Why Partner with the ACA?
One of ACA’s goals is to support today’s Air Commandos at the command, unit, individual and family levels meeting needs across the spectrum. For example, ACA sponsors several command level awards for AFSOC including Commander’s Leadership Awards, Squadron of the Year, and Combat Medic of the Year, to name a few. In addition, through our separate Air Commando Foundation, ACA fills the seams between what the government can provide and what is truly needed. Industry partnerships support all these efforts both directly and indirectly since all overhead for our Foundation is covered by the operations side of ACA.
ACA has strong ties with the AFSOC and SOCOM leadership. Many of today’s, and past, senior AFSOC leaders are members of our association. Virtually all flag officers in AFSOC attend our annual banquet. ACA is working closely with AFSOC to provide professional development programs to Active Duty Air Commandos. Recent examples were forums with Gen Schwartz, Gen Schoomaker and CMSgt Mike Lampe.
ACA is held in high regard at the highest levels of the Air Force and United States Special Operations Command. Recent guest speakers for our annual convention/reunion banquet include the USAF Chief of Staff, Commander, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a former US Army Chief of Staff (who was also Commander, USSOCOM), and the former Secretary of the Air Force, The Honorable James Roche. Our most recent guest of honor was the first Air Force Command Chief to serve at USSOCOM, CMSgt (ret) Mike Lampe.
Our quarterly Air Commando Journal has a distribution of over 6,000 hard copies and is delivered to units at all AFSOC bases, Headquarters USSOCOM, the Pentagon, and members of Congress.
In the unfortunate circumstances when tragedy or unexpected needs strike our Air Commando force, ACA, through our foundation, is there to provide financial assistance to meet the needs of family members, wounded warriors, and the units that support them. The Air Commando Foundation is a 501(c)3 and is dedicated to assisting Air Commandos past and present in times of unmet needs.
The ACA/ACF would very much like to partner with your organization to expand the opportunity for the ACA/ACF to help more of our in need Air Commandos. Our organization does not have deep coffers, so we’re currently exploring ways to gather increased momentum to broaden our ability to give back to this community of Air Force Airmen who have done so much for our beloved nation.
The ACA is a 501(c)19, Veterans Organization, and the ACF is a Section 501(c)(3), not-for-profit charitable organization; we do great things under both organizations.