San Diego Air Force Association Chapter 118 First Quarter 2015 Newsletter
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Chapter Leadership

President: Dick Jeffreys
Vice President - Gene Alfaro
Secretary – Crystal Arnote
Treasurer Jack Porath.  
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March 26th General Membership Meeting 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us for our upcoming General Membership meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015 beginning at 6pm.  The meeting will be at Filippi's Pizza, 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123.
Note that we've moved our meeting night to Thursdays.  Our meeting will begin at 6:00 for social time.  Dinner and our guest speaker will follow. 

Our speaker for the March 26th General Membership Meeting will be Air Force Major General (Retired) Mark Graper.  General Graper is a Senior Program Manager for Airborne Systems in the Defense Applications Division at the Cubic Corporation.  

Maj Gen (Retired) Mark Graper was commissioned in 1980 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a distinguished graduate.  

He is a command “fighter” pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours in F-4E, F-16, F-15E, T-38 and T-6 aircraft.  During his distinguished career, General Graper commanded the 90th Fighter Squadron, 612th Air Operations Group, 12th Flying Training Wing, and 354th Fighter Wing.  Additionally, he held a variety of senior leadership positions which include Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Forces Korea; Director, Standing Joint Force Headquarters – North, Headquarters U.S. Northern Command; Director, Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Southwest Asia; Assistant Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Assistant Vice Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force; and Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Center 7, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Allied Command Operations (NATO).  

General Graper is a distinguished graduate from Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Naval War College respectively.  He holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, and Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster.  

General Graper retired