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2019 ACA Convention

October 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - October 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm CDT

Once again, Air Commandos from all over the world will gather to celebrate, commemorate, and remember their time together in service to this great country. This year we celebrate the 50th year of our Air Commando Association! The ACA was formed by (then) Col Harry C. 'Heinie' Aderholt and a small, but strong group of Air Commandos, committed to keeping not only the spirit of Air Commandos alive but their bond of friendship and servitude to the future of all Air Commandos. We also pay homage to the World War II Chindits. This 75th year marks a tradition of fortitude and determination that started in a far-off land among the Himalayans where Americans took on the impossible task of transporting supplies and troops behind enemy lines, from beyond the planning stages to the mission success! We plan to highlight as much of the history as we can, but we also will bring the people who actually lived the history to participate in our events. So please join us for this annual event and take advantage of the chance to talk and get to know the Air Commandos who started it all and kept Heinie's dream alive!

Please take a few minutes to read the information below before registering. If you are already familiar with all our events and fundraisers, please click here to register now.

The 2019 ACA Heritage Tournament will be at the Shalimar Pointe Golf Club located at 302 Country Club Road, Shalimar, FL 32579. $65 per player, 4 Person Scramble, 0830 Shotgun Start and lunch is provided. We will have Hole-In-One Prizes, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, as well as Mulligans, Door Prizes, and Swag. All proceeds benefit ACA.

We are pleased to announce the location for the 2019 ACA Convention is the Four Points by Sheraton on Okaloosa Island. The Four Points by Sheraton will host two of our events this convention, the Thursday Night Social and the Friday Night Fish Fry. We encourge our out of town members to book rooms with the SheratonMembers may also call 850-243-8116, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm CST to make reservations by phone, mention group Air Commando Association to get your room discount. Hurry, the discounted room rate will only last until September 26th!

Breakfast is available in Paradise Cove Café for purchase and is not included in group room rate. Vouchers will be provided for guests to receive a discounted breakfast buffet at $6 per person plus taxes.

The Commando Store will be available at the Four Points Sheraton during the convention. It will be located in the back pool side area near Paradise Cove. We will be selling limited edition pint glasses, you can choose the 50th Anniversary of the ACA or the 75th Anniversary of the Chindits, or buy both glasses!

ACA 2019 QuiltThe Commando Quilters are back this year, raffling a beautiful patriotic quilt measuring 68 inches x 86 inches. Suggested donation is $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. (Click here for Ticket Donation Form) There is an embroidered label attached to the back with "Air Commando Association October 2019 Convention."
The mission of the Commando Quilters is to provide AFSOC Wounded Warriors a personalized handmade quilt to give comfort and knowledge that others care about their well being. These quilts are personalized with the warrior's name/unit/date embroidered on the back of the quilt, as well as a number for historical purposes.
Please make checks payable to Sherri Hayes c/o Commando Quilters and send to PO Box 7, Mary Esther, FL 32569.
Drawing will be at the ACA Open House on 27 Oct 2019, need not be present to win, must be at least 18 years of age to enter to win. Free shipping to the winner of the quilt.

Below is a complete schedule with details of this year's convention. If you already know the details and want to sign up, please visit our registration page now.
Date Event Time Details
Thurs 24 Oct
Early Bird Social 1700 - 2100 Held at the Four Points Sheraton on Okaloosa Island, Ft Walton Beach, FL. Join us in the Sunshine Palm room for heavy Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Transportation is NOT provided for this event.

Fri 25 Oct
Heritage Seminar 0800-1145 Soundside Club on Hurlburt Field (must have pre-registered, a breakfast buffet included) Topic will highlight the 50th Anniversary of the ACA.

ACA is proud to present the 2019 Commander Leadership Awards prior to the seminar discussion.

Members are encouraged to stay and attend the ACA Annual Membership Business Meeting immediately following the seminar.

Transportation is NOT provided for this event.

Fish Fry 1600-1800 Our favorite outdoor event will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in the Paradise Cove area! ACA members and volunteers will be cooking up some of the best fresh "locally" caught fish for our fish fry!

Transportation is NOT provided for this event.

Sat 26 Oct
Golf Tourney 0830 Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, 302 Country Club Rd, Shalimar, FL 32579
Banquet Social Hour 1730-1900 Held at Emerald Coast Convention Center (Bus Provided from/to Sheraton).

Cash bar available.

Awards Banquet 1900-2130 The Annual Awards Banquet will be at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Dinner Choices:
6 oz. Seared Flat Iron Steak with
Mushroom Parmesan Cream
Smashed Red Potatoes
Chef's Choice Seasonal Vegetables
-- OR --
8 oz. Pan Seared Airline Chicken Breast
Blistered Tomato & Fennel Ragout
Tuscan Orzo
Chef's Choice Seasonal Vegetables

Dress: Civilian is semi-formal and military is service dress.

Transportation IS provided for this event (Bus from/to Sheraton).

Sun 27 Oct
ACA Open House 0900-1100 We will host an ACA open house at our building located on 2502 Hwy 98, Mary Esther, Florida. Come for a cup of coffee and visit with other members before our Memorial Ceremony.

Transportation is NOT provided for this event.

Memorial 1200-1300 We are honored to gather at the Hurlburt Air Park, on Hurlburt Field once again to pay our respects to our fellow comrades. There will a bus provided to/from Four Points Sheraton for those that require a sponsor to access the base. You must select the Sunday bus service on the registration form to get your name submitted for base entry.

Transportation IS provided for this event.

1300 The 2019 ACA Convention ends.
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October 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm CDT
October 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm CDT


Four Points at Sheraton
1325 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 United States
(850) 243-8116



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