Category Archives: ACA Blog

2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

Air Commandos and ACA Members, Please join the Air Force Special Operations family in congratulating this year’s Air Commando Hall of Fame Inductees.  The Class of 2020 is comprised of the following special operations legends: Col Dennis Barnett, USAF Retired Lt Col Bernie Frakes, USAF Retired Maj Gen Richard Haddad, USAF Retired Maj Gen Mike…
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Save the Date! 8 Sep for SOF Stories:Live

SAVE THE DATE: 8 Sep @ 1200 EDT SOF Stories: The Immediate Aftermath of 9/11 will be a live virtual event brought to you by Global SOF Foundation. The SOF: Stories Live feature current and former SOF will share their views on important moments in SOF History. Don't miss the inaugural SOF Stories on 8…
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Leonard “Len” Anthony Butler

Leonard "Len" Anthony Butler, Colonel, USAF (ret.), resident of O'Fallon, Ill., passed away peacefully at Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea, Ill., on his 80th birthday, July 23, 2020. Born in Baltimore City, Md., Len was the youngest of three boys who grew up camping, swimming, visiting Ocean City, attending Catholic School, and getting into…
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ACA Postpones 2020 Annual Convention

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic especially with recent increases in cases, the Executive Committee convened and sent a recommendation to the Board of Directors (BoD) to postpone the October 2020 Annual Reunion/Convention/Symposium. The BoD unanimously approved the recommendation. It saddens us that in 2020 we were not able to celebrate AFSOC’s 30th Anniversary or pay…
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Holiday Hours

In observance of Independence Day, the ACA office will be closed this Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6th, and will reopen Tuesday, July 7th. Due to the current health concerns regarding Covid-19 in the state of Florida, we regret to inform you that the ACA will not be hosting our annual July 4th Holiday…
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Dick Cole-Last Doolittle Raider Funeral Postponed

The ACA has received an update on information for the last Doolittle Raider Col Dick Cole's funeral arrangements and the Doolittle Cup Ceremony. The Cole family has requested 16 Apr 2021 as the new date. If approved, they will hold the cup ceremony on the 18th of Apr 2021. Click here for photos of Dick…
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Col James Kyle 1932-2020

James H. Kyle "Jim" Colonel, USAF (Ret) passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 in Honolulu, HI. Professionally, Jim (also known as "Kimo" among his buddies) will be remembered for his leadership and ingenuity in the development and tactics incorporating infrared lighting and night vision devices in support of Special Operations Forces. He was awarded…
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Nominate an Air Commando

Nominations for the Air Commando Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are due NLT 31 Jul! Air Commandos, you served with teammates who made a significant impact to the mission and people of Air Force special operations across all eras. You may be one of a very few who know of their contributions. Submit a…
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Hurlburt Field Access Update

Attention Retirees! The following memo was sent to us from ACA member Col (Ret) Terry Jensen, who is the Director of Hurlburt Retiree Activities Office. He was kind enough to inform the ACA of the latest update from 1 SOW Commander, Col Conley. As of 1 June 2020 the following is in effect: - Hurlburt…
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ACA Headquarters Building Reopening

We will reopen the ACA headquarters building on 1 June. All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines put in place by the governor of Florida. The Commando Store will also be open, plus you can order online at www.store.aircommando.org/ starting 1 June.
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