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The 82nd AIRBORNE
Division Association

South Florida Chapter
Tony Altobell, Secretary / Treasurer
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476
Last Site UpDate From 2003
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Click Here To Read The OnLine Version of our May / June 2003 Issue of
The South Florida Trooper Newsletter

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

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!


NORMAN JULIAN GRAY Lieutenant Colonel US Army Retired April 18, 1929 - February 15, 2003

The South Florida Chapter has lost a great friend and fellow trooper. Norman Julian Gray born April 18, 1929 passed away on February 15th 2003. You and I now have a pathfinder sitting next to God. Norm has the drop zone marked, the recognition signals set out, and is asking God to lower the wind speed so we will have a softer landing when our time comes. Marneen portrayed Norm, a few days before his death, as a pathfinder standing in the door waiting for his last jump. His ‘last’ flight lasted for several months and must have been one of the most frightening and bumpy flights ever. We can only hope and pray that when our time comes we too will be able to handle it with the strength of inner peace and spiritual blessings that Norm displayed his last few months. Bob Buffington

Click Here For Norm's Page


US Paratroopers Florida License Plate Approved !

Don Moffett has worked long and hard to promote legislation establishing a US Paratroopers License Plate for the State of Florida, and he succeeded this month with greatly appreciated help from Ken Sorensen, PhD, Florida State Representative, District 120. This article from the Miami Herald just touches on this achievement of Don's but also contains other information of interest to all Troopers in Florida:

The Miami Herald / May 9, 2003
Section: Local / Edition: State
Page: 5B

LEGISLATIVE SESSION GIVES BOOST TO MILITARY CAUSE
RANDOLPH PENDLETON, Associated Press

With the United States fighting in Iraq and patriotic fervor running high, the Legislature found it easy to pass bills to help the military during the session that ended last week.

There were bills to make life easier for military personnel, relieving them of responsibility for housing and auto leases and preserving their Bright Futures college scholarships when they are deployed. Others protected them against discrimination when they rent homes and increasing the number who qualify for veterans' preference in hiring.

Homeowners were given the right to fly service flags on patriotic holidays regardless of condominium association rules, license tags were created for the Army, Navy, Air Force, paratroopers and Coast Guard - the Marines already had one - and highways and bridges were named in honor of POWs and Purple Heart winners.

``We wanted to do everything we could to show our support and appreciation to our men and women in the military,'' said Sen. Mike Fasano, chairman of the Military and Veterans' Affairs, Base Protection and Spaceports Committee.

There was a more practical reason for some of the legislation, too.

With another round of base closings coming up in two years, the state is doing everything it can to convince military officials that Florida's 23 installations should remain intact.

Duane H. Cassidy, a retired Air Force general in Ponte Vedra who is cochairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Base Closures, said little things mean a lot when it comes to getting the Pentagon's attention.

``The support from the state level, as viewed by the Department of Defense, is very, very important,'' Cassidy said.

In addition to protecting its existing bases, Cassidy said, Florida is interested in getting units transferred to the state from bases that might be closed elsewhere.

But while there was a flurry of military bills this session, not everything passed.

House Bill 661, which would have required cities and counties to seek input from local base commanders when they made planning and zoning decisions affecting property near their bases, died in the House Appropriations Committee.

Supporters said the bill would prevent encroachment on military bases by development that might be incompatible with their operations.

For example, Cassidy said, having homes or businesses too close to an air base can force restrictions in flight operations because of noise problems.

``Encroachment is one of the very, very big deals,'' Cassidy said. ``It's not a little deal, it's a big deal. Those bases with the least encroachment have the best chance of staying around.''

Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said the bill will be back.

``It is a must-pass bill next year,'' Fasano said. ``We need to send a positive message to Washington that Florida is doing everything we can to protect those 23 bases.''

Rep. Stan Jordan, a Jacksonville Republican who heads the House military and veterans' affairs subcommittee, said the bill got caught in a logjam in the Appropriations Committee.

Jordan said he plans to see that bills that are needed to prevent base closings are prominently identified in the future and rated on a scale of relative importance.

