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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 May 30, 2019

Our next Membership Meeting is Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Filippi's Bar and Restaurant in Kearny Mesa. The address is 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123.

Our guest speaker for the May 30th general meeting is Lt. Col Robert Welch, a Critical Care Flight nurse with the 163rd Medical Group, March Air Reserve Base, CA Air National Guard.

Lt. Col Welch was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT).  He is currently a CCATT instructor for National Guard Bureau (NGB) serving as an exercise planner for Patriot, Northern Strike and Global Guardian missions. 

Lt. Col Welch will brief us on his 30 plus years experiences in MEDEVAC operations for both active and Air National Guard tours.

As usual, the Social time will start at 6:00 pm and with the meeting and dinner beginning at 6:30pm.

Hope to see you there.


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CyberPatriot XI Results

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in CyberPatriot XI during the 2018-2019 competition. Special congratulations go to the 7 teams that competed in the National Finals in Baltimore, MD in April.

For the second year in a row, 7 teams from San Diego were selected to go to the Finals, and they did fantastic. Their performance is likely unmatchable in the near future.

The All Services Division National Champion is the Byte Sized Falcons AFJROTC team from Scripps Ranch High School (H.S.). They were also the AT&T Mobile Device contest winner. All three Middle School (M.S.) teams invited to the Finals were from San Diego. The Middle School National Champion is the CyberAegis Chaos team from Oak Valley M.S. This is the second National Championship for Oak Valley and the third in 4 years. Placing 2nd was the CyberAegis Kronos team from the Design 39 Campus, and they also won the M.S. Cisco Networking Challenge. Placing 3rd was the CyberAegis Aether team from Oak Valley M.S. In the Open Division, the 3rd Place team was the CyberAegis Chobani team from Del Norte H.S.

Chapter 118 is extremely proud of all of the team members, and we are looking forward to another great competition for CyberPatriot XII. Registration is open at www.uscyberpatriot.org.


16th Annual AFA & ROTC "Aztec Shoot-Out Scholarship Golf Tournament

Thanks for joining us for our 16th Annual golf tournament on Friday, April 5th 2019 to benefit scholarships supporting the young men and women cadets of Detachment 75 of the Reserve Officers Training Program (AFROTC) at San Diego State University.

The tournament raised over $12,000 to support scholarships for these cadets in need of our support to help them with daily expenses. We had just over 70 registered golfers that enjoyed cool conditions. We had some early drizzle just before the tournament got under way but gave way to dry conditions for the rest of the day. Afterwards we had our post tournament dinner with a presentation ceremony and silent auction.

We want to thank everyone who came out and supported our tournament and AFROTC cadets. If you couldn't make it this year, look out for our tournament announcement for April 2020.

See images from the tournament here


The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Quarterly Meeting

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society, San Diego Lindbergh Chapter, would like to invite you to our quarterly meeting at the Club House at Admiral Baker Golf Course. Our March meeting was a great success and all found the speaker entertaining and the drawing was fun for all, especially the winners.

The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 with an 1100 social hour and lunch at noon. There is a full bar available just outside the door with beer, wine and mixed drinks. Our lunch will be a plated lunch of the Chef's choice so there is no choice needed. We will be served chicken,
beef or fish including the entree vegetables and rice or potatoes. If you prefer, you can order a Pasta
Vegetarian selection when you make your reservation.

We are excited to announce our speaker will be Christina Olds, author and daughter of famed fighter pilot Robin Olds. See over for her biography. Her book is titled "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds". Christina's speech includes a fascinating power point presentation. It's not sure how many books she will be bringing so you may want to go online and purchase one, to bring with you as she will be autographing books.

You will also have a chance to win special items that will be available for you to view and donate for tickets to perhaps take home a fun gift or special keepsake. General Cardenas is one of our biggest contributors of signed memorabilia and they are always very special. Proceeds from the drawing support our Chapter treasury.

We will again be reading the DFC citation of one of our members. Please invite friends and family to share this fun event with you and your fellow aviators to tell your almost true stories, toast all our heroes and hear a great speaker. Proceeds from the drawings go to support our Chapter's
treasury.

Please reply no later than June 4th to secure your reservation with the caterer.

Telephone Reservation: Linda Stull - 858-692-7630
E-mail Reservation : Linda Stull – [email protected]
Mail Reservation DFCS/SDL,  P.O. Box 191148, San Diego, CA 92119


Teachers of the Year

Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118 has selected two educators for this year’s Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award.

Mrs. Debbie Romero a mathematics teacher at Pacific Coast Christian Prep (PCCP) was selected as our middle school TOY. Mrs. Romero teaches Math 6, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. Mrs. Romero was selected based on other innovative approach to keeping students interested in mathematics.

Our High School Teacher of the Year is Col. Vincent Lostetter. He is the primary instructor and commander of the Vista High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). Col. Lostetter has built multiple flight simulators in his classroom, worked with students on how to build a flight plan and most importantly has given students the opportunity to experience real time in the air with the Civil Air Patrol.


Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Tour

On March 2nd 2019 members of San Diego Chapter 118 – Air Force Association braved wind and rain to visit Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU-5) at Camp Pendleton. The members received a briefing on the mission of the unit and the capabilities of the equipment. Next – was a visit to a hanger and a chance to climb aboard the machine.

Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU 5) is the United States Navy's Pacific operating unit for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). Headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, their mission is transporting, ship-to-shore and across the beach, personnel, weapons, equipment, and cargo of the assault elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. ACU-5 has over 400 sailors, organized in five departments. A part of the United States Pacific Fleet, ACU-5 administratively reports to Commander, Naval Beach Group 1, a part of Expeditionary Strike Group 3. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_Craft_Unit_5)

The Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) is a high-speed, over-the-beach, fully amphibious landing craft capable of carrying a 60-75 ton payload. It is used to transport the weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force from ship to shore and across the beach. LCAC can carry heavy payloads, such as an M-1 tank, at high speeds. The LCAC payload capability and speed combine to significantly increase the ability of the Marine Ground Element to reach the shore. Air cushion technology allows this vehicle to reach more than 70 percent of the world's coastline, while only about 15 percent of that coastline is accessible by conventional landing craft.

To get a better feel of the LCAC we traveled to the aircraft ramp and boarded a rainswept LCAC to learn more about the operation and capabilities.

We appreciated the time taken by the members of the unit that provided our tour. They took time from a free day for them to show us their flying machines.


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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.