportation, storage, and miscellaneous expenses are obtained from donations and periodic fund drives. Volunteers, including retired military, local civilians, and active duty from Hurlburt Field, do all work. The reason the volunteers spend so much time and personal resources to help the less fortunate may be founding the following:The McCoskrie Threshold Foundation is a charitable organization operating as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in accordance with IRS Tax Code section 501(c)3. The FEIN is 59 275 5196. Donations are tax deductible as provided by law.
"You must give some time to your fellow man.... something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too." -Albert Schweitzer