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South Florida Chapter

The South Florida Trooper
Online Newsletter of The South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association
Volume Four, Issue 02 - March / April 2001

"America's Guard Of Honor"
Chartered By The US Congress
All The Way

The Holocaust Remembrance Day program and Memorial Service Yom Hashoah event is set for April 22nd at 6PM. As per our annual commitment, we present the colors of our nation and the 82d Airborne, for it was our 82d that freed the captives of the Wobelin Concentration Camp. Lt Tom Price, now deceased, on orders from General Gavin, found the camp and reported back to Gavin and Eisenhower, and the local inhabitants were forced to remove the bodies from their mass graves and rebury them individually. We have been presenting the colors for ten years and have been invited to do so again. We need Troopers there, so let’s turn out in strength. HOOAH!

by Irv Weinsoff

World War II Veterans - I Want You . . . Dear WW-II Veteran: I am writing a book about Americans who were raised during the Depression, then experienced the WW-II years firsthand. Please take part in this project - and help me preserve your legacy - by answering my questionnaires. Long live the veterans of WW-II. For more information, snail-mail contact:

Larry McCabe, McCabe WW-II History Project,
Post Office Box 4202, Tallahassee FL 32315-4202
or via e-mail contact :

by Don Moffett, Chairman

Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, April 17th, 2001, at the:

VFW Post 1966
350 SW 25th Street
Fort Lauderdale FL 33315-2616
Phone 954-765-0791

CIA STRIKES OUT AGAIN by David H Hackworth

In Kosovo, US Army paratroopers are receiving and returning fire. Our guys are shooting Made-In-The-USA M-16 rifles, and their opponents, Albanian extremists, are using ex-Soviet Union AK-47 assault rifles.

So what's new? M-16s and AK-47s have been blasting each other for decades, and anyone familiar with Albanians and Serbians and the bloody history of ex-Yugoslavia would say, "What do you expect? Those crazies have been going at it with hot lead longer than the Hatfields and McCoys."

What's new is that the AK-47s, the ammo and the wherewithal to field the Albanian army of insurgent thugs currently going up against our and other NATO troops were provided not by Russia or Red China or North Korea, but by the USA. Yes, American taxpayers paid for the bullets being used to shoot American soldiers!

For months our CIA has secretly trained, funded and supplied former Kosovo Liberation Army rebels conducting a guerrilla campaign into southern Serbia to undermine former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic -- exactly the same kind of operation our spooks supported before and during the war against Serbia over Kosovo.

European commanders in Kosovo are not only charging the CIA with playing footsie with the Albanian rebels. They're also claiming American commanders in Kosovo have deliberately looked the other way and allowed a steady flow of KLA rebels and CIA-provided arms and war-fighting material to slip across Kosovo's border.

Last Sunday, Britain's Observer newspaper reported a European commander in Kosovo as saying: "The CIA has been allowed to run riot in Kosovo with a private army designed to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic. Now he's gone (and) the US State Department seems incapable of reining in its bastard army."

The angry NATO commander added: "Most of last year, there was a growing frustration with U.S. support for the radical Albanians. U.S. policy was and still is out of step with the other NATO allies."

Now -- with CIA help -- the Kosovo Liberation Army rebels are attacking on two fronts: Southern Serbia and along the Macedonian border, where our paratroopers tangled with them last week.

The attacks into Serbia could bring the Belgrade army back with a vengeance and restart the war in Kosovo. The Macedonian border fighting also could explode into an ethnic civil war inside of that country, which could be even more destructive than the 1999 Kosovo shootout. And meanwhile -- right in the middle of the killing field -- American soldiers are caught in a cross-fire of our own making.

Most military writers familiar with the centuries-old Albanian-Serb conflict predicted it would never go away when President Clinton first began talking about sticking our troops in those swamps. Many warned, "Don't go there."

But our government seldom listens -- and rarely learns from past hard lessons. In the 1930s, because it was good for business, we sold scrap metal to Japan. The Japanese shot it back at us from 1941 to 1945 at places like Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

We've trained, supplied and armed bad guys from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to Saddam Hussein in Iraq to the KLA in Kosovo. Young Americans always end up downrange getting hammered by the very stuff we provided, with the folks we trained out there happily pulling the trigger.

During the presidential campaign, George W Bush questioned our operations in ex-Yugoslavia.

Now that he's getting the inside scoop, hopefully he's realized that it's a mass of endless running sores. Six years after we went to Bosnia for only one year, we're still there -- and Kosovo looks like an even more open-ended and far more dangerous commitment.

The president must put a muzzle on the CIA to stop it from supporting one of the most cutthroat gangs of terrorists in the world.

