2006 WebPage ARCHIVE Copy

"Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromise with its own values" Golda Meir

Division Association

South Florida Chapter
Bob Buffington, Secretary / Treasurer
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605

82nd Airborne Division
"America's Guard Of Honor"

All American ...
Chartered By

The US Congress

... All The Way

AMERICA - Land Of The FREE, Because Of The BRAVE

2006 Veterans Day Ceremony
Saturday, November 11th 2006 @ 11:00 Hours

There will be a memorial brick-laying ceremony at the Sandy Nininger Memorial at the Fort Lauderdale RiverWalk. Our South Florida 82nd Airborne Chapter Honor Guard will parade the colors, and we hope as many troopers as possible will attend the 11AM ceremony.

Located on RiverWalk on the north side of New River, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1994, this statue on a marble base commemorates the life and heroic military service of Lt. Alexander Ramsay "Sandy" Nininger. The first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, Nininger grew up in Ft. Lauderdale.

The bronze casting, the work of sculptor Enzo Gallo, depicts Lt. Nininger as he might have appeared just prior to his death on January 12, 1942. Part of General MacArthur's defensive force in the Philippines at the start of WWII, Nininger voluntarily attached himself to a company then in combat. The official citation reads in part: "[Nininger] repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand-grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups"

Other recognition of Nininger in the Ft. Lauderdale community includes Nininger Drive, Nininger AmVets Post #3, and the Nininger Army Reserve Center.

The mosaic tile mural behind the statue is dedicated to all veterans and the names of over 300 Broward war dead are inscribed in special bricks surrounding the marble base.

Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, at the:

American Legion Post 92
211 North 21st Avenue
Hollywood FL 33020-4506
Phone: 954-923-2760

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
See you in 2007

82nd Airborne Division South Florida Chapter Caps and Shirts

The caps are adjustable so one size fits all. We have on hand the following color caps: White, Navy, and Black - other colors can be special ordered.
The South Florida Chapter is what is embroidered above the pocket - $2.00 additional charge to have your name embroidered on right side of the chest opposite the 82nd logo.
The shirts are 50% Cotton & 50% Polyester Stain Resistant: On hand we have Black, Birch, and Navy - Other colors can be special ordered.

Cap Cost: $10 + $2 postage

Shirt Cost: $20 + $2 postage

Buy at a meeting and save postage

Order From: Bob Buffington, 2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City FL 33026-3605 Phone: 1-954-435-9174

2007 Officers and Directors Installed November 4th 2006

Officers for 2006-2007

South Florida Chairman
French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325-4548
( Marie )


Roger Labonte
5070 SW 28th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-5854
( Juli )

Secretary / Treasurer

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


Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Avenue Apt 101
Hollywood FL 33021-7967
( Carolyn )


Roger Cupo
Apt 503
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3153

Directors for 2006-2007


Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33021-7967
( Carolyn )


German Martinez
81211 NW 15th Street
Pembroke Pines FL 33024
( .......... )


Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive Apt 303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
( Lydia )

Judge Advocate / Director

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
( Sylvia )


Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
( Phyllis )


Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280

Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
( Bettye )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff

Scenes from the Installation Dinner at The Bavarian Village Restaurant

French, Roger, Roger, Irv, Ron,

Don, Bob and Bob at swearing-in.

Irv Weinsoff, Tony Altobell and Avi Mizrachi's lady socialize ...

Bob Wirt with his beautiful wife...

Irv Weinsoff - Paratrooper's Creed
Bob Buffington - Welcome
French Shannon - Marching orders

2006 Officers and Directors INSTALLATION DINNER

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Start planning now to attend our Annual Installation Dinner.
Preparations are under way, and we need donations for door prizes.
Please contact the Banquet Chairman:
Robert Buffington at 1-954-435-9174

Reservations must be received No Later Than October 24th, 2006
This is our only social event where a jacket and tie are suggested.

We will have our installation of officers and presentation of an award for Trooper of The Year.
There will be drawings for Door Prizes and a Basket Of Cheer.
There'll be gifts for everyone and a great time will be had by all, as usual.

