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Okaloosa County 2024 Candidates Forum

Watch the live stream HD REPLAY of the Okaloosa County 2024 Candidates Forum on June 27, 2024 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium at 5pm. Candidates invited are running for the Okaloosa County Commissioners Districts 1, 3 & 5; the Okaloosa County School Board #2; and the Okaloosa County Sheriff. The Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce and ECAR Emerald Coast Association of Realtors are hosting this event.

Chapter Points:
0:00:09 Welcome
0:02:31 Supervisor of Elections – Paul Lux
0:06:29 Panel Introduction
0:08:09 School Board District #2 Candidates
0:36:18 School Board Candidates Closing Statements
0:41:02 County Commissioners District #1, #3, & #5
1:45:45 County Commissioner Candidates Closing Statements
1:56:51 County Sheriff Candidates
2:28:36 Sheriff Candidates Closing Statements

69th Krewe of Billy Bowlegs Coronation Pageant 2024

The 69th Krewe of Billy Bowlegs Coronation Pageant as Captain Billy Bowlegs 68th, his Queen, and his Honor Guard bid farewell and welcome the 69th Captain & Krewe. The coronation will take place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida on June 8, 2024, at 6:30 pm.



Catch up with last year’s 2023 coronation here

68th Krewe of Bowlegs Coronation Pageant

 

The 68th Krewe of Billy Bowlegs Coronation Pageant as Captain Billy Bowlegs 67th, his Queen and his Honor Guard bid farewell and welcome the 68th Captain & Krewe. The coronation took place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on June 10, 2023 at 6:30pm.

Catch up with last year’s 2022 coronation here

Inaugural ODA 595 Horse Soldiers Reunion 2022

On October 22, 2022, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the Inaugural ODA 595 Horse Soldiers Reunion at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds.  Ted Corcoran, CEO of the FWB Chamber, was Master of Ceremony.

Below is a replay video of the event. If you have a Smart TV, search for and install the VidFlow app to watch this video on your big screen TV. This video player also also you to select chapter points to specific speakers and presentations.


Ten of the original 12 members of ODA 595 were in attendance for this inaugural reunion event.

Captain Mark Nutsch – Detachment Commander

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bob Pennington – Assistant Detachment Commander

Master Sergeant Paul Evans – Team and Operations Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Andy Marchal – Intelligence Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Steve Kofron.  – Weapons Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Mike Elmore – Weapons Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Chad Jacklet– Engineer Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Steve Bleigh—Medical Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Vince Makela – Communications Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Will Summers– Communications Sergeant

Not in Attendance:

  • Staff Sergeant USAF Steve E. Tomat – Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)
  • Staff Sergeant USAF Joseph Matt Lienhard– Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller from Special Tactics Squadron

Several prominent guest speakers included Florida House District #4 representative Patt Maney, former CIA Directorate of Operations officer Alex Hernandez, former USAF Chief of Staff for a Theater Special, retired Col Glenn Thomas, and the son of Doolittle Raiders Col Dick Cole, Richard Cole.

   

A special commemorative canteen cup was created by the Bohlin Company and presented to each member of ODA 595 in honor and recognition of their heroic actions in America’s first response against the Taliban after the 911 attack.


This event was made possible through the support of several local community sponsors.

If you are interested in learning more about ODA 595 as well as other stories about America’s 1st response to the 911 attacks, check out these sources:

First Casualty by Toby Harnden
First Casualty by Toby Harnden


Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton


Swords of Lightning – Green Beret Horse Soldiers and America’s Response to 911

12 Strong – The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers


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