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President: Dick Jeffreys
Vice President - Gene Alfaro
Secretary – Tom Pickerell
Treasurer Jack Porath

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Upcoming Events

Air Force 71st Anniversary Celebration at the Chula Vista Veterans Home

Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118 and the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1365 will be hosting an Air Force Anniversary Party at the Chula Vista Veterans Home to celebrate the US Air Force's 71st Anniversary on Saturday, September 15, 2018. This is an annual event for the Chapter and one we all look forward to.

This is a great time to hear some first-hand, personal oral history from our older veterans, some going back to their experiences in the Second World War. They have lots of amazing stories to tell, many that you probably have never heard before. This event is always well supported by the AFROTC cadets of Detachment 075 at SDSU.

While there aren't many Air Force veterans living at the Vets Home in Chula Vista, it gives those that are a chance to showcase their service heritage. This will be our 11th year of co-hosting the day with the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1365 and their Auxiliary.

The event begins at 11:00 am. The Veterans Home address is 700 E. Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA 91911. There is also a map available on our website at http://sandiegoafa.org.

Please contact Gene Alfaro by phone at 619.934.6617 or by email at gene_alfaro@cox.net if you have questions.


General Membership Meeting & Officer Elections: September 27, 2018

At our September General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 27, we will elect officers for the 2018-2019 Business Year.

We will meet at Filippi's Pizza Restaurant and Bar on Kearny Villa Road at 6:00 pm. The address is 5353 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123. There is also a map on our website.

The people currently running for office this year are Dick Jeffreys, President; Gene Alfaro, Vice President; Tom Pickerell, Secretary; and Jack Porath, Treasurer.

All current Chapter members present are eligible to vote. Nominations will be accepted from the floor as long as the person being nominated is either present to accept his or her nomination or the nomination has previously been coordinated with Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, rjeffreys2@san.rr.com or 858.829.3799 (leave a voicemail).

  • Sept 2: Air Force Day with the San Diego Padres
  • Sept 15: Air Force 71st Anniversary Celebration at the Chula Vista Veterans Home
  • Sept 27: General Membership Meeting & Officer Elections

Our next General Membership Meeting will be at Filippi's Pizza in Kearney Mesa. The meeting begins at 6pm.

Our guest speaker for this meeting is CAPT Joseph R. Buzzella, Jr. United States Coast Guard

Captain Buzzella is the Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of San Diego, California. In this role, he is responsible for leading operations to ensure maritime safety, security, and environmental protection.

Captain Joseph R. Buzzella, Jr. hails from Miami, Florida. After completing Coast Guard Enlisted Basic Training at Cape May, New Jersey in 1986, he was assigned to Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida. He is a 1988 graduate of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and a 1992 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and an officer commission.

Captain Buzzella has accumulated over 3400 flight hours. He has held Instructor Pilot ratings in both the HU-25A and MH-65C aircraft and an Airborne Use of Force Aircraft Commander designation in the MH-65C helicopter. He also holds FAA fixed and rotary wing airline transport pilot credentials.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

With a hero's welcome, the Gary Sinise Foundation brought WWII veterans and their guardians to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. One-of-a-kind experience that included a tour of this incredible museum, as well as entertainment, celebratory meals and an opportunity for community with their fellow veterans.

Our chapter has over 800 members in the San Diego area. Our purpose is to be the force behind the force in our local community.

We support the people and the missions of the local Air Force units in San Diego. We also support retired Air Force members locally providing a valuable link to the Air Force and its global mission.

Our members are a positive force in the community supporting local schools and students. We meet the last Thursday of every second month, usually at Filippi's Pizza.

Our meetings are open to all members and prospective members. We hope you can become involved with your local Air Force Association Chapter.