Come for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres @ 18:00;
Dinner is served around 19:00;
Installation Ceremonies, not-too-boring speeches and bad-to-worse jokes begin about 20:30.
Guest speaker to be announced ... Watch this space.

See you Saturday, November 4th at:

The Bavarian Village Restaurant
1401 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, Florida 33020-2896
Phone 1-954-922-7321

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Make check payable to: 82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
Mail check to: Robert Buffington, 2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City Fl 33026-3605

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Dinners will be served with a Fresh fruit cup, Stuffed Baked Potato,
Fresh mixed vegetables and German Black Forest Cake, Coffee or Tea

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Fall Picnic, SUNDAY, September 10th, 2006 - TOPEEKEEGEE YUGNEE PARK ( TY Park )

Elections were held at TY Park under a threatening thunderstorm in the shelter of several large trees. Questions of bravery or foolishness aside, new officers were elected for the coming year with French Shannon taking over as Chairman and Roger Labonte as Vice-Chairman. Bob Buffington continues to serve as Secretary / Treasurer - but in a newly elected position succeeding himself as Tony Altobell's summer replacement. Details to follow on the other offices, with the 2006 Installation Dinner scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2006, at The Bavarian Village Restaurant, 1401 North Federal Highway, Hollywood FL 33020-2896 Phone 1-954-922-7321

Early arrivals headed for the burgers, dogs and soft-drinks

French, Ron and Buff preside...

The elections in progress...

Bob Wirt and Roger Labonte...

Joe Lanzillo, Airborne Ranger...

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 (#4) - Turn to your (military) left just inside the Park's Main Entrance at 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood FL 33021 phone 954-985-1960.

Picnic starts at 11:00AM ... Before lunch there're coffee and donuts for the early-birds. Most everyone is busy chowing down by noon or so and the eating and socializing take up the better part of the day with 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. Groceries contributed by individuals are welcomed, as always, as they definitely supplement the meeting's food budget.

WHO? All paratroopers past and present - members or not. Bring your families and friends, especially that co-worker who also served in the airborne. Wives, kids and grandkids of all ages are welcome at what is a really enjoyable family affair. Anyone you know who was airborne and is not a member should be invited to attend. The Chapter is a great place for airborne types to socialize with their own and to renew old friendships or develop new ones with other like-minded troopers.

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 $15.00 you'll spend this year.

A business meeting for the election of officers will be held beginning at 1400 hours, for which nominees must be present to be elected. Those who have not already put their names forward for office are encouraged to do so at the meeting as we always need the services of those willing to contribute their time to the Chapter's ongoing operations and effectiveness. The Chapter's 50th anniversary is upcoming in 2008, and our longevity is due solely to the dedication of a lot of volunteers (just like yourself) who have given of their time and effort to ensure its success.

See you there!

Don't forget Our next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, at the:

American Legion Post 92
211 North 21st Avenue
Hollywood FL 33020-4506
Phone: 954-923-2760

See you Saturday, November 4th at:
The Bavarian Village Restaurant
1401 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, Florida 33020-2896
Phone 1-954-922-7321


AIRBORNE! All The Way!

Here's a map, for the 2nd Lieutenant in each of us:

The 82nd ABN South Florida Chapter Honor Guard
Parades at USBC Championship Picnic July 2006

Our Chapter Honor Guard present and on duty
at the 4th of July Parade in Key Largo FL, 2006

Received this reminder from the Special Forces Association Hqs
Thought it was worth posting here ... Bob Wirt


Your alarm goes off; you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.
He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at, as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troop’s shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash on your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He does not get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for months, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You are angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He is told he will be held an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for that night.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own government and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of the men like him.
He hears the gun fire and bombs.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does what he is told.

You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call and write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your bed, with down pillows, and try to get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gun fire.

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is a worse place because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him

Support our troops

Spring Picnic, SUNDAY, March 19th, 2006 -

And a fine time was had by all ...

Ron and Lydia, center stage ...

