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The South Florida Trooper
Online Newsletter of The South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association
Volume Six, Issue 03 - May / June 2003

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


This month you will be glad to see my comments are short. I did learn something last month – YES paratroopers can and will pass up a challenge. Our March picnic went well, the rain held off until the meeting started, which to no one's dismay, cut the meeting short. We raised $79.00 with the raffle of a basket of cheer, two T-shirts, and one bottle of wine and another $80.00 by selling T-shirts. We had one new member present; Miles Gill transferred his lifetime membership from New Jersey. The New Jersey chapter lost a good man and we gained one. Miles retired from the Army after 23 years with service in almost every airborne unit in the Army. He will be a welcome new member of our family.

Chairman - Bob Buffington


March Meeting: As stated above the picnic meeting was cut short due to weather. The membership present voted to purchase a half-page ad in the North Central Florida All Airborne Days reunion book at a cost of $50.00. A copy of the ad is posted elsewhere in this newsletter.

April Meeting: Was held on Tuesday 15, April at VFW Post 1966 so weather was not a factor. Motion was carried for setting up a $100.00 Historian Fund to be used for necessary administrative supplies.

Motion carried to set aside all monies donated to Honor Guard to be used by the Honor Guard.

Motion carried to donate $200.00 to Food Locker. Motion carried to continue JROTC Awards this year as in the past and next year to limit awards to one per county for outstanding cadet selected by JROTC.

Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, May 20th, 2003, at the:

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

Just South of State Road 84 ( SW 24th Street ), off SW 4th Avenue, behind and East of the Armory

2003 Regular MEETINGS:
May 20th; July 15th; August 19th; and October 21st
June 8th and September 14th ( Annual elections Meeting)
November Meeting is the Installation Banquet.

NOTE: The Alexander Ninninger State Veterans’ Nursing Home is in need of plastic stackable lawn chairs. The Chapter set aside $100.00 to purchase chairs but that only covers about 13 – 15 chairs. IF EVERY MEMBER WOULD DONATE $5.00 WE COULD PURCHASE PLENTY OF CHAIRS. The chairs cost approximately $6.00 each.

Chairman - Bob Buffington

From the Editor:

To assist with the raising of funds for the FOOD LOCKER at Fort Bragg we are accepting donations. Every member is asked to get at least one firm or person to donate for one ad per issue. The donations we are asking for are as follows: For a donation of $500.00 your name will appear on all printed material published for the chapter as “Printing complements of (insert your name)” for one year. For a donation of $400.00 your name will appear on all items mailed by the chapter as “Mailing complements of (insert your name) for one year.

The chapter also is accepting donations for advertisements placed on our chapter newsletter The South Florida Trooper.

Full Page $ 40.00 an issue or
$ 200.00 for the year
( Six Isues )
Half Page $ 20.00 an issue or
$ 100.00 for the year
( Six Isues )
Quarter Page $ 15.00 an issue or
$ 075.00 for the year
( Six Isues )
Eighth Page $ 10.00 an issue or
$ 050.00 for the year
( Six Isues )
Business card $ 05.00 an issue or
$ 025.00 for the year
( Six Isues )

All donations of $100.00 and higher gives the donor the right to have their name listed on our website with a link to their websites. We are also accepting donations of $3.00 per issue to have your name listed as a booster of the FOOD LOCKER in that issue of the Newsletter.

The 82nd Airborne Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt veterans organization, and as such all donations are tax deductible. Only checks and money orders made out to the 82nd Abn Div Assoc, Inc South Florida Chapter will be accepted. Please contact Bob Buffington at 954-435-9174 or Terry Watts at 954-476-6755

Summer Picnic, SUNDAY, June 8th, 2003 -TOPEEKEEGEE YUGNEE PARK ( TY Park )

Take I-95 to Hollywood Florida Exit At Sheridan Street or Stirling Road - Go West about a mile to Park Road - Turn North from Sheridan or South from Stirling another mile or so to the main park entrance - Follow the signs to the 82nd Airborne! Pavilion #0 (zero) - Turn to your (military) right just inside the Park's Main Entrance.

The June 8th Picnic begins Sunday at about 11:00 AM for the early-birds, about noon for the rest of us.

WHO: All paratroopers past and present. Bring your families and friends, especially that guy you work with who was in the airborne. Bring your wife (and/or girlfriend) but not both, thank you. Kids and grand-kids of all ages are welcome at what is a really enjoyable family affair. The covered Airborne pavilion is on the banks of a peaceful lake with fish, turtles, ducks and iguanas wandering about.

Before lunch there're coffee and donuts for the early-birds. Most everyone is busy chowing down by noon and the eating and socializing take up the better part of the day. There's a short business meeting which takes place generally around 1:30 or so and never seems to interfere too much with the consumption of the complementary burgers, hotdogs and cold drinks which abound. If you plan on eating more than your share, bring a covered dish of your choice so the rest of us won't starve. We supply coffee and sodas - if you want beer or wine just bring your own.

