Category Archives: Members-Only Blog

Remembering Joyce Harrington

Ms. Joyce Harrington was truly one of the most dedicated volunteers of the Air Commando Association. With over 12 years logged as the Commando Store Manager, volunteering at countless social events, and helping hundreds of members during her time with us, we will miss Joyce deeply. Joyce always had a warm smile and a sincere…
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Air Park/Air Commando Heritage Event

 ACA members from the local Fort Walton Beach area gathered on a beautiful June morning to informally speak to groups of AFSOC aircrew students about their experiences flying on AFSOC platforms & what it means to be an Air Commando. This was a squadron-level heritage event geared towards developing AFSOC aircrew students and the theme…
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Groundbreaking AFSOC pilot retires

U.S. Air Force Col. Shelley Woodworth, formerly Col. Rodriguez, retired after almost 29 years of dedicated service to the United States Air Force and Air Force Special Operations Command on Nov. 23, 2020. Woodworth was the first female pilot in AFSOC, flying the MC-130P/J Combat Shadow, and went on to a distinguished career as a command pilot with over 3,500 flying hours, serving in Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, EAGLE GUARD, NORTHERN…
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MH-53M wash day!

A dedicated group from the Pave Low community showed up at the Armament Museum located in Shalimar, FL on a beautiful spring day in May to wash the MH-53M. It was one hour of washing followed by 1 hour of war stories. Chester Fleming was the ringleader and attracted the likes of Steve Connelly, Dave…
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ACA at 58 SOW Professional Organization Day

The 58th SOW hosted a professional organization day. As part of building leaders and professionals grounded in their community’s culture the 58th took the opportunity to expose their team to professional and helping organizations. For this first iteration the Wing had the Air Commando Association, Air Force Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of…
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ACA Welcomes New Members Mar 2021

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Meet the new ACJ Editor-in-Chief

Air Commando Journal Vol 9/Issue 3 Paul Harmon, Colonel, USAF (Ret) Happy New Year from the Air Commando Association and Air Commando Journal staff! 2020 was a challenge, and as you know by now, the annual ACA Convention and many other events were cancelled because of Covid-19. Rest assured, your Air Commando Association is working…
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Farewell Message from ACJ Editor

Dear Members and Readers, Almost 10 years ago, ACA set out on an endeavor that many did not think would succeed; we launched the inaugural edition of the Air Commando Journal. This edition is the 30th....a great milestone. When we started, we had three primary players to give it a go. Rick Newton was our…
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Former ACA President honored at Gathering of Eagles

  We are proud to announce the Gathering of Eagles Program at Air Command Staff College is honoring CMSgt (Ret) Wayne Norrad, former ACA President, as a 2021 Eagle for his notable career contributions to aviation and special operations. Chief Norrad is invited to the 40th annual Gathering of Eagles (GOE) event occurring 23-26 May,…
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Special Tactics Airman to be awarded the Air Force Cross

SSgt Alaxey Germanovich Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett will be presenting the Air Force Cross to a Special Tactics Airman during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. MST at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Dec.10, 2020. SSgt Alaxey Germanovich, an ST combat controller with the 26th STS, will be awarded the nation’s second…
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