82nd Airborne Division Association, South Florida Chapter
Chapter Officers and Directors for 2006

Officers for 2005-2006

South Florida Chairman
Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive #303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
( Lydia )


French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325-4548
( Marie )

Secretary / Treasurer

Bob Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026
-3605 1-954-435-9174
( Helga )

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
( Sylvia )


Roger Cupo
Apt 303
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3154

Directors for 2005-2006

Director / Chaplain

Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Avenue Apt 101
Hollywood FL 33021-7967
( Carolyn )


Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
( Phyllis )

Ed Meyers
7531 NW 1st Court
Pembroke Pines
FL 33024-7003
R.I.P. 07/11/2006


Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
( Sylvia )


Jim Bono
722 NE 14th Ave Apt
Fort Lauderdale
Fl 33304-2804


Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280

Fort Lauderdale FL 33339
( Bettye )

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff

TONY ALTOBELL: Tony has accepted a very good contract to work in Detroit MI. He will be departing sometime in April, and will be greatly missed by the South Florida Chapter. He assures us that he will be going back and forth for some time, but we will surely miss him. Tony has served this chapter in many different positions: Chairman; Vice-Chairman; Secretary/Treasurer; Director; and the chief cook and bottle washer during the picnics. His dry sense of humor and his witty remarks will be missed during our meetings. His handling of the Secretary/Treasurer position, which he has held for the past three years, will be a very hard act to follow. We all wish Tony good luck and God's speed, and we all hope his "backs" will be longer than the "forths". Bob Buffington


January -
Meeting conducted by Vice-Chairman French Shannon. Herman Martinez was present and is in the process of changing his membership from the Puerto Rico Chapter to the South Florida Chapter. Herman was welcomed with open arms by all those present. The events surrounding the dedication of the Airborne Training area in Camp Blanding in memory of South Florida Member Norman Gray was explained. The Chapter Banner was approved for purchase, and Tony Altobell will take care of the purchase with Jimmy Campillo doing the art work. Anyone with pictures of the Installation Banquet are requested to email them to Bob Wirt for publication on our website. Members inquired of the health of members Lou Varrone and Stu Franke. Anyone knowing anything about their health please contact the Chairman at 954-732-0773. The Chapter received our annual rebate from National HQ in the amount of $404.50, this covered the five new members, the seven early birds and the forty-one All-American members.

February - Meeting conducted by Chairman Ron Stirlacci. The minutes and Treasurer's reports were read and approved. The banner should be on hand prior to the March picnic. The membership committee has mailed out 47 letters to members who who have renewed their memberships for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. One member's wife replied to inform us that her husband had passed away in 2002. Three other letters were returned because of bad addresses. Tony Altobell announced that he will be doing a great deal of work out of state over the remainder of this year, so he will be stepping down as Secretary/Treasurer sometime in April. The membership present voted to name Bob Buffington the interim Secretary/Treasurer to fulfill Tony's term which will expire this year.

AIRBORNE! All The Way!

Have You Paid Your 2006 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say 2006,
you haven't paid for this year.
Please send your check for $15.00 payable to:

82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
c/o Bob Buffington, Sec / Treas
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605

If you'd like to make it out for a little extra,
anything over the annual $15.00
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 1-954-732-0773
or Gus Vass at 1-954-610-5371

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.

"All American All the Way:
The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II"

Phil Nordyke

For the first time, All American All The Way tells the definitive human story of what was arguably the most elite American fighting division of World War II, the immortal 82nd Airborne Division. Combining oral and written accounts drawn from almost 1,000 veterans, the history of the division in World War II is told from the perspectives of the troopers in the foxholes. These accounts most often have never before been recorded: they are the experiences and reflections of the junior officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men - those who did the fighting.

"Hunting The Jackal:
A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies"

Billy Waugh with Tim Keown

No synopsis can adequately describe Waugh's experiences. He spent seven and a half years in Vietnam, many of them behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. He was tailed by Usama bin Laden's unfriendly bodyguards while jogging through the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, at 3 A.M. And, at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as one of a select number of CIA operatives who hit the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Waugh came face-to-face with bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. Waugh describes his daily surveillance routine with clear-eyed precision. Without fanfare, fear, or chance of detection, he could have killed the 9/11 mastermind on the dirty streets of Khartoum had he been given the authority to do so.

