Category Archives: ACA Blog

Desert One Loadmaster Challenges

By CMSgt (Ret) Taco Sanchez This article was first published Nov 2013 in the Air Commando Journal, Vol 2, Issue 4 page 20. One of the major requirements we needed to solve was how to refuel the helicopters at Desert One. The USMC RH-53s were not equipped for aerial refueling. In the months before the…
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Reflections on Operations RICE BOWL/EAGLE CLAW

The Night Two Plan By Bob Meller, Lt Col, USAF (Retired) This article was first published Nov 2013 in the Air Commando Journal, Vol 2, Issue 4 page 24. It was April 1980, and my crew was at Wadi Kena, Egypt, waiting for word of how the Night One insertion of the joint task force…
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Secret Preparations for Eagle Claw

By Tom Bradley, Col, USAF (Retired) This article was first published Nov 2013 in the Air Commando Journal, Vol 2, Issue 4 page 23. The MC-130Es (Combat Talon) assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) were involved in the Desert One mission from the very beginning of 1980. From early January until mid-April, 3…
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Operation RICE BOWL

A Crewmember's Perspective By Robert L. Brenci, Col, USAF (Retired) This article was first published Nov 2013 in the Air Commando Journal, Vol 2, Issue 4 page 19. It was just another bright, sunny afternoon in Masirah, an island just off the Arabian Peninsula. Combat Talon MC-130E (#64-0565) was taxiing out to begin a mission…
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Eagle Claw

Also Known As “Desert One”… A Successful Failed Mission By Colonel Roland D Guidry, USAF (Ret.) This article was first published April 2012 in the Air Commando Journal, Vol 1, Issue 3 page 18. I am sick and tired of Eagle Claw being referred to as a disaster, a debacle, a fiasco, etc. Such criticism…
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Congratulations Maj Gen Kirk Smith

Great news, Air Commando MGen Kirk Smith was nominated for his third star and duty as the AFRICOM Deputy! From the USAF Pentagon: GENERAL OFFICER NOMINATIONS May 12, 2020 the president nominated to the Senate the following general officers for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as indicated.... MAJ GEN KIRK W.…
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GivingTuesdayNow 2020

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow--whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts.
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Today is the 40th Anniversary of Eagle Claw

The ACA would like to share the following article today - the 40th Anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw - with our fellow Air Commandos. Men with “The Guts To Try”: Desert One, Iran, April 24, 1980 A remembrance and tribute on the 40th anniversary of a military event. Written by Forrest L. Marion | Friday,…
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Douglas S. Blair 1932 – 2020

Douglas “Doug” S. Blair, 87 of Niceville, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2020. He was born in Carbondale, PA on November 22, 1932 during the depression era. Doug proudly served 29 years in the United States Air Force which included the…
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