All members and their families are welcome to attend. Troopers who are not yet members but who want to come to the picnic and check out the South Florida 82nd Airborne Chapter are welcome to do so, and may sign up on the spot to become members themselves. A new membership in The South Florida Chapter of The 82nd Airborne Division Association may just be the best $12.50 you'll spend this year.

AIRBORNE! All The Way!

Points of Interest?

The 2003 All American Week has been cancelled- the Division has two brigades deployed.

The 57th ANNUAL CONVENTION will be held in Charlestown West Virginia on 13 – 16 August of 2003. Convention dues are set at $75.00. More information will be in the Spring Issue of the Paraglide.

Veteran records: If you are a veteran or next of kin of a deceased veteran, you may order a copy of your military records by going to or you may request a copy of Standard Form 180. Make out the form; sign it; and mail to:

SAINT LOUIS, MO 63132-5100

South Florida Chapter Boosters

January: Edward DeBarros, Herb Hankerson, Ron Stirlacci, Bob Buffington, Stu Franke, Jimmy Campillo, Gus Vass, Don Moffett, Terry Watts, Avi Mizractti

February: Bob buffington, Anthony Altobell, Terry Watts, Don Moffett, Bob Wirt, Irv Weinsoff, Ed Meyers, Gus Vass, Jim bono, Herb Bunch.South Florida Chapter Boosters

March: Collected a total of $135.00 from - Stu Franke, Leonard Rosenthal, Ed Meyers, Bob Niskanen, Bob Wirt, Bob Buffington, Ron Stirlacci, and Tony Altobell.

April: Collected a total of $89.92 from - Bob Buffington, Irv Weinsoff, Ron Stirlacci, Stu Franke, Miles Gill, Don Moffett, Gus Vass, Jim Bono, Tony Altobell.

We apologize if we missed any names.

FOOD LOCKER BOOSTERS: Sorry to say no additional donations were received.

The South Florida Chapter SALUTES The North Central Florida Chapter

for hosting the 17th Annual Florida All Airborne Days, October 23-25, 2003, at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Ocala, Florida.

This is our ad (It will be half-page size) that will appear in the 17th Annual Florida All Airborne Days Reunion book:

Old Soldiers:

Wonder why the pentagon folks haven't thought of this ...

I've said that if I could, I'd enlist today and help my country track down those responsible for killing thousands of innocent people in New York City and Washington, D.C. But, I'm over 60 now and the Armed Forces say I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 35 to join the Army. They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more that 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy. Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. If we can't kill the enemy, we'll complain them into submission. "My back hurts!" "I'm hungry!" "Where's the remote control?"

An 18-year-old hasn't had a legal beer yet and you shouldn't go to war until you're at least old enough to legally drink. An average old guy, on the other hand, has consumed 126,000 gallons of beer by the time he's 35 and a jaunt through the desert heat with a backpack and M-60 would do wonders for the old beer belly.

An 18-year-old doesn't like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys get up early just to show we can (and to steal the neighbor's newspaper and pee). If old guys are captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd probably forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would actually be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we actually like soft food. We've also developed a deep appreciation for guns and rifles. We like them almost better than naps. The army could lighten up on the obstacle course, however. I've been to the desert and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side. I can hear the Drill Sergeant now, "Get down and give"

And the running part is kind of a waste of energy. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave. To actually carry on a conversation. To wear pants without the top of the boxer shorts sticking out. To learn that a pierced tongue catches food particles. And that a 200-watt speaker in the back seat of a Honda Accord can rupture an eardrum. All great reasons to keep our sons at home and to learn a little more about life before sending them off to a possible death.

Let us old guys track down those dirty, rotten cowards who attacked our hearts on September 11. The last thing they'd want to see right now is a couple of million old farts with attitudes.

We have raffle tickets for sale: All-Airborne Days – win $300.00, $200.00 or $100.00 - Contact Bob Buffington if interested or contact Bob Caron at the below listed address.

Robert E Caron, NCFAA
6512 SW 60th Court
Ocala FL 34474-5501
Phone: 1-352-873-1625

82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter
Chapter Officers Elected At September 2002 TY Park Picnic
and Installed At 2002 Florida All Airborne Days Banquet

Officers for 2002-2003

South Florida Chairman

Robert Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
( Helga )


Terry Watts
501 NW 78th Terrace
Plantation FL 33324-1435
( Jan )

Secretary / Treasurer

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476
( ............. )

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street / PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3945
( Sylvia )


Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive #303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
( Lydia )
Directors for 2002-2003

2002-2003 Director

Gus Vass
4511 Thomas Street
Hollywood FL 33021-3539
( Maureen )

2002-2003 Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
( Phyllis )
Past National President
and 2002-2003 Director
Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-5538
( Lucy )

2002-2003 Director

French Shannon
Post Office Box 551776
Fort Lauderdale FL 33355-1776
( Marie )

2002-2003 Director

Stu Franke
5210 SW 22nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-6002
( Elinore )

2002-2003 Director

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
( Bettye )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff

Historian : Irv Weinsoff our new historian may be asking you for help.
If you are a member with over two years with the chapter Irv may be calling for information.
Please assist him when ever you can.


