“Reunions are like fine wine, they get better with age,” said John Connors of the 27th Air Commando Reunion in Hurlburt/Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Members brought memories, warmth, comradery, sadness and joy. They included their regular ACA Golf Tournament held at Elgin’s Eagle Course. A $10,000 prize for anyone who got a hole-in-one on hole number five went unclaimed.
Friday sizzled with a Fish Fry. The Commandos “Country Store,” open all four days in three different locations for the convenience of reunion attendees, sold t-shirts and other Commando memorabilia.
Their new Air Commando Building headquarters was the focal point of the reunion theme “Home Sweet Home.” They unveiled a Vermont marble dedication stone with the inscription “Dedicated to the Spirit of All Air Commandos, Past, Present and Future – Any Time, Any Place.” In keeping with the reunion theme, twenty-two members were recognized for their outstanding support of the ACA Building Fund. Each of these Commandos or widows contributed from $1,000 to $5,000 to help bring the ACA building from dream to reality.