We have cancelled our Annual AFA & ROTC "Aztec Shoot-Out" Scholarship Golf Tournament for 2020.
Our next tournament is now scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2021.
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Register to play in our 17th Annual AFA & ROTC "Aztec Shoot-Out" Scholarship Golf Tournament now rescheduled to Friday, April 16, 2021.

Chapter Leadership

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

About AFA

Chapter Renaming Complete

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At our Chapter meeting on January 30th, we were honored to host Brigadier General Robert Cardenas (USAF, Retired) and some family and friends as we formally recognized our new Chapter name.

We are now known as the Brigadier General Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter.

Approximately 40 members, including 12 cadets from AFROTC Detachment 075 at SDSU, attended the meeting.

Chapter President Dick Jeffreys, briefly reviewed General Cardenas’ long and distinguished career. In addition to his 31 year military career, he worked many years in the private sector and as a government appointee. Locally, he was instrumental in getting approval for and establishing the Miramar National Cemetery.

General Cardenas celebrated his 100th birthday on March 10, 2020.

At the Chapter event, General Cardenas focused his remarks towards the cadets and stressed that they can do anything they put their minds to.

We presented General Cardenas with the first of our new Chapter coins. They are available to all at the cost of $10 per coin.

Future Activities

During our February Executive Committee meeting, we discussed several options for short trips and visits, and we would like your input.

Please send your choice(s) to President Dick Jeffreys. The options include:

  • US Coast Guard Station San Diego
  • Navy Marine Mammal Program (it is located on a series of floating docks)
  • General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Division
  • Air Force Recognition Day at San Diego Padres (Sunday, September 27th, Los Angeles Dodgers).

147th Combat Communication Squadron Awards Ceremony

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The 147th Combat Communication Squadron held their weekend drill and commander’s call on Saturday March 7, 2020 at the San Diego Air National Guard Station in Kenny Mesa.  Lt Col Todd Curtright, USAF 163 AW, gave a detailed briefing to the Unit.
Representing Brig Gen Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter, Air Force Association, was Dick Jeffreys, President, Gene Alfaro VP, and Charles A. Clark, VP Membership.
Dick Jeffreys presented AFA awards to three Airmen for their outstanding achievements to Airman - A1C Tyler McKay, NCO - SSgt Shamyiah Holt, and SNCO - MSgt Edward Huerta.

CyberPatriot XII Update

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The current CyberPatriot competition is coming to a close.

When registration closed in October 2019, 6,760 teams from the U. S. and a number of foreign countries had registered, including 106 from San Diego County.

All of the preliminary rounds are completed, and the 28 teams going to the National Finals at the end of March have been selected. This year ten teams from San Diego will be competing in the Final. This is the largest number of teams to come from one area in the history of the program.

This year, six of the twelve Open Division team are from Del Norte High School. All three Middle School Division teams are from Design 39 and Oak Valley (as they were last year). There is one team from the Naval Sea Cadet Corps program representing San Diego in the All Services Division.

We wish all of the teams the best of luck and expect them to bring home many awards.

Dedication of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Memorial

Dick Jeffreys, president of the Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter of the Air Force Association attended the dedication ceremony for The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Memorial on 7 March at the Miramar National Cemetery. The Memorial was dedicated to all who have achieved the award for “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. “

Gene Alfaro, President of the San Diego Lindbergh Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society welcomed the guests to the ceremony. Gene is also the Vice President of the Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter of AFA. Charlie Inot, Pres. and CEO of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation was the master of ceremonies. Chaplain (Col.) Rick Blank, Deputy State Chaplain, California State Guard delivered the invocation.

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The keynote speaker was Dennis Schoville. Dennis is the current chairman of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation; he is a life member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and served as the first general counsel to the national DFC Society Board of Directors.

An overview of the formation of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society was presented by Charles (Chuck) Sweeney, National President of the Society. Chuck is a retired Navy Commander and was awarded three DFC metals during one week in September 1972. Lieut. (Chaplain) Monroe, USCG provided the benediction.

The memorial was unveiled by Chuck Sweeney and Gene Alfaro. A reception was held at the Flying Leatherneck Museum at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Nominations for Teacher of the Year Now Open

The Brig Gen Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter of the Air Force Association is now accepting nominations for Chapter Teacher of the Year. Based on the number of nominations the chapter may select three teachers of the year one from Elementary, Middle and High School.

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year program is to recognize classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and preparing students to use and contribute to tomorrows technologies.

Due date for submission is 24 March 2020

Information Required
1. Nominee’s Name:
2. Mailing Address:
3. Daytime Phone Number:
4. Complete mailing address:
5. Email:
6. Subject & Grades taught:
7. Years in current position:
8. Total Years Teaching:
9. School Name:
10. School Address:
11. School Phone & Email:
12. Principal:
13. Principal Email:
14. Jacket Size:

Additional information must include:
• Resume:
• Letter(s) of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation/support from a school official (principal or higher) must be accompany the nomination form.
• Additional support material of newspaper articles, other documents and/or photos that include the teacher with students completing STEM activities. Please ensure that student photos have media release permission for use.

(Please ensure that students in photos have media release permission for use.)

Questions may be directed to Gene Alfaro, VP. Brig Gen Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter by email or phone, and submitted by mail to 1235 Granite Springs Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91915-2509


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