Chapter Leadership

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

About AFA

AFA/AFSA Christmas Luncheon

The annual AFA/AFSA Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday December 14, 2019 at The Galley at the Marina, 550 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910. The event begins at noon. Prices and the menu for this year's luncheon is shown below. Note that some of the menu items have been updated but The Galley is holding the prices the same as last year. The price is $25 per person. 

The guest speaker at this year's Christmas luncheon is Lt Don Redmond of the Chula Vista Police Department.

Don's presentation will cover the drone first responder program, the first of its kind in the nation.

Please RSVP to CMSgt (Ret) Andrew Duenas, President AFSA Chapter 1365 by December 10th by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 770-7005.  No need to have the menu choice at that time.

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Christmas Luncheon Pricing 2019
ItemCostBeverageTotal MealTax 8.75%Gratuity 20%Total PriceRemarks
Rosemary Chicken *$11.99$2.00$13.99$1.22$2.80$18.01Includes Cheesecake
Prime Rib *$13.99$2.00$15.99$1.40$3.20$20.59Includes Cheesecake
Salmon Monterey *$15.99$2.00$17.99$1.57$3.60$23.16Includes Cheesecake
Fish and Chips w/French Fires and Coleslaw$11.99$2.00$13.99$1.22$2.80$18.01Includes Cheesecake
Spinach Penne Pasta Pomodoro w/Garlic Parmesan Sourdough Bread$9.99$2.00$11.99$1.05$2.40$15.44Includes Cheesecake
All w/Garlic Parmesan Sourdough Bread
Beverages are Ice Tea, Coffee, or Soda
Alcoholic Beverages are pay as you go
* Choice of Side:
French Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Rice Pilaf or Coleslaw

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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