This article appeared in the Monday, April 14th Miami Herald. Every paratrooper in the state of Florida owes Don Moffett big-time for all his many hours of hard work to get "our" plate to this point. Thanks Don !

LICENSE PLATES > Paratroopers May Get Specialty Tags > A bill that would create a paratrooper specialty license plate unanimously passed the House Finance & Tax Committee on Monday. The bill would allow anyone who has completed the Army jump school or who has been decorated as a parachutist to pay an extra $20 registration fee to obtain the plate. Proceeds would go to the state Homes for Veterans Trust Fund. the measure is sponsored by Rep. Ken Sorensen, R-Key Largo. A similar bill is moving through the Senate.

Chairman - Bob Buffington

Have You Paid Your 2003 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say 2003,
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 Tony Altobell, Sec / Treas
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476

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

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 colors at 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 members may not be
able to attend, to keep the ranks closed and our colors flying.

HONOR GUARD: Once again the Honor Guard Leader has kept them busy. Gus Vass reports that the Honor Guard took part in the following activities:

Our Honor Guard took part in services for John Hager a Viet Nam veteran who recently passed away from a heart attack. Taking part were Gus Vass, Jim Bono, Ron Stirlacci, and French Shannon.

The Honor Guard is one of the best methods we have in getting our chapter in view of the public. We all should support it. For the parades you do not have to have a uniform to take part, just wear a chapter T-Shirt, Association cap, or a beret. The Viet Nam Veterans have stated that we may ride in one of their vehicles if we desire, so if you cannot march at least come and show your support by riding in a military vehicle.

The Honor Guard once again presented the colors at the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on April 29th. We were also asked to present the colors at the Annual NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER activities on Key Largo on May 1st. General Schwarzkopf is the scheduled guest speaker. DON’T forget the annual 4th of July Parade will be held on Key Largo. Each year the South Florida Chapter leads the parade, so to really look good we need a good turn out. The chapter needs more members to participate in the Honor Guard. It was reported that we asked the Vietnam Veterans to march with us recently and they outnumbered us by three to one, which really made us look very bad.

Honor Guard Captain - Gus Vass

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

We continue 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 (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 (edited by Bob Buffington) 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:

Tony Altobell, South Florida
Secretary / Treasurer

Jim Battaglia

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Chairman

Herb Bunch

Jimmy Campillo

Chris Collins

Michael Davino

Barry Dearden

Edward DeBarros

Jim DeMatteo

John Desormeau

Patrick Devine

Captain Laura M Foglesong

Jean-Marie Funke

Brian Gehling

Myles Gill

George Gutshall

Norman J Gray

Joe Guilbert

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson

Al Hernandez

Angel R Jerez

Joe Lanzillo

Hector Martinez

Ted W Mauzey

Edward Meyers

Don Moffett

Robert V.

Joseph J Pappacoda

Jose L Perez Ortiz

Peter Portilla

Bill Radcliffe

Frank Rivera

French Shannon Jr

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.

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Membership Application - The South Florida
Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association
Phone Number
1 ( ________ ) ___________ - _____________________
Check One
___ Renewal; ___ New Member; ___ Re-Instatement
Enclosed is $12.50 _____
my annual membership dues for the year 200__
subscription to PARAGLIDE & Newsletter included.
Enclosed is $13.50 _____
( includes an extra $1 for the Educational Fund )
Enclosed is $150 for Life Membership _____
( $100 _____ if applicant is over 50 years of age )




_______________ 9-digit Zip


Airborne Unit(s)
Include all
Airborne Unit(s)
continue here:
Dates of Airborne Service
Month & Year for each
Dates of Airborne Service
continue here:

Present Occupation
Single ___ Married ___
Spouse's Name __________________ # Children____

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
Tony Altobell, Secretary / Treasurer
Phone: 1-954-583-8081
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476

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For you lucky TROOPERS with enough spare time on your hands to spend it surfing the WEB click below to check in on your Fayetteville NC HQs

Past Newsletter Issues Archive

In the past this home page of our website has been used to post online a copy of the printed newsletter sent out bi-monthly to our membership. Below are the archive links to these 2000-2001 newsletters.

Beginning with the January /February 2002 issue, at the request of Irv Weinsoff, I turned over production of the printed newsletter to others and agreed to publish it online each time, once I received a text copy of the newsletter via e-mail. As I have not received any e-mail copies, no 2002 newsletters have been published online.

I apologize for this situation as everyone seemed to benefit from receiving the online version. Anyway, here is the past issues archive:

Click here for the March / April 2003 Newsletter Page

Click here for the January / February 2003 Newsletter Page

Click here for the November / December 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the September / October 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the May / June 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the March / April 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the January / February 2001 Newsletter Page

Click here for the November / December 2000 Newsletter Page

Click here for the October 2000 Newsletter Page

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

© 2003 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc, South Florida Chapter
Post Office Box 22476, Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476

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