No man is more qualified to chronicle America's fight against its enemies - from communism to terrorism - over the past half-century. In Hunting the Jackal, Billy Waugh has emerged from the shadows and folds of history to write a memoir of an extraordinary life for extraordinary times.

© 2004 Billy Waugh

The Norman J Gray Airborne Refresher Training Facility

From: "Robert Buffington" <rbuff@earthlink.net> Date: January 20, 2006 1:26:51 PM EST
To: "WebMaster" <BobWirt@82airborne.org> Subject: Camp Blanding Dedication

The Norman J Gray Airborne Refresher Training Facility was dedicated in honor of the memory of Lieutenant Colonel Norman J. Gray on December 3rd, 2005. The Airborne Refresher Training Facility construction was started in February 2003, which was the fortieth anniversary of the 3rd Battalion’s existence in the Florida National Guard, and completed in July 2003. The cost of the facility was approximately $749,000.00.

The facility consists of a 34-foot tower that is used to rehearse aircraft exit procedures for fixed wing operations and a 120 feet long x 50 feet wide x 25 feet high metal building that houses three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter mock-ups, one fixed wing mock-up, a parachute landing fall area, and a lateral drift apparatus that is used to rehearse basic airborne procedures. The 34-foot tower is the only one in existence with both door exits and ramp exits. The platform allows the exit in stick formation of three personnel from the door positions of two personnel from the ramp position.
Norman J. Gray was a Charter Member of the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group having been very instrumental in forming Charlie Company on February 15th, 1963 in Miami. Charlie Company later grew into a full Battalion and became the 3rd Battalion 20th SFG. Today the Battalion consists of Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment and Battalion Support Company located at Camp Banding Joint Training Center, Alpha Company located in Ocala, Charlie Company located in Wauchuala, and Bravo Company, which is split between North Carolina, Kentucky, and Michigan.
Norman J. Gray served as Company Commander, C Company, 3rd Bn 20th SFG. As a Major he received the Florida Cross and Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism for his actions in saving the lives of passengers of an C-119 that caught fire shortly after takeoff from Jacksonville, Florida while in route to Camp Shelby, Mississippi on 16 July 1966.

Major Gray displayed exceptional knowledge and professionalism, extreme perseverance, and sound judgment during a very dangerous situation where he prepared his men, many of them inexperienced in aerial flight, to bail out of the aircraft. The aircraft had departed Jacksonville when it caught fire. On board were 34 men from the 3rd Battalion, 20th SFG. Of the 34 men on board several had not been to Basic Training, and several more had not attended Jump School. All 34 men plus the Air Force flight crew exited the burning aircraft safely.
Norman J. Gray went on to become the second Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion and later also served as the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry. He also served as a member of the Adjutant General’s staff and as executive officer for the Camp Blanding Training Site.
Lieutenant Colonel Gray passed away on 15 February 2003, which ironically marked the 40th Anniversary of the Battalion’s existence in the Florida National Guard and the month that ground was broke for the Airborne Refresher Training Facility.
The dedication ceremony was attended by several hundred people including Ron Stirlacci, Don Moffett, Gus Vass, Larry Marks and Bob Buffington from the South Florida Chapter. Bob Buffington also served in Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th SFG from March 1967 to July 1977. (with several breaks in service).

The South Florida Chapter has lost a loyal and hard-working officer of long-standing:

ROBERT "BOB" NISKANEN, passed away December 25, 2003 at age 65. He was born in Maynard, MA, and resided in Islamorada, Florida. Bob is survived by his wife, Beverlee, daughters, Debbie Midkiff and Linda Williams, sons, Bruce and Michael Niskanen, sisters, Mary and Vera, brother, Donald, seven grandsons and one granddaughter. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Div. Assoc., Special Forces, Triple Nickel, American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested contributions be made to 82nd Abn. Div. Assoc., Education Fund, P.O. Box 65089, Fayetteville, NC 28306-5089. Published in The Miami Herald on 12/31/2003. To visit Bob's Guest Book Online, click on the link below:

Bob was the spark-plug of our South Florida Chapter, never failing to pitch-in when work needed doing; never one to shirk his duties or responsibilities; always the guy who volunteered to do the heavy-lifting and get the work of the Chapter done. He took the spirit of his days in service at several Special Forces Groups (7th SFG, 10th SFG and 8th SFG) to heart. De Oppresso Liber meant liberation of the oppressed to those of us who served on various A-Teams and Bob never failed to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.
Bob Wirt

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

Passing of Ed Meyers, Army Ranger during Korean War

Edward Meyers, longtime Officer and Director of the South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association died Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, at Memorial Hospital Pembroke Pines FL. Ed served with the Army Rangers in Korea then went on to serve with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 7/14/2006: Meyers, Edward, 74, of Pembroke Pines, FL passed away on July 11, 2006. Boyd's Family Funeral Home, University Drive.

Viewing: Sunday July 16th 2-4PM and 6-8PM at Boyd's Family Funeral Home, 1600 North University Drive, Pembroke Pines FL 33024-5037 (just South of Taft Street) - (954) 983-6400

Funeral: Monday July 17th at 10AM at Saint David Catholic Church, 3900 South University Drive, Davie FL 33328-3003 (just North of Griffin Road) - (954) 370-0819

Burial: (Immediately following the funeral) at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North, 3001 NW 72nd Avenue, Hollywood FL 33024-2851 (north of Sheridan Street and South of Charleston Street) - (954) 983-2202

Message From: James Battaglia <Jimb505425@adelphia.net> Date: July 8, 2006 2:24:11 PM EDT
To: Bob Wirt <BobWirt@82airborne.org> Subject: Just a line to say I miss you all

I read the South Florida Web, and all the memories of my time with the Chapter, are happy ones. I'm surviving throat cancer and I'm doing good. I just want to say, I MISS YOU ALL - AIRBORNE! Jim Battaglia

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 doesn't change much, I can only say that it's because no one sends much to me to be published online, so nothing much gets posted. 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:

Serafin Agostini 

Tony Altobell,

William Barry

Jim Battaglia

Tigner Blackman 

Jim Bono

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Secretary / Treasurer

Herb Bunch

Gregg Calhoun

Jimmy Campillo

James Capasso

Art Cockerham

Chris Collins

Johnny Currington

Steven Daugherty

Michael Davino

Barry Dearden

Edward DeBarros

Jim DeMatteo

John Desormeau

Patrick Devine

Gerald Ellis

Joe Fischler

Captain Laura M Foglesong

Jean-Marie Funke

Brian Gehling

Joseph Gethers

Myles Gill

Alfred Gilliam

George Gutshall

Joe Guilbert

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson

Al Hernandez III

Angel R Jerez

Moses Johnson

George Klien

Edmund Kolby

Harold Kravitz

Roger Labonte
South Florida Vice-Chairman

Joe Lanzillo

Gilberto Marin Jr

John Marlowe

Jason Marker

Hector Martinez

Ted W Mauzey

Cary Mendelsohn

Avi Mizrachi

Don Moffett

Kevin Moyers

Joseph J Pappacoda

Henry Oppenborn

Jose L Perez Ortiz

Ronald Perkins

Peter Portilla

Bill Radcliffe

Frank Rivera

French Shannon Jr
South Florida Chairman

Thomas Skrzyniecki

Ron Stirlacci

Jack Sullivan

Dewey Tyler

Gus Vass

Terry Watts

Phil Webb

Irv Weinsoff

Bob Wirt

Gary Zalewski

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
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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Airborne Unit(s)
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Dates of Airborne Service
Month & Year for each
Dates of Airborne Service
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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 Airborne Division South FL Chapter
Bob Buffington, Secretary / Treasurer
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
Phone: 1-954-435-9174
or rbuff@earthlink.net

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A Fraternity of Paratroopers and Glidermen

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Association, Inc.

Post Office Box 9308
Fayetteville NC 28311-9308


Past Newsletter Issues Archives

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 2000-2003 newsletters:

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