2007 WebPage ARCHIVE Copy
AMERICA - Land Of The FREE, Because Of The BRAVE

The 82nd AIRBORNE
Division Association

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

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


All American ...
Chartered By

The US Congress


... All The Way



Coming Soon -
FLORIDA ALL AIRBORNE DAYS - 2008

15-21 OCT 2008

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport
1870 Griffin Road
Dania Beach FL 33004-2214
Phone: 954-926-8515




Don't forget our
next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008, at the:

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



Fisher House

Date:     17 November 2007

To:         Friends & Family, near & far

From:     COL Lettie Bien (Ret)

RE:         Fisher House

I know this is an immensely impersonal way to say hello and ask you to do something, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures. Please forgive me and know that you, individually, are very special to me in many ways and for many reasons.

As many of you know, I have started a new position in the financial services industry. I am the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Investor Solutions in Coconut Grove.

But my passion remains my volunteer-related work, in general, and for our military and Veterans, in particular. My latest project is bringing a Fisher House to Miami. For those of you that have been or are involved in the military, you know what a Fisher House is and how important they are to our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coasties. For those that don't, please read on.

The Fisher House program provides a compassionate home away from home for families of patients receiving long term or rehabilitative care at every major military and VA medical center. They serve as a tangible symbol of support for our military and Veterans and their families. They have played a critical role in caring for our wounded and injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Miami has been named a recommended site for a Fisher House.  Over 400 military families annually, in the South Florida area, are paying with out of pocket money for lodging costs so that they can be with loved ones at the Miami VA hospital. This outlay is not reimbursable and our young families can ill afford this necessary expense.  We don't have an active duty base in Miami; we have mostly Reservists and Guardsmen that have found themselves in harm’s way. We must help them!

A potential Fisher House community is asked to raise seed money for that house to be built. The Fisher House Foundation will then provide the remaining (and majority) percentage of funds to construct and furnish the house and ensure the operating & maintenance costs and expenses in perpetuity. We need to raise $2 million dollars to start the construction of the 21- room private suite house to be located on the VAHS Miami campus. The land is available, cleared and ready.

As you acknowledge your many blessings AND think about your end of year contributions, please consider showing your thanks by making a donation toward our Miami Fisher House. Regardless of your political position on our foreign affairs philosophies and actions, we must support our individual Americans that comprise our Services and ensure our freedoms.   To make your contribution to this tax deductible,  501(C)(3) entity, you can go to the national site at www.fisherhouse.org ; be sure to scroll down to the Miami VAHS Fisher House. Or you can go to our site at www.fisherhousemiami.org where all payment options are identified. Or you can make the contribution as part of your Combined Federal Campaign contribution. Any and all amounts add up.

Any questions you have I will be happy to answer, but most everything can be found at the two websites. Thank you for your consideration in this very important and urgent activity. Our Veterans need your support.

With Love, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving & Season’s Greetings - Lettie Bien


Saluting Your Flag

This Bill was passed July 25, 2007.
Let your veteran friends know about the Passage of this Bill - It's OK to once again salute your flag...


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.

"The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.

"Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.

"I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."



Don't forget our
next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008, at the:

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


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



2008 Officers and Directors Installed November 10th 2007

Officers for 2007-2008

South Florida Chairman
French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325-4548
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )
French82abn@aol.com

Vice-Chairman

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335
1-954-583-8081
( Carol )
chimera86@aol.com

Secretary / Treasurer

Bob Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
1-954-435-9174
( Helga )
RBuff@bellsouth.net

Chaplain

Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Avenue Apt 101
Hollywood FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Carolyn )
MylesGill@miamibeachfl.gov

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )
Weinsoff@msn.com

Sergeant-At-Arms

Roger Cupo
Apt 503
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3153
1-954-993-1705

Directors for 2007-2008

Director

Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Lucy )
jamlu82@comcast.net

Director

German Martinez
81211 NW 15th Street
Pembroke Pines FL 33024
1-954-435-4992
( Leonides )
Airborne1914@bellsouth.net