Next he should turn the Yugoslavian mission over to our European allies. We've already spent too many lives and too many dollars on a land that Otto von Bismarck declared was not worth the bones of one Prussian soldier. It's Europe's back yard, not ours. And the perfect time to exit that snake pit is now. Our allies are so furious with American duplicity and stupidity, they'd probably be glad to see us go.

Bill Clinton couldn't have staged a more typical exit strategy.

©2001 David H Hackworth
Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc
Forwarded by Irv Weinsoff

50th Anniversary Commemoration Parachute Jump
with The Phantom Airborne Brigade
and The Rakkasans - Russ Brambi, Secretary
Reported by: Ron Stirlacci
Click Here to see the Text and Photos
about this Parachute Drop

Have You Paid Your 2001 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say `01, you haven't paid for this year. Please send your check for $12.50 payable to:

82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
c/o Joseph J Pappacoda, Secretary
Colee Station, Post Office Box 2454
Fort Lauderdale FL 33303-2454

If you'd like to make it out for a little extra, anything over the annual $12.50 will go directly to our Chapter's Booster Fund ... Thanks for your continued help and support!

Fort Lauderdale Beach - AIR & SEA Show - May 5th & 6th, 2001

The 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc, South Florida Chapter provides a uniform guard service to the Air & Sea Show which is being held this year on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th. As last year, we will need about a dozen Troopers in uniform to help out with this important event. A million people turn out on Fort Lauderdale Beach for this military display and our contribution in providing VIP area security is greatly appreciated by all.

Contact Gus Vass 1-954-989-2831 to volunteer for this special duty.

82nd Airborne May 2000 Security Detail
At AIR & SEA Show

Tony Altobel, Steve Mueller, Gus Vass, Jim Bono, Joe
Lanzillo, Milt Azarkan, and (kneeling) Don Moffett -
en route before photo was taken: Ron Stirlacci

Honor Guard of The 82nd Airborne Division
Association Inc, South Florida Chapter

If you’d like to serve on the Honor Guard and
show the colorsat various functions, contact

Ron Stirlacci at 1-954-730-0773
or Gus Vass at 1-954-989-2831

We can always use an extra trooper or two (or more)
to fill out our roster and make it to the various parades
or memorial activities when other membersmay not be
able to attend, to keep the ranks closed and our colors flying.

Robert V Niskanen has recently decided to resign his office as Secretary / Treasurer of The 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc, South Florida Chapter. His move to the Florida Keys and the tremendous amount of work involved in setting up his new home and business in Islamorada have taken more of this time and energy than he or Beverlee had anticipated. Both Bob and Beverlee have been tireless workers for our Chapter, and are surely deserving of our gratitude for all their hard work over the years. I know that we all join in wishing them well in their new Keys Lifestyle and look forward to seeing them at the various functions of the Chapter, even though we can’t push so much of the work off on them anymore.

by Bob Wirt, Vice-Chairman / Webmaster / Newsletter Editor

82nd Airborne Honor Guard : YOM HASHOAH

A Day Of Remembrance at the Holocaust Memorial - Miami Beach - April 22, 2001

The Honor Guard of The South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association
will present the colors for the 12th year of the Holocaust Memorial. They were received last year with reverance and appreciation by the thousand+ people in attendance.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day
Program and Memorial Service
Yom Hashoah

Our 82nd Airborne
South Florida
Honor Guard
will present the
colors during
this annual
honoring the
six million
innocent men,
women and
children who
perished in the

6:00 PM Sunday, April 22, 2001

1933 - 1945 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach FL 33139-1817

Phone: 1-305-538-1663

Fax: 1-305-538-2423

For Details of Uniform and Assembly, call:

Don Moffett

Irv Weinsoff

Ron Stirlacci

May 2001 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ( JROTC ) Ceremonies

The 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc, South Florida Chapter will present one medal and six certificates honoring JROTC Cadets on May 10th at 1:30PM in the Media Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School, 1751 NW 36th Street, Miami FL 33142. Contact Luis Nieves Jr, 1SG, US Army (Ret) at 1-305-634-2621 ext 290 for information.

The Miami Killian High School JROTC Awards Banquet is being held on May 17th at 7:00PM, at Miami Killian High School, 10655 SW 97th Avenue, Miami FL 33176. Don Moffett will be awarding one medal and four certificates honoring accomplishments of the Cadets in their JROTC program. Contact C/Maj Gonzalez Yani or Sst Esponda at 1-305-596-2769 (phone/fax) for details about attending the banquet award ceremonies.

