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Chapter Leadership

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

About AFA

Invitation to Chapter Members: Special Chapter Meeting on January 30th

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In November 2019, the Air Force Association (AFA) approved a name change for what used to be Chapter 118 San Diego. This happens rarely. We requested the change to honor Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas (USAF, Retired) for his stellar Air Force career and his years of work to establish the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. Therefore, as you know, we are now the Brigadier General Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter.

General Cardenas will be 100 years old in March 2020 and gets out on a limited basis. We had planned to have a larger event and invite more people; however, when he told us this weekend that he was planning on coming to our next Chapter membership meeting, we decided to change our focus and recognize General Cardenas and our name change at the meeting.

You are invited to join us at Filippi's Restaurant & Bar, 5353 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, 92123, at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Space is limited and we expect more people to attend. In addition to honoring General Cardenas, we still will have the speaker we previously told you about, Lieutenant Don Redmond of the Chula Vista Police Department. The meeting should end about 8:30.

We will have our normal meal of pizza and salad. The cost will be $10. Beer, wine, and other adult drinks will be available for an additional cost. Please bring cash.

We apologize for the very short notice. If you plan on coming to the meeting, please RSVP to me by Tuesday, January 28th. My email address is [email protected] and phone number is 858.829.3799 (please leave a voice mail).


Our guest speaker for this month's meeting is Lieutenant Don Redmond of the Chula Vista Police Department. Don will share the department's UAS (Drone) program.

We hope to see you all there.

Lieutenant Don Redmond began his law enforcement career with the Chula Vista Police Department in 1996. During his 23 years in law enforcement, Lt. Redmond has worked various assignments including Patrol, Traffic, SWAT, Professional Standards, Watch Commander and Community Policing Commander. Currently, he is the Manager of the Police Department’s Jail, the Emergency 9-1-1 Communications Center, and UAS (Drone) Operations.

Since October 2018, the Chula Vista Police Department created the UAS program known as Drone as a First Responder (DFR) as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). CVPD’s groundbreaking DFR program has been recognized nationally as a revolutionary public safety model which provides real-time video and decision quality data to officers on routine calls for service. CVPD began deploying drones from the rooftop of the Police Department Headquarters and a secondary location to 9-1-1 calls and other reports of emergency incidents such as crimes in progress, fires, traffic accidents, and reports of dangerous subjects. DFR is a transformational method of policing that has demonstrated the ability to increase officer and community safety and reduce overall police response times.

Lt. Redmond has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from San Diego State University, a Master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice from University of Virginia, and a Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the California P.O.S.T. Command College (Class 64) and the prestigious FBI National Academy (Class 263). He has been published in the FBINAA Associate Magazine and is an adjunct community college instructor.

17th Annual AFA Aztec Shoot Out Scholarship Golf Tournament.

Air Force Anniversary Celebration at the Chula Vista Veterans Home.

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We celebrated the Air Force's 72nd birthday at the Veterans Home of CA Chula Vista in September.

More than 20 cadets from the AFROTC detachment at San Diego State joined with us and the Air Force Sergeants Association to have lunch with the resident veterans.

As is customary our oldest veteran and youngest cadet cut the cake to cap off our celebration. This year our oldest veteran was Bill Walker aged 97 and our youngest cadet was just 17.

We celebrate every September. We hope you can join us again next year. If you haven't celebrated with us before it's a day to remember and such an uplifting experience for everyone involved including our veterans.

CyberPatriot XII Update

Registration for the CyberPatriot XII Competition closed on October 2nd.

At that time, 6,760 teams from the U. S. and a number of foreign countries had registered including 106 from San Diego County.

These numbers reflect an increase of 373 teams overall and increase of local 3 teams.

Good luck to all of our teams. We are looking forward to even more winners than last year.

UPDATE: Renaming AFA Chapter 118

UPDATE: The Air Force Association National has approved the renaming of Chapter 118 San Diego.

We will be updating all of our organizational paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service and three State of California agencies. One of the primary documents was so old that the Chapter was known as the San Diego Squadron, California Wing, Air Force Association.

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Once all of the details are worked out, we will hold a luncheon to formally recognize our new name and honor General Cardenas.

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.

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.

Chapter Constitution and By-Laws are now approved

One of the activities required to change our Chapter name is to update our Constitution and By-Laws.

At our meeting on September 26th, we approved our new By-Laws. The new document can be found here.

Officer Elections

At our Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 26th, we conducted elections for the next 2 years.

In accordance with the new Chapter Bylaws that were approved at the same meeting, we elected officers for the next 2 years, 2019-2021.

The officers are: President Dick Jeffreys, Vice President Gene Alfaro, Secretary Tom Pickerell, and Treasurer Jack Porath.

They thank you for your continuing support.

If you remember, a number of these officers have served in the same position for many, many years.

We ask that you thoughtfully consider running for office when we next have elections in 2 years.


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