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Register for the 2017 ACA Convention

ACA 2017 Convention

Past Meets Present: the Air Commando Association Convention brings it directly to you. This convention gives today's Special Operators the opportunity to meet, talk, and share experiences with Air Commandos who have come before them. People that have planned, executed, and lived the missions which are part of our history.

The schedule of events leaves ample time to enjoy the beautiful sugar white beaches at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort and catch up with fellow Air Commandos whom you may not have seen for awhile. The ACA 2017 room rates are: Standard: $114; Courtyard: $124; Pool View: $134; Beach Front: $144. We have 80 rooms and they will go first come first serve. Call Ramada Inn at 850-243-9161 for reservations and mention you are with the Air Commando Association to get our special rate. Map

We are planning four days of activities that are listed below, if you have any questions about any of them please email us at aircommandoevent@gmail.com or call our office at 850-581-0099 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The ACA will NOT have a registration or check in-desk for the convention. There will be no name tags or tickets. But, we will provide everything you need to do your own name tag if you want one. Plus, there will be a master list of all attendees and events available in the hospitality room (located in room #1162 on the beach pavillion) if you should have any questions. Each event will have a check-in table where attendees will sign in. You will not need tickets to any events, once you register online, your receipt will have a list of all the events you are attending.

If you are a 2017 award recipient, we need to hear from you! Call our office so we may provide you with information that will be beneficial to you and your guests. Widows or special guests please contact us by phone to register for the convention.

Life member and owner of Scott Photoworks, Scott Schaeffler will be our official photographer again this year. You can see more of Scott's work at www.scottphotoworks.com. Many thanks to Scott!

Please keep reading for a complete list of all events and details. If you do not need more information and want to register now click here.

Early Bird Social

Our Early Bird Social is Thursday, Oct 12th at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort in the Empire Room (on the 6th floor) at 5:00pm. This event is casual and laid back, come enjoy a drink at the cash bar and hors d'oeuvres after you get into town.

$20 per person

Heritage Seminar


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The Heritage seminar is scheduled for Friday morning at 8:00 am, October 13th at the Soundside Club on Hurlburt Field. A full breakfast buffet will be served for all seminar attendees. The ACA is thrilled to have Gen Charles R. Holland (Ret) as our featured guest, former Commander of USSOCOM. In addition, this year we will be highlighting the 2017 Commander Leadership Award recipients at the Heritage seminar, it is a great honor to recognize these outstanding men and women of the United States AFSOC. The ACA general membership meeting will take place after the awards presentation. All participants must register and pay prior to this event. Attire is business casual, and for active duty military is uniform of the day.

$20 per person

Fish Fry

The Fish Fry is scheduled from 4-6 pm, located under the tents at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on the beach patio, don't miss fresh caught Red Snapper from Ariel Seafood in Destin, FL. Dave Krebs owner of Ariel Seafood generously donates fresh local seafood every year and fellow Air Commando volunteers, headed up by Ray Bourqe, cook it up fresh for you!

$20 per person.

Ready to register? www.aircommando.org/2017convention

Madison Rising


Leonardo DRS - Title SponsorAFA Hurlburt 398 Chapter
Beach BankBooz Allen Hamilton
Eglin Federal Credit UnionEmerald Coast Military Affairs Council
Gulf Coast Electric 

Commandos Rock! Yep, you read that right, we are featuring a rock concert this year. Madison Rising is a hard-hitting patriotic rock group that will rock the Emerald Coast Friday night. Don't miss their first ever show in Fort Walton Beach. And the best part - active duty/reserve/guard get in FREE! And if you are a civilian - $25 is a deal for a killer concert!

$25 per person. If you are active duty/reserve/guard please contact us at aircommandoevent@gmail.com



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LYNXRandy Wise Homes 

Our golf tourney starts at 8:30 am on Saturday Oct 14th at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, located at 302 Country Club Rd, Shalimar, FL 32579.

4 Person Scramble • 0830 Shotgun Start • Hole-In-One Prizes • Longest Drive • Closest to Pin • Mulligans • Door Prizes • Swag • Lunch will be provided. 

$60 per player, you may sign up 4 players to make a team.


The ACA golf tourney is one of the best events of the year because of our generous sponsors! So be "that guy" and ask your company to sponsor Air Commandos and partner with the ACA during our golf tourney, once an Air Commando always an Air Commando!


Awards Banquet


 Our awards banquet will be at the Emerald Coast Convention Center again, we are honored to present the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees and award several AFSOC level awards to our young Air Commandos. The social hour begins at 5:30 pm and dinner is at 7:00 pm. We encourage attendees to visit our partners, they will have booths inside the ball room. Our corporate partners support the ACA all year long, and especially during the convention.

The dinner menu is pan seared chicken breast is accompanied by Montreal shrimp served with roasted red pepper & shallot cream. Smoked paprika new potatoes will be served with buttered broccoli and a gourmet dinner roll. All dinners are served with a salad. Dessert(s) are New York style cheesecake, strawberry coulis and chocolate peanut butter tart.

Banquet attire is suit or sports coat for men, cocktail or dinner dress/pantsuit for ladies. Dress for active duty military is Service Dress.

$65 per person

Ready to register? www.aircommando.org/2017convention

ACA Open House

On Sunday we invite all attendees to ACA Headquarters for an open house at 9:00 am. Our very own Treasurer, Col (Ret) Jim Connors, will be hosting the open house, stop by and visit and have a cup of coffee before you head to the Sunday Memorial Service. This is on your own, transportation will not be provided. You will have plenty of time to make it to the memorial service though, the ACA building is four miles west of the Hurlburt Air Park. Remember, you will need a DoD ID card to have access to the base.

FREE event


Our Memorial Service will be at the Hurlburt Air Park at 12:00 pm. If you do not have a DoD ID for base access, then let us do the driving. We will have transportation provided from the Ramada to the base and back to the hotel in time for the BBQ!

FREE Event



We are very lucky to have the Warrior Wagon catering our Sunday BBQ again, Van and his crew provided an outstanding array of food last year and will be doing it again this year! Don't miss his delicious award winning BBQ, it is the best on the Emerald Coast! Join us outdoors on the beach patio at 1:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. The Commando Cash drawing will be held at 2:00 pm during the BBQ.

$20 per person




ACAOnline features everything Air Commando Association, from membership signup forms, event registration, photos of all ACA events, Air Commando Foundation news and fund raisers, Corporate Partner information, Air Commando Journal archives, even the Commando Store. Our list of board of directors, the Air Commando Hall of Fame inductees, and lots more can be found on this web site. We hope you take a few minutes and check out all that we offer to members and the community at large, and let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at info@aircommando.org.

Contact Information

Air Commando Association
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7, Mary Esther, FL 32569-0007

Street Address: 2502 Highway 98 W, Mary Esther, FL 32569

Phone: 850-581-0099 Fax: 850-581-8988
Email:  Click here