Ten Cadets of the
JROTC Program at Miami Coral Park Senior High School will be honored in ceremonies at the school auditorium located at 8865 SW 16th Street, Miami FL 33165, on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00PM. Medals and certificates will be awarded by a member of The 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc, South Florida Chapter. Contact Al Schmitt, Major, US Army (Ret) at 1-305-227-1000 for information on attending. These Cadets are the future leaders of our nation and deserving of our support and encouragement, so please participate and lend a hand wherever you can. As Don Moffett will be at Fort Bragg on May 23rd, our organization needs one trooper to volunteer to attend and make the Coral Park presentations on behalf of our Chapter. Please contact Don at 1-305-453-9991 if you can volunteer for this important mission.


Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." -- Jack Handy

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
-- Frank Sinatra

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
-- Ernest Hemingway

A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.
-- WC Fields

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
-- Henny Youngman

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
-- Stephen Wright

When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!
-- Brian O'Rourke

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
-- Dave Barry

Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 1862!

Contributed By French Shannon

Got An Airborne Activity You'd Like Everyone To Know About?

We plan to use the South Florida Chapter WebSite to keep in closer contact and allow for more frequent updates of information regarding Chapter activities and functions.

Contact our WebMaster / Newsletter Editor (Bob Wirt) and be sure to send your article or announcement by SnailMail to PO Box 11280, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280; or FAX to 1-954-565-5922; or e-mail (preferred)

The online WebSite as well as our Snail-Mail Newsletter are only as useful as you make them. If you have a Chapter activity you'd like to announce, please e-mail the particulars in advance so we can get the word out to everyone:

click here to Contact Our WebMaster and send your article or announcement

If you know of other Chapters' operations or functions which are open to our troopers and would like to pass the word along, send that information as well. Please include dates, addresses and phone numbers plus the contact individuals so we can ensure the word we pass along is complete and correct. We'll do our best to get your announcement onto the WebSite and into the Newsletter so you'll get the most member involvement and best turnout possible.

OnLine Roster : Some troopers who are online have their e-mail addresses published in The South Florida Trooper News Letter so that other Airborne Troopers can more easily maintain contact with them, and they are:

Jim Battaglia

Robert Buffington

Herb Bunch

Jimmy Campillo

John Desormeau

Patrick Devine

Captain Laura M Foglesong

Jean-Marie Funke

Brian Gehling

Norman J. Gray

Joe Guilbert

Jimmy Harrison

Al Hernandez

Angel R Jerez

Joe Lanzillo

Larry Marks

Ted W Mauzey

Laren Melton

Edward Meyers

Don Moffett

Robert V. Niskanen

Joseph J Pappacoda ( Secretary )

Peter Portilla

French Shannon Jr

Leonard Sikora

Thomas Skrzyniecki

Ron Stirlacci

Jack Sullivan

Terry Watts

Phil Webb

Irv Weinsoff

Bob Wirt

If any others are interested in joining our e-mail group please let us know by sending your current e-mail address, preferably on-line, to:

Also, we plan to offer members personal page links from our domain for some nominal annual fee, which funds would go into our Booster Club to help cover online site costs. To see what a sample personal page might look like, click on the name Bob Wirt but keep in mind that your Webmaster just got carried away with his, not knowing when to stop posting stuff.

82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter

Officers for 2000-2001

South Florida Chairman

Don Moffett
( Phyllis )


Bob Wirt
( Bettye )


Joseph J Pappacoda
( Sheri )

Judge Advocate

Ronald J.Stirlacci
( Lydia )


Ed Meyers
(954) 967-8182
( Lucille )

VA Hospital Representative
Irv Weinsoff
( Sylvia )

Directors for 2000-2001

one trooper needed
to serve as a director

Irv Weinsoff
1-305-573-1666 ( Sylvia )

Jim DeMatteo
1-954-432-8364 ( Janet )

French Shannon
1-954-741-8844 ( Marie )

Steve Mueller
1-954-970-9832 ( Pamela )

Jimmy Campillo
1-954-963-1454 ( Lucy )

Chapter Historian :

Beverlee Niskanen
Past National President

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Chapter Preference
New Members MUST include a copy of official proof of
either glider or airborne military qualification & service.
Mail Check payable to:
82nd Abn Div So FL Chapter
Joseph J Pappacoda, Secretary
Collee Station, Post Office Box 2454
Fort Lauderdale FL 33303-2454
Phone: 1-954-415-3053

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If any of you lucky TROOPERS have enough spare time on your hands to spend it surfing the WEB click below to check in on our Fayetteville NC HQs

Click here for the October 2000 Newsletter Page

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Contact Your WebMaster
Bob Wirt, Post Office Box 11280, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
Phone 1-954-565-8123 or FAX 1-954-565-5922