• Tom Baker, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
CMSgt Tom Baker enlisted in the Air Force in May 1985 and served the majority of his 28 years in service in AFSOC units as an MC-130E/H Loadmaster. In 1997, he was a member of the 7th Special Operations Squadron aircrew awarded the prestigious MacKay Trophy for the Air Force’s most meritorious flight of the year after rescuing 57 personnel from the civil war-torn Republic of the Congo. Tom was recognized again in 2002 when he was selected as the SSgt Henry “Red” Erwin Award winner as the Air Force’s outstanding aircrew member of the year. He was inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame in 2018.
Chief Baker currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is employed by CAE as a contractor instructor (CI) training AC, MC and HC-130J aircrews. In addition to the leadership roles he had held on active-duty, Tom has served as a shop steward representing 90 CIs, is an operational team member for the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council as well as the chairman for the team’s store and a volunteer ski instructor for the New Mexico Adaptive Sports program.
• Dave Clark
I served in the Air Force from 1967 to 1975. I was a MC- 130E Special Operations Loadmaster with the 1st SOS with over 400 combat hours, I received 3 Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross. On return from my last tour in Vietnam, I was transferred to the C-141.
In 1979, I graduated college with a nursing degree. Working as a registered nurse with primary duties in the emergency room for 25 years and 6 years in Endoscopy, I have made many decisions to help families thru some terrible times. I retired from Nursing in 2011. I started a small business in wood working in 2008 with the name DFC Woodcrafts. (DFC stands for Dave and Floreen Clark). Our work can be seen on Facebook under DFC Woodcrafts and also in the Air Commando Store. When we do craft shows we have information available and answer questions about our various military organization to include Air Commando Association, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We are life members of these organizations. My wife and I have also put together a power point presentation on the WW II Navajo Code Talkers that we have been presenting for several years to various groups.
From my life experiences and professional work, I am a team player and will work hard to continue the great work the Air Commando Association has done and will do.
• Mike Hayes, Col, USAF (Ret)
As a life member I believe in the Air Commando Mission. I will bring to the ACA Board a record of achievement and experience in military joint special operations, command leadership, board member for a non-profit organization, acquisition management and marketing. I am currently serving the USO as a volunteer and was recognized as volunteer of the year. Additionally, I am a Trustee for my church responsible for all the church properties. Currently, we are planning for a building renovation along with the construction of new church offices. I will bring to the ACA my motivation, effective human relations, and ability to manage both time and resources to maximize productivity.
I worked seventeen years with AFSOC from its beginning as 23rd Air Force. I have a broad understanding and range of experience with active duty, air national guard and air force reserves. I will bring my 32 years military experience flying various C-130 models for 29 years, to include chief of flying training for the AC-130A and MC-130E mission at the 919th Special Operations Wing. When the 8th SOS moved to Duke Field, I oversaw MC-130E flying training for active duty and reserve aircrews working with the 19 SOS. I will use my skills and abilities to support the ACA mission.
• Joseph Mast, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
I am extremely pleased to submit my nomination to serve on the Air Commando Association (ACA) Board of Directors (BoD). Please consider me as a volunteer to serve on the ACA BOD.
I feel I am uniquely qualified to serve on the ACA BoD and I would be honored to do so. I served in special operations under 23rd Air Force and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). While active duty, I served as a Sensors Maintenance Technician, NCOIC Maintenance Control, Deputy Commander for Maintenance (DCM) Acquisition and Logistics Manager, 20th Special Operation Squadron Specialist Branch Chief, and 352nd Special Operations Group Command Chief Master Sergeant. I have a comprehensive understanding of the Air Commando mission, the people, and families serving the command. I also have a great knowledge of the many successes and unfortunately infrequent failures that Air Commandos’ have endured.
I spent many years in the command supporting Air Commando personnel and their families. I supported our people in the capacity as friend, supervisor, branch chief, Chief Master Sergeant, and Command Chief Master Sergeant.
I am currently serving as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board for the Air Force Enlisted Village and previously as a Board Member. I was also the Vice President of the Hurlburt Field Chiefs Group on two occasions. I am a Lifetime member of the Air Force Association, Air Commando Association, and Hurlburt Field Chiefs Group.
Again, it would me my honor to serve on the ACA Board of Directors for this prestigious organization.
• Louis "Lou" Orrie, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
Louis “Lou” Orrie served for 30 years on active duty from Oct 1986-2016. He started out as a weapons troop for six years in USAFE, then joined AFSOC when he became a MH-53J/M PaveLow Gunner, serving in that capacity for 13 years then as a MH-60G PaveHawk Gunner for two years. It was at this time he became a C-17A Loadmaster, serving in that capacity for 3.5 years before becoming a Group Superintendent in PACAF for two years. Lou was then hired to be a Command Chief at McGuire AFB with the 305th AMW and Lackland AFB with the 37th TRW. He finished his career back in AFSOC serving on the staff as the Command Functional Manager and A3 Superintendent. Lou deployed in support of numerous operations and contingencies, spending 10+ years deployed out of 30.
Lou brings a wealth of knowledge regarding not only the SOF world, but that of multiple major commands and varying levels of responsibility. He would leverage that experience as an ACA BoD member to propel the association to all new levels. Lou is a hard charging individual who does not accept failure and will devote the same type of effort to the ACA that he did while serving on active duty. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Security Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis through Northeastern University. He is married to a wonderful woman of nearly 20 years with three children and five grandchildren.
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