Director

Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive Apt 303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
1-954-732-0773
( Lydia )
RL2760@aol.com

Director

Al Gilliam
4700 NW 18th Court
Lauderhill Fl 33313-4122
  1-954-739-7082
(
.......... )
MRG1654@msn.com

Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )
PhylMoff@bellsouth.net

Director / WebMaster

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
1-954-565-8123
( Bettye )
BobWirt@82airborne.org

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff Weinsoff@msn.com


Irv, Bob, Al, Ron, German, Don, Roger, Jimmy, French and Tony sworn in by Secretary/Treasurer Bob Buffington

A Dying Institution: Our Veterans Associations
LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans © 2007
This past weekend I spoke at the South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association Veteran’s Day reunion. As I entered the small conference room, tucked quietly within the corner of a suburban restaurant, I quickly noticed the age difference between those of the chapter’s proud veterans and myself. I was the “honored” guest, a young 37 years old veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, amongst men that had parachuted into the fields of Normandy over 60 years ago, delayed Communist forces along the Yalu River in the Korean War, and fought in the jungles of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I felt like a dwarf amongst giants, humbled by those who had written the pages of modern history by their sweat and blood. I did not feel special but rather honored to sit and talk with these quiet men with whom time has slowly taken away their youthfulness but not their pride and patriotism.

Upon arriving that evening, I walked around to greet people and introduce my wife, but I could not help noticing that we were the youngest people within the room. Suddenly, a feeling of sorrow and shame embraced me as I wondered where my fellow veterans were. Within the small room were men of all different parts of American society that held a special bond and pride of their service and sacrifice, given to their nation during perilous times in their youth. They all answered the call to serve and following their duty, they made a commitment to come back together in order to remember and take care of those who returned less fortunate.

During the mid-20th century veterans associations were successful recruiting service members from World War II and Korea due to the large number of veterans involved in these conflicts and their political activity to advance veteran rights as the country absorbed them back into society. In the political aftermath of the Vietnam War, other veteran organizations began appearing as disenfranchised veterans called for attention and gratitude for their service in an unpopular war.

However, there has been a noticeable decline in the membership of many veteran groups since these wars. The decline seems attributable to the


LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans

lack of sustained conflicts, with combat affected veterans, in the 1980s and 1990s, disinterest by younger vets, and a general misconception that veteran organizations are for the older generations of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The question is if the hundred of thousands of veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere will replenish the depleted ranks of America’s veteran organizations.

Unfortunately, this group of veterans, once bursting with membership is slowly withering away. Further, this phenomenon is not exclusive to the veteran’s chapter that I met, but is occurring throughout this nation as more and more veterans leave their ranks with few, younger veterans replacing their hallowed halls. When I finally sat down, I asked a question to the veterans at my table, “Where are the veterans from our recent wars?” The answer was, “Not here.” My next thought was why.

The history of veteran’s association is intricately linked with the history of our nation both in their development and in their purpose. Since the War of Independence to the Civil War and following America’s world wars in the 20th century, veterans have organized into collective groups in order to advocate both recognition of their service and request assistance in areas such as health care and education.

More importantly, they have served as institutions to remind Americans
of the human costs of war and the sacrifice made by so few for so many. These institutions are dying with their aged members and as they disappear, so will their wisdom and history.

As the evening continued, I asked dozens of questions about the experiences of the veterans at my table, which included a former Tuskegee Airman turned combat paratrooper in the Korean War. There was a glaring point that these men, and their spouses, shared a camaraderie that our generation of veterans needs to continue. While we continued to talk, it came time for me to deliver my speech and so I humbly went to the small podium situated in the middle of the room among tightly packed dinner tables. I talked briefly about the history of Veteran’s Day, the 82nd Airborne Division, and proudly discussed the division’s many deployments in the current Global War of Terror, to include my former battalion that is now on its fourth deployment in five years. At the end, I concluded with what I termed a “Call to us”.

I explained that the “call” was our need and responsibility, as a collective group, to honor the thousands of service members who will not return from the war and to be prepared to receive the thousands of veterans that are coming home wounded and fatigued through organizations such as theirs. Veteran organizations are invaluable and not a relic of past conflicts but institutions that need to engender the new wave of American veterans fresh from the sands of the Middle East.

At the end of the night’s events, my wife and I stayed around to give our thanks for the invitation and say our goodbyes to the many veterans that attended. Many veterans stopped to say thank you in a way that made me feel even more humble, it was if I was a visiting dignitary or movie star. I quickly let them know that I was the one humbled because they were, and continue to be, my heroes. As I delicately shook many tired and aged hands, I made a promise to them that my generation would honor them not through words but rather by stepping up to take their place to ensure America does not forget those who have bled for its freedom.

LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans © 2007

Installation Banquet for 2008 Officers and Directors Elected September 16, 2007

Once again our annual Installation Banquet is upon us.

This year's banquet will be in a different place than the past dozen or so have been.
Due to ongoing renovations taking place at the Bavarian Village, this year's banquet has been moved to

The TROPICAL ACRES RESTAURANT - located 0.6 miles west
Of I-95 (exit #23) on Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale, so start planning now.
 
WHEN: Saturday November 10th 2007
WHERE: Tropical Acres Restaurant
                    2500 Griffin Road
                    Fort Lauderdale FL 33312
                    (954) 989-2500
 
RESERVATION: Must be received no later than October 26th
Cocktails start at 1800 (6pm). Dinner is served at 1900 (7pm)


The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Bryan P Hernandez :
LTC Hernandez has served one tour in Afghanistan as the Combined Arms Assessment Team leader
attached to the 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
He also served in Iraq as the G-3 plans officer with the 82nd Airborne Division
He served his second tour in Iraq as Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Bn, 504th AIR, 82nd Abn Division
He is now serving with Southern Command as Joint Planner in J-3 Plans.

 
<<<<CLIP & MAIL >>>>  <<<<CLIP & MAIL >>>> <<<<CLIP & MAIL >>>>

Make checks payable to the 82d Abn Div Assn So FL Chapter
Mail checks to Bob Buffington @ 2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City, Fl 33026-3605
ENTRÉE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. NUMBER ......@ .........COST OF EACH .........TOTAL
Roast Prime Rib . . . . . . ....... .. (. . . ). . . . . . . . . .... . . . $27.00 . . . .. . . . $
Broiled Florida Red Snapper ......(. . . ). . . . . . . . .... . . . . $27.00 . . . .. . . . $
Stuffed Breast of Chicken . ......(. . . ). . . . . . . . .... . . . . $24.00 . . . .. . . . $
( Artichoke Parmesan ) . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Number of Meals ___ = TOTAL $
Dinners will be served with: Tossed Green Salad; California Medley ( vegetables );
Stuffed Baked Potato; Tea &/or Coffee; Breads and Butter; Black Forest Cake;
Cash bar will be available. . . . . . . . . . . .
Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . guest:
Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . email:
Any questions? Please contact Bob Buffington at 954-435-9174 or email rbuff@bellsouth.net



Scenes from recent Picnics & Meetings @ TY Park, Hollywood FL

Group shot from the Fall Picinc September 2007

Ron Stirlacci; Bob Wirt; Andy McGowan; Gus Vass; French Shannon; John Crews and son; Bob Buffington
Jim Bono; Roger Labonte; Jimmy Campillo; Irv Weinsoff; Al Gilliam

Images from the Summer Picinc June 2007

Jim Bono rigged and ready to go...

Bob and Bettye, sittin' in a tree

Rigging up Ron Stirlacci's parachute for a sound-off for equipment check

cooks at the ready...the ladies chat

and, oh yeah, there was a meeting


Images from the Spring Picinc March 2007


Chapter Pledges Allegiance before the business meeting presided over by Chairman French Shannon


Hospitality Tent (above) ... Meeting by the lake (right)

Tony back at the grill as in days of old...

Roger, Roger...


Images from the Fall Picnic last September 2006


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...

Fall Picnic, SUNDAY, September 16th, 2007 - 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 (#4) - Turn to your (military) right, just inside the Park's Main Entrance (Look for the Chapter Banner) 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, chicken 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 1300 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 any meeting or contact French Shannon at 954-472-3721 or by email at French82abn@aol.com

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. We need a Vice-Chairman; a Sergeant-At-Arms; a Judge Advocate; and three new Directors - as the old ones are getting old.

See you there!




FLORIDA ALL AIRBORNE DAYS
Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, October 28th, 2007
Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association

Convention Hotel: La Quinta Inn Clearwater
21338 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765-2828
Phone: 727-799-1565 Fax: 727-797-6801 TOLL FREE 800-531-5900
Mention FL All Airborne Days to receive the Convention Room Rate of $59/night
Hotel is located north of Gulf To Bay Blvd (Highway 60) on the west side of US Hwy 19

Convention Registration: $75 per person, which includes all aspects of the Hospitality Room.
For those only able to attend the Saturday dinner, the cost is $35 per person.
( This DOES NOT include the Hospitality Room )
We must have your registration by Friday, October 19th

Make checks payable to TBC and mail to Tampa Bay Chapter
2543 Sweetgum Way West, Clearwater FL 33761-3923
Name
Chapter
Street Address
City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . State . . . . . Zip
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . email
Number of Full Registrations ___ @ $75 = . . . . . . . .. . $
Number of Saturday Banquet only*___ @ $35 = . . . . . $
Total Enclosed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $
* Saturday Banquet ONLY does not include Hospitality Room privileges

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, 25th OCT:  Registration open from noon to 6:00 PM.
Hospitality includes hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Hospitality room open from noon to 2200 hrs.
 
Friday, 26th OCT: Registration open from noon to 6:00 PM.
Hospitality includes a fish fry from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Hospitality room open from noon to 2200 hrs.
 
Saturday, 27th OCT: Registration open from noon to 3:00 PM.
Hospitality includes a pig roast from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Hospitality room open from noon to 6:00 PM, on order to set up for dinner. ( Will reopen after dinner )

Saturday Banquet: The meal on Saturday will be a catered buffet.
We will have a social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, followed by buffet dinner.

Sunday, 28th OCT: Depart for home. 

RAFFLE: We will raffle a Kel-Tel P3AT.380 automatic pistol at the Saturday dinner.
This is a highly regarded light weight personal weapon - Tickets are $15 and only 100 tickets will be sold.
Contact Jack Nolan for raffle tickets : phone 727-797-7706 email JNolan7@tampabay.rr.com

JOIN US IN SUNNY FLORIDA
We Guarantee You And Your Family Will Enjoy Yourselves


Sick-Call Update on Terry Watts from Jan Watts :


From: TPWatts82@aol.com Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:33 AM Subject: TERRY UPDATE - HELLO,

IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I LAST WROTE AS USUAL.  THERE WAS A FEW WEEKS THAT TERRY WAS FEELING BAD AND THEN OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY HE FELT JUST GREAT.  COULD IT BE BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO IRELAND IN TWO DAYS??? 

CAN'T SAY, BUT WHO CARES... HE IS FEELING JUST GREAT!!!  HE WAS FEELING SO BAD THAT I HAD TO HELP HIM DO EVERYTHING. THEN LITTLE BY LITTLE HE GOT OVER THIS AND STARTED DOING EVERYTHING INCLUDING DRIVING AGAIN. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH THAT HELPED ME.

AS WE SPEAK HE IS RIDING DOWN BY THE BEACH WHERE HE HAS BEEN GOING TO WALK OUT ON THE BOARDWALK. THIS GIVES HIM THE NICE SEA AIR AND ALSO HELPS HIM TO DO MORE WALKING.

HE IS HOLDING HIS OWN AT 142 POUNDS FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AS OF TUESDAY HE WILL HAVE BEEN OFF HIS KEMO FOR 3 WEEKS, WHICH ALWAYS HELPS. HIS EATING HAS IMPROVED 100% AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT HE IS DRINKING BOTH WINE AND BEER AGAIN. BEING OFF THE KEMO GIVES HIM BACK HIS TASTE FOR THINGS. SO I AM HOPING THAT HE WILL PUT ON MORE THAN A FEW POUNDS WHILE IN IRELAND. 

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WE WILL BE GONE FROM 8/28 UNTIL 9/21. I GOT LUCKY AND USED MY DELTA SKY MILES FOR US BOTH AND WE ENDED UP FLYING TO IRELAND FOR ONLY $142.80!!! IF THAT'S NOT A BARGAIN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.
 
AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ATTACHMENT TERRY IS NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF A NEW FORD 2007 "SPORT TRAC". HE JUST LOVES IT. HE WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL HE GOT THE RESULTS FROM HIS NEXT "PET SCAN" BUT I TOLD HIM TO GET IT NOW SO HE CAN ENJOY IT WHILE HE IS FEELING GOOD. WHAT SENSE DOES IT MAKE TO BUY SOMETHING WHEN YOU CAN'T DRIVE IT AND ENJOY IT???
 
I GUESS THAT DOES IT FOR NOW, I WILL WRITE AGAIN WHEN WE GET BACK.  TAKE CARE ALL AND KEEP UP THE PRAYERS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IS HELPING HIM.
 
JAN


From: TPWatts82@aol.com Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 10:48 AM Subject: TERRY UPDATE

HI EVERYONE,
 
SORRY IT'S TAKEN ME SO LONG TO WRITE, BUT I CAUGHT A COLD IN IRELAND. IT'S TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO GET OVER IT !!  YES, WE ARE BACK FROM IRELAND AND WE HAD A GRAND TIME.  I KNOW YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS BUT TERRY GAINED 21 POUNDS WHILE ON VACATION!!!!! I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. HE IS NOW LOOKING HEALTHY. IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW BETTER YOU WOULD NEVER THINK HE HAS CANCER. HE WENT FOR HIS TREATMENT THIS PAST TUESDAY. AS USUAL HE IS FEELING TIRED AND ACHY BUT OTHER THAN THAT HE IS OK. ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR WE WILL BE GOING DOWN TO SOUTH FLORIDA FOR HIS NEXT PET SCAN AROUND THANKSGIVING. SO I KNOW HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE.
 
IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN. THE COUPLE WHO WERE WATCHING THE HOUSE FOR US SURPRISED US AND MOWED THE LAWN. GOD THAT WAS HELPFUL, BECAUSE WITH MY COLD I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT UNTIL TODAY. AS SOON AS TERRY FEELS 100% AGAIN WE HAVE A FEW TREES TO PUT IN. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW NICE THE WEATHER IS UP HERE. AS OF YESTERDAY THE TEMPERATURE WAS 72 DEGREES WHEN I WOKE UP AND IT DIDN'T GO HIGHER THAT THE MID 80'S. UNFORTUNATELY THIS WAS ONLY A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE IS GOING BACK UP THIS COMING THURSDAY. BUT AT LEAST IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP THE HOUSE FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS.
 
BEING THAT TERRY WAS FEELING SO GOOD WHILE WE WERE IN IRELAND WE MADE A SIDE TRIP TO ENGLAND. SINCE I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, WE WENT TO SEE HIS NEPHEW ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT AND HE TOOK UP ON A TOUR OF LONDON. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE! THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND SO LITTLE TIME TO SEE IT ALL. NEXT YEAR WE PLAN TO FLY TO LONDON FIRST AND STAY THERE FOR A FEW DAYS THEN GO TO IRELAND.
 
WELL, THAT DOES IT FOR NOW. EVERYONE KEEP UP THOSE PRAYERS BECAUSE I KNOW THEY ARE WORKING.
 
JAN



Memorial Day Honor Guard at Sandy Nininger Memorial, Fort Lauderdale FL, 2007


Bricks laid at the base of the Sandy Nininger memorial to honor our latest Iraq War dead.


South Florida Chapter Honor Guard




Sandy Nininger War Memorial
Fort Lauderdale FL 05/31/2007





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
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )
French82abn@aol.com

Vice-Chairman

Roger Labonte
5070 SW 28th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale FL 33312-5854
1-954-963-6002
( Juli )
rlwdwkg@bellsouth.net

Secretary / Treasurer

Bob Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
1-954-435-9174
( Helga )
RBuff@bellsouth.net

Chaplain

Myles Gill
1000 Tallwood Avenue Apt 101
Hollywood FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Carolyn )
MylesGill@miamibeachfl.gov

Sergeant-At-Arms

Roger Cupo
Apt 503
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3153
1-954-925-9917

Directors for 2006-2007

Director

Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Lucy )
jamlu82@comcast.net

Director

German Martinez
81211 NW 15th Street
Pembroke Pines FL 33024
1-954-435-4992
( .......... )
Airborne1914@bellsouth.net

Director

Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive Apt 303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
1-954-732-0773
( Lydia )
RL2760@aol.com

Judge Advocate / Director

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )
Weinsoff@msn.com

Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )
PhylMoff@bellsouth.net

Director / WebMaster

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
1-954-565-8123
( Bettye )
BobWirt@82airborne.org

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff Weinsoff@msn.com


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


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


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




AIRBORNE! All The Way!



Have You Paid Your 2008 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say 2008,
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"

by
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"

by
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



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 
feenieairborne@aol.com

Tony Altobell,
chimera86@aol.com

William Barry
balloonman1495@earthlink.net

Jim Battaglia
Jimb505425@adelphia.net

Col Lettie Bien (Ret)
LJBesq@aol.com

Tigner Blackman 
tigercsa@mailstation.com

Jim Bono
JBono01@aol.com

Michael Borrelli
MikeB417@aol.com

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Secretary / Treasurer
rbuff@bellsouth.net

Herb Bunch
HERBBUNCH@comcast.net

Gregg Calhoun
Fordhealey2@earthlink.net

Jimmy Campillo
jamlu82@comcast.net

James Capasso
inspcapaso@aol.com

Art Cockerham
Gloart@webtv.net

Chris Collins
madness_01@msn.com

Johnny Currington
currbail@bellsouth.net

Steven Daugherty
sdaugh8991@aol.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

Gerald Ellis
ell2580@aol.com

Joe Fischler
joefisch@fea.net

Lt Col Laura M Foglesong
Foglesongs@hotmail.com

Jean-Marie Funke
Traumatek@aol.com

Brian Gehling
bgehling@hotmail.com

Joseph Gethers
Joseph319@aol.com

Myles Gill
mylesgill@miamibeachfl.gov

Alfred Gilliam
MRG1654@msn.com

Joe Guilbert
JSGuilbert@aol.com

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson
sarge5sf@aol.com

Al Hernandez III
herel@bellsouth.net

Bob Hoke
bnbhoke@bellsouth.net

Angel R Jerez
Angel@msn.com

Moses Johnson
moejohn2@aol.com

George Klien
gucklan@aol.com

Edmund Kolby
rgrinf@yahoo.com

Harold Kravitz
Halklaw@bellsouth.net

Roger Labonte
South Florida Vice-Chairman
rlwdwkg@bellsouth.net

Joe Lanzillo
rangerjgl@bellsouth.net

Gilberto Marin Jr
gilmarinjr@hotmail.com

John Marlowe
ParatrooperJohn@aol.com

Jason Marker
jasonmarker@bellsouth.net

Hector Martinez
martinez1264@bellsouth.net

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 $15.00 _____
my annual membership dues for the year 2008
.....
subscription to PARAGLIDE & Newsletter included.
Enclosed is $16.00 _____
( 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 ___ # Children ____
Spouse's Name

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
ATTENTION OF:
Bob Buffington, Secretary / Treasurer
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
Phone: 1-954-435-9174
or rbuff@bellsouth.net

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Association National Headquarters


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A Fraternity of Paratroopers and Glidermen


82nd Airborne Division
Association, Inc.

Post Office Box 9308
Fayetteville NC 28311-9308
910-822-4534


http://www.82ndAssociation.org/



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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