Rep. Greg Evers, R-Baker, who sponsored the encroachment bill in the House, said he was unable to convince Appropriations Chairman Bruce Kyle, R-Fort Myers, that the expense was negligible.

``I was very upset, because it was the right thing to do,'' Evers said.

Pam Dana, director of the governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, said it is important to prevent encroachment on bases, but the goal may be accomplished through voluntary cooperation from local governments.

Budget considerations also sank two other military initiatives.

A bill that would have earmarked for military dependents $2.5 million from a program that provides corporate scholarships for private school education died when the Legislature failed to expand the program, currently limited to $50 million.

Gov. Jeb Bush is asking the Legislature to expand the program in the special session that begins Monday.

The businesses are reimbursed by a credit on their corporate income tax.

Fasano said he will file legislation again to reserve a part of the money for military dependents.

Copyright © 2003 The Miami Herald

PARATROOPER LICENSE PLATE

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. Copyright © 2003 The Miami Herald

Chairman - Bob Buffington



Text of
US Paratroopers License Plate
Proposal for State of Florida
Bill H-0111 Sponsored by Ken Sorensen, PhD,
Florida State Representative, District 120


House 0111: Relating to U.S. Paratroopers License Plate


H111-----------------------GENERAL BILL by Sorensen
U.S. Paratroopers License Plate; creates U.S. Paratroopers license
plate; restricts eligibility to purchase such plates; provides for
distribution of annual use fees received from sale of such plates.
Amends 320.08056,.08058. EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/2003.
01/23/03 HOUSE Prefiled
01/29/03 HOUSE Referred to Highway Safety (TR); Transportation; Finance &
                  Tax; Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations
                  (AP); Appropriations
HB 0111 2003
   
1-----------------------A bill to be entitled
2         An act relating to specialty license plates; amending ss.
3   320.08056 and 320.08058, F.S.; creating the U.S.
4   Paratroopers license plate; restricting eligibility to
5   purchase such plates; providing for the distribution of
6   annual use fees received from the sale of such plates;
7   providing an effective date.
8         
9         Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10         
11         Section 1. Paragraph (mm) is added to subsection (4) of
12   section 320.08056, Florida Statutes, to read:
13         320.08056 Specialty license plates.--
14         (4) The following license plate annual use fees shall be
15   collected for the appropriate specialty license plates:
16         (mm) U.S. Paratroopers license plate, $20.
17         Section 2. Subsection (39) is added to section 320.08058,
18   Florida Statutes, to read:
19         320.08058 Specialty license plates.--
20         (39) U.S. PARATROOPERS LICENSE PLATES.--
21         (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 320.08053, the
22   department shall develop a U.S. Paratroopers license plate as
23   provided in this section. U.S. Paratroopers license plates must
24   bear the colors and design approved by the department. The word
25   "Florida" must appear at the top of the plate, and the words
26   "U.S. Paratroopers" must appear at the bottom of the plate. The
27   Airborne Wings and Glider Wings logo must appear in black on the
28   left side of the plate, centered from top to bottom. The plate
29   must have a white background with red and blue letters or
30   numbers.
31         (b) U.S. Paratroopers license plates may only be purchased
32   by current or former U.S. military paratroopers.
33         (c) The department shall retain all revenues from the sale
34   of such plates until all startup costs for developing and
35   issuing the plates are recovered, not to exceed $60,000.
36   Thereafter, the proceeds of the annual use fee shall be
37   distributed to the State Homes for Veterans Trust Fund.
38         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2003.
39

All Troopers owe thanks to Representative Sorensen for his efforts on our behalf in this matter
House Bill: H 0111, Sponsored by Ken Sorensen, PhD, Florida State Representative, District 120
Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committe Chairman
303 House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399-1300
Phone: 1-805-488-9965; FAX: 1-305-853-1949; e-mail:
sorensen.ken@leg.state.fl.us

Submitted by Don Moffett
Director and Past Chairman


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
1-954-435-9174
( Helga )

Vice-Chairman

Terry Watts
501 NW 78th Terrace
Plantation FL 33324-1435
1-954-476-6755
( Jan )

Secretary / Treasurer

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476
1-954-583-8081
( ............. )

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street / PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3945
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )


Sergeant-At-Arms

Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive #303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
1-954-730-0773
( Lydia )
Directors for 2002-2003

2002-2003 Director

Gus Vass
4511 Thomas Street
Hollywood FL 33021-3539
1-954-610-5371
( Maureen )

2002-2003 Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )
Past National President
and 2002-2003 Director
Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-5538
1-954-963-1454
( Lucy )

2002-2003 Director

French Shannon
Post Office Box 551776
Fort Lauderdale FL 33355-1776
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )

2002-2003 Director

Stu Franke
5210 SW 22nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-6002
1-954-966-0647
( Elinore )

2002-2003 Director

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
1-954-565-8123
( Bettye )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff


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

Remaining 2003 Regular MEETINGS:
May 20th; July 15th; August 19th; and October 21st
Remaining 2003 PICNICS:
June 8th and September 14th ( Annual elections Meeting)
November Meeting is the Installation Banquet.
REMEMBER - ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE !


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.






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 ( much preferred ) BobWirt@82airborne.org

The online WebSite as well as our SnailMail 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.

For those of you who have stopped me at meetings and picnics asking why the website didn't change from November, 2001, through April, 2002, I can only say that it was because no one sent anything to me to be published online, so nothing was. Sorry, but the website is here for your use and if you choose not to use it, it won't change much from day to day. It fact, it won't change at all.

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
chimera86@aol.com

Jim Battaglia JimB505@aol.com

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Chairman
abn82_sf@earthlink.net

Herb Bunch HERBBUNCH@aol.com

Jimmy Campillo JAMLU82@aol.com

Chris Collins madness_01@msn.com

Michael Davino MDavino@aol.com

Barry Dearden Balm33547@aol.com

Edward DeBarros edb1125@bellsouth.net

Jim DeMatteo jimdematteo@yahoo.com

John Desormeau JDesorm@bellsouth.net

Patrick Devine DevineHome@aol.com

Captain Laura M Foglesong
Foglesongs@hotmail.com

Jean-Marie Funke Traumatek@aol.com

Brian Gehling bgehling@hotmail.co

Myles Gill mylesgill@miamibeachfl.gov

George Gutshall Gusd217@aol.com

Norman J Gray Ngray50827@aol.com

Joe Guilbert JSGuilbert@aol.com

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson sarge5sf@aol.com

Al Hernandez herel@bellsouth.net

Angel R Jerez Angel@msn.com

Joe Lanzillo RangerJGL@aol.com

Hector Martinez martinez1264@bellsouth.net

Ted W Mauzey RNGR508@aol.com

Edward Meyers RangerEd@webtv.net

Don Moffett phylmoff@bellsouth.net

Robert V. Niskanenabnsisu@terranova.net

Joseph J Pappacoda MrQuiTam@aol.com

Jose L Perez Ortiz atmman1305@cs.com

Peter Portilla Ppsc@mediaone.net

Bill Radcliffe billrradcliffe@aol.com

Frank Rivera FrankRivera82nd@aol.com

French Shannon Jr French82abn@aol.com

Thomas Skrzyniecki iat-shop@t-online.de

Ron Stirlacci RL2760@aol.com

Jack Sullivan SullyinFL@msn.com

Terry Watts TPWATTS82@aol.com

Phil Webb Miamiphil@aol.com

Irv Weinsoff weinsoff@msn.com

Bob Wirt BobWirt@82airborne.org

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: BobWirt@82airborne.org

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.

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


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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 )

Name

Address

City

State
_______________ 9-digit Zip

Rank

ASN or SSN
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
ATTENTION OF:
Tony Altobell, Secretary / Treasurer
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335-2476
Phone: 1-954-583-8081
or chimera86@aol.com

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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
http://fayettevilleonline.com/airborne82dassn/

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, which now includes the 2003 issues, courtesy of Bob Buffington:

Click here for the May / June 2003 Newsletter Page

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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