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

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General Membership Meeting Thursday, September 26, 2019

Our next Membership Meeting is Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Filippi's Bar and Restaurant in Kearny Mesa. The address is 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123. Our meeting begins at 6pm

Our guest speaker is Colonel Vinny Lostetter (USAF, Retired).

He is the Senior Air Science Instructor for the Vista H. S. AFJROTC program, and he is also our current High School Teacher of the Year.


Air Force Anniversary Celebration at the Chula Vista Veterans Home.

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The Annual Air Force Birthday celebration at the Veterans Home of CA Chula Vista
will be held on Saturday 21 September starting at 1100.

This joint Air Force Sergeants Association and Air Force Association outing provides our members an opportunity to visit with veterans of WW II, Korea and Viet Nam. ROTC cadets from Detachment 075 have to opportunity of receiving history stories from the individuals who lived it.

The Veterans Home of CA Chula Vista is located at 700 E Naples Ct, Chula Vista, CA 91911. Click here for a map. Please sign in at the front desk.

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CyberPatriot XII Update

As of August 27th, 2953 teams had registered for the CyberPatriot XII Competition. This includes 70 teams from San Diego.

If you have children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren in middle or high school, there is still time for them to start and register a team. Registration for the 2019-2020 Competition closes a midnight on October 2nd.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, at [email protected].


AFROTC Detachment 075 Updates

In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, Det. 075 at San Diego State University welcomed a new commander.

Colonel John Grimm comes to Det 075 from the 90th Security Forces Group at F. E. Warren AFB, WY where he was the Group Commander.

Colonel Grimm is a Security Forces expert and has commanded at both the squadron and group levels both in the U. S. and overseas.

He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Welcome Colonel Grimm.

His predecessor, Colonel Dennis Tucker, retired and accepted a new position as the Senior Air Science Instructor at Scripps Ranch H. S. AFJROTC.

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Colonel John Grimm, AFTROC Det 075 Commander


Renaming AFA Chapter 118

From time to time over the last several years, the Chapter Executive Committee (EXCOM) has discussed renaming the Chapter to honor and recognize a local Air Force hero.

In June we selected our local hero, Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas, USAF, Retired. Some of you likely know General Cardenas, and many of you have probably him speak to any number of organizations in San Diego.

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General Cardenas flew B-17s in World War II, commanded a fighter wing during the Vietnam Conflict, tested many unique aircraft as a test pilot, and flew the launch aircraft for Chuck Yeagers first supersonic flight. More recently he led the project establish the Miramar National Veterans Cemetery.

General Cardenas is currently 99 years old but still manages to attend functions of many organizations.

More to follow about the AFA Brigadier General Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter.


Chapter Constitution and By-Laws Update

One of the activities required to change our Chapter name is to update our Constitution and By-Laws. The most recent document AFA National has refers to us as the San Diego Squadron, California Wing, Air Force Association. Obviously, a lot has changed since this document. The Constitution and By-Laws must be approved by the Chapter members.

Therefore, at our meeting on September 26th, we will vote to approve the new document. All current Chapter members present are eligible to vote. If interested, please review the document which will be added here on our website within the next week by 9/15/2019.

Please send any edits to our Chapter Secretary, Tom Pickerell, at [email protected] and President Dick Jeffreys at [email protected] by September 19th.


Officer Elections

At our September General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 26th, we will elect officers for the 2019-2021 Business Years. We will meet at Filippis 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 here and on our website.

The people running for office are Dick Jeffreys, President; Gene Alfaro, Vice President; Tom Pickerell, Secretary; and Jack Porath, Treasurer. In accordance with our new Constitution and By-Laws, the election will be for 2 years.

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, [email protected] or 858.829.3799 (leave a voicemail).


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