The Jolly Green Association (JGA), a non-profit U.S. Air Force veterans’ organization, was established in 1969. The term “Jolly Green Giant” was the nickname of the HH-3E Sikorsky helicopter, and its successor the HH-53 “Super Jolly Green Giant,” flown to rescue downed airmen in Southeast Asia. The Jolly Green membership meets annually for a reunion and business meeting at the beautiful Ramada Plaza Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The JGA consists of Air Force veterans, retirees and active duty members from throughout the USAF combat search and rescue (CSAR) and special operations forces (SOF) community. Members must currently be flying or have flown as a crewmember (officer or enlisted) in a Jolly Green unit or a helicopter unit with a primary or secondary mission of rescue.
The Jolly Green Association awards a number of academic scholarships annually to dependents of members of the CSAR/SOF community. In addition, an annual Jolly Green Association “Mission of the Year” award is presented to the aircrew(s) that performed the most significant mission of the year.
The 49th Jolly Green Association reunion is scheduled for 3-5 May 2018 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.