The Island Resort 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
October 13 12:30 PM thru October 16 1:00 PM
ACA Convention Accommodations Update - Hotel Rooms Are Going Quickly!
Our previously blocked rooms for the 2022 ACA Convention at The Island are filled. However, there are a few standard rooms still available, but you need to reserve yours asap! IMPORTANT: You are no longer able to book them online with The Island. You will need to call the Island, and ask to speak with Vanessa, the Group Housing Coordinator at 850-337-9194.
Alternate Accommodations: Because we expect those remaining rooms to go quickly too, we have also reserved a block of rooms at the Hurlburt Commando Inn located on Hurlburt Field. Individuals can call the Front Desk and make their own reservation by providing the group confirmation number (see below). Front Desk can be reached 24/7 at 850-884-7115 option 0 (zero)
Hurlburt Commando Inn Group Name: AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION Group Conf. # : 20630100644 Commando Inn Standard room is now $154 and has a queen bed, microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker.
aca convention head quarters
We will be at The Island Resort in Fort Walton Beach this year. Guests must call 850-337-9194 and ask for Vanessa, the Group Housing Coordinator. Mention you are with the Air Commando Association's convention when you reserve your room. DOWNLOAD HOTEL PROPERTY MAP
We are so happy to be back! It has been two long years without seeing our members and fellow Air Commandos and we are ready to celebrate! Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson has generously agreed to be this year's Title Sponsor! We hope you can join us for all the events, from the Thursday Golf Tourney to Sunday's ACA Memorial Ceremony. We have built plenty of time in the schedule for you to enjoy the beautiful Emerald Coast and our famous beaches too! Online registration is now open. If you have any problems registering please contact us at [email protected] or call our office at 850-581-0099.
Annual ACA Heritage Golf Tournament at Rocky Bayou Country Club. Shotgun start at 12:30. Door Prizes, Mulligans, and more at the Club House afterwards. If you haven't played this beautiful course you are in for a pleasant surprise. Enjoy a day of golf, before our annual awards banquet, with your friends on one of the nicest courses on the Emerald Coast. $85 per player
thursday ice breaker
Our Thursday night early bird social is one of the most popular events during our convention. Enjoy heavy hors de dourves, a cash bar, and door prizes !We will be gathering together, meeting old friends and making new ones in the Aruba Room located on the ground floor of The Island Resort. $20 per person
friday - 14th
This year's Heritage Seminar at the Soundside Club on Hurlburt Field, focuses on our amazing Air Commando aircraft maintenance teams. Additionally, we recognize young Air Commando leaders of tomorrow with the presentation of the Commander's Leadership Awards. The ACA Heritage Seminar features a full breakfast during our Commander's Leadership Award presentation. Following the breakfast, we will conduct the ACA's annual business meeting. You must pre-register for this event, no walk-ins accepted. $20 per person Base access is required with a current DoD identification card, please select the option if you need base access to attend this event on Friday morning.
The Friday night fish fry will be outside on The Island Green (unless it rains, then it will be held in the Aruba Room) of The Island Resort. Our very own Ray Bourque and his band of cookers will fry fresh caught fish from the Gulf of Mexico, compliments of Dave Krebs Jr. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches, meet old friends and make new ones. $20 per person
saturday - 15th
aca open house
The ACA headquarters will be open so you can shop the Commando Store, stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee while visiting the Air Commando Association. We are located at 2502 Highway 98 W, Mary Esther, FL 32569. No charge
The annual awards dinner at Emerald Coast Convention Center starts the evening off with a social hour beginning at 5:30. We look forward to recognizing not only the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees but the previous 2020 and 2021 inductees as well. The ACA will also join in the presentation of AFSOC level awards to deserving Air Commandos. Each table will enjoy a complimentary bottle of red and white wines to accompany a full plated dinner. This year the chef will be serving Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs served with Grilled Lemon Prawns over Roasted New Potatoes & Grilled Broccolini, and Triple Mousse Cake for dessert. There will be cash bars available all evening. $75 per person
Attire: Military is Service Dress and civilian attire is semi-formal.
**Free transportation from The Island Resort to the Awards Banquet at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. We will gather at the front of the hotel lobby starting at 5:15 pm. We will also offer free transportation back to the hotel at the end of the evening.
sunday - 16th
aca memorial ceremony
Join us for our last event of the weekend as we gather at the Hurlburt Air Park. "Honoring Air Commandos, who served this nation in the pursuit of something bigger than themselves, and they did so willingly and proudly. They defended their country with their lives. We are honored by their service and their sacrifice and we honor their memory during this solemn gathering." - Corey Fossbender, CMSgt, USAF, Retired No charge
**Free transportation from The Island Resort to the Hurlburt Air Park. We will gather at the front of the hotel lobby starting at 11:15 am. We will also offer free transportation back to the hotel at the end of the ceremony.