Chapter Leadership

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

About AFA

General Membership Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2019

Just a reminder that our next Membership Meeting is Thursday, November 21, 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 this month is Steve Murray is a retired Navy Captain and former F-14 squadron commander. He's now a NASA Solar System Ambassador and gives presentations to interested groups about NASA, aerospace, and astronomy topics.

His talk for this month is "Moon to Mars."

Sustained human presence on Mars remains both a national and international science goal. All plans for Mars missions, however, are based on first achieving a solid foundation of human operations on and around the Moon. NASAs plans for a lunar return will likely mature in the next decade. These programs are made more dynamic than earlier NASA efforts with the addition of very competitive, fast-moving commercial alternatives. This talk will trace the development of the NASA Space Launch System, how its impacted by commercial space suppliers, and how lunar operations will feed into a Mars landing program.

We're looking forward to seeing you all there.

17th Annual AFA Aztec Shoot Out Scholarship Golf Tournament.

Our next golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020 at the St. Mark Golf Course in San Marcos, CA.

This is a change of venue for us and an opportunity to play a different golf course.

The next meeting of the Golf Committee is scheduled for Monday, November 25th.

After this meeting, we will beginning providing the details both by email and on our website.

On-line registration on our website will be available in early 2020.

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.

As of this newsletter, we are just waiting on the paperwork. Once received, we will be known as the Brigadier General Robert Cardenas San Diego Chapter.

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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.

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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