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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

68th Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade 2024

Ahoy Matey! Tis’ the Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade, recorded live on May 20, 2024 on Eglin Pkwy in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Brought to you by the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and Step One Automotive Group. Enjoy!

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

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.


Get more information here!

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

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