ACA Convention Rescheduled to Dec 6-9ShareThis
For over eight years the ACA has worked to support AFSOC and active duty Air Commandos. We created the Air Commando Foundation which supports our airmen in times of unmet needs, we sponsor AFSOC level awards, and many other venues too numerous to mention in this format. We have proven the ACA gets things done quickly and efficiently.
As most of you know the White House announced the Medal of Honor will be awarded posthumously to TSgt John Chapman on 22 Aug 2018 at the White House. This is the first Air Force Medal of Honor presented for actions since Vietnam, 47 years ago. This is a huge event and AFSOC will also honor TSgt Chapman and his family with a three day celebration at Hurlburt from 25-27 October. Your ACA will be playing a significant supporting role in the celebration. This event will be attended by numerous Air Force, national, and state dignitaries.
Because of the great opportunity to serve and participate in this effort, your Board deliberated long and hard about the proximity of our planned convention to the AFSOC celebration. In the end, we determined that we could not, nor would we want to detract from those events by executing our own Convention with our annual Hall of Fame induction only two weeks prior to the Medal of Honor celebration. In addition, the two events scheduled that close together would probably overwhelm our talented but very small staff. As Air Commandos we see both events as “no-fail” missions. Therefore, we have determined that we needed to reschedule our Convention for 6-9 December.
Our intent is to maintain all the normal Convention elements to include the Fish Fry, Heritage Seminar, Annual ACA Business Meeting, Golf Tournament, and our Awards Banquet. Though our annual banquet will not be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center as it has been in the past, we assure you that our newest Hall of Fame inductees will still be afforded an elegant and dignified affair that they will long remember. We hope that this does not create any hardship for any of our members whose plans were already made. We also hope that all of you will understand the magnitude of this event and will support us in our decision.