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Catalyst of Growth Summit 2024

Watch the livestreams of both the morning and afternoon session of the 2024 “Catalyst of Growth Summit” presented at the Bayview Center on Eglin Air Force Base on April 4, 2024.


Morning Session

Opening Remarks from 96 Test Wing Commander, Brigadier General Jeffrey Geraghty

1st Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force, Roger Towberman, Retired

Barbara Britt, Motivational Speaker & Life Coach

Command Chief, Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Chief Master Sergeant Joshua Lackey


Afternoon Session

Senior Master Sergeant Breyson Robinson

Erik Harris, NFL Safety and Founder, Having Faith

Chief Master Sergeant Jason Barnshaw, Retired, Founder of Catalyst of Development Enterprise

Closing Remarks from 96th Test Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Pease


Event Hosted by AFSA Chapter 554
Date: 04 April 2024
Time: 0800-1700
(Doors Open at 0800. Please be seated and in-place for the event to start at 0815)
Location: Eglin Bayview Event Center
Address: 1018 Boatner Rd, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542


Our Mission is to deliver a 1-day event filled with life and leadership lessons from inspirational speakers who are passionate about investing their time in your growth and development.

Our Vision is to illuminate that investing in yourself is the most altruistic thing you can do. Finding the spark to ignite your growth allows you to become a flame for others. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller

Our Motto: Ignite your personal and professional growth.

Our Slogan: BE THE CATALYST!

Get more information here!

2nd Annual ODA-595 Horse Soldiers Reunion 2023

On October 21, 2023, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2nd Annual ODA 595 Horse Soldiers Reunion at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds.

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.

(if you’re interested in checking out the Inaugural Reunion video from 2022, click here)


Eleven 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

Staff Sergeant Pete Walther – Engineer Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Steve Bleigh—Medical Sergeant

Sergeant First Class Vince Makela – Communications Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Will Summers– Communications Sergeant

Staff Sergeant USAF Steve E. Tomat – Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)


Ted Corcoran, CEO of the FWB Chamber, was Master of Ceremony. “This event is not merely an occasion. Ti’s a profound journey, a homage and a celebration of American tenacity and unity. Dive into history. Honor both Air Force and Army legends.”

The National Anthem was presented by Voices of Northwest Florida from Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida

The Invocation was provided by Chaplain (Capt) Steven Richardson, USAF, from Hurlburt Field, Florida

The first guest speaker was Captain Joseph Mulholland, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin AFB, Florida, who presented a statement from his father, Lt Gen John Mulholland (retired), a former Associate Director for Military Affairs at the CIA.

The second guest speaker was Col Kurt Buller, USAF (retired), a former Special Tactics Officer, who provided an insight into the operations in Afghanistan after 911.

The third guest speaker was Col Alison Black, USAF, Commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, also know as the voice of the Angel of Death during the initial operations in Afghanistan.

The featured guest speaker was Lt General Marshall Brad Webb, USAF (retired), former Commander, USAF Special Operations Command

The final presentation was provided by Lt Col Rich Cole, USAF (retired), Former USAF Pilot, Son of Dolittle Raiders’ Lt Col Dick Cole. He provided some background and noted the similarities between the mission of ODA 595 and the Dolittle Raiders, as well as recognize several key personal from both operations who are no longer with us today.


In 2022, special commemorative canteen cup were 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.


A representative from each event sponsor was given the honor to present the personalized cup to each member of the ODA 595 Horse Soldier team.

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


2024 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Basketball Championships

Watch the LIVE STREAM of the 2024 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament at the Northwest Florida State College as the top Men’s and Women’s basketball teams from across the state of Florida battle it out to determine who will go the the 2024 NJCAA National Championships.

Scroll down below to find the specific game dates or use the links below:

Men’s Playoff Games – March 13, 2024
Game #1 – #2 Daytona vs #7 Tallahassee – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT
Game #2 – #3 Chipola vs #6 Indian River – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT
Game #3 – #1 Eastern Florida vs #8 Hillsborough – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT
Game #4 – #4 Northwest Florida vs #5 Florida Southwestern – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT

Women’s Playoff Games – March 14, 2024
Game #1 – #2 Northwest Florida vs #7 Florida Southwestern – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT
Game #2 – #3 Eastern Florida vs #6 Hillsborough – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT
Game #3 – #1 Gulf Coast vs #8 Santa Fe – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT
Game #4 – #4 Chipola vs #5 Indian River – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT

Men’s Semi-Final Games – March 15, 2024
Game #5 – Tallahassee vs Chipola – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT
Game #6 – Eastern Florida vs Northwest Florida – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT

Women’s Semi-Final Games – March 15, 2024
Game #5 – Northwest Florida vs Eastern Florida – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT
Game #6 – Gulf Coast vs Chipola – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT

Championship Games – March 16, 2024
Men’s Championship Game – Chipola vs Northwest Florida – 2pm CDT / 3pm EDT
Women’s Championship Game – Northwest Florida vs Gulf Coast – 4:30pm CDT / 5:30pm EDT


Men’s Playoff Games – March 13, 2024

Game #1 – #2 Daytona vs #7 Tallahassee – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT

Game #2 – #3 Chipola vs #6 Indian River – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT

Game #3 – #1 Eastern Florida vs #8 Hillsborough – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT

Game #4 – #4 Northwest Florida vs #5 Florida Southwestern – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT


Women’s Playoff Games – March 14, 2024

Game #1 – #2 Northwest Florida vs #7 Florida Southwestern – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT

Game #2 – #3 Eastern Florida vs Hillsborough – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT

Game #3 – #1 Gulf Coast vs #8 Santa Fe – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT

Game #4 – #4 Chipola vs Indian River – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT


Men’s Semi-Final Games – March 15, 2024

Game #5 – Tallahassee vs Chipola – 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT

Game #6 – Eastern Florida vs Northwest Florida – 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT


Women’s Semi-Final Games – March 15, 2024

Game #5 – Northwest Florida vs Eastern Florida – 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT

Game #6 – Gulf Coast vs Chipola – 8pm CDT / 9pm EDT


Championship Games – March 16, 2024

Men’s Championship Game – Chipola vs Northwest Florida – 2pm CDT / 3pm EDT

Women’s Championship Game – Northwest Florida vs Gulf Coast – 4:30pm CDT / 5:30pm EDT


If you have an event you would like to be available for online viewing, contact Emerald Coast TV at 850-244-7100.

67th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival – May 18-22, 2023

 

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is an event that takes place the 3rd weekend in May in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It kicks off with a Children’s Meet & Greet on Thursday night. On Friday evening, the Krewe of Bowlegs sail up to The Landing park and attempts to negotiate a surrender of the city with the Mayor, who puts up a good fight, and they promise to return the following day The city celebrates its victory with a fireworks show. On Saturday, Capitan Billy Bowlegs returns with the entire Krewe of Bowlegs to capture the city and then pass out booty (beads) to the crowd. After a day of rest from the pillaging, Capt Billy & his krewe sails off on the Blackhawk ship float during the Torchlight Parade on Eglin Parkway on Monday evening.

This is the replay of the parade on May 22, 2023.

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


24th Annual South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic

Jim McMahon, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Wayne Garrett, Don Nottingham, Joe West, and many many more current and former sports celebrity participate in this annual charity golf tournament at the Raven & Baytowne golf course in the Sandestin Resort of Walton County, Florida. This program debuted on FoxSports Sun on January 29, 2021.

To provide your own donations to this year’s tournament charity, the Veterans Lodge, go to www.VeteransLodge.org .

Executive Producer: Charlie Haje
Producer: RJ Murdock
Associate Producer: Kelli Carter, Visit South Walton TDC
Host: Ted Corcoran
Camera Crew: Max Murdock, Matthew Mitchell, Ranon Jollie, RJ Murdock
Editor: RJ Murdock
Assistant Editor: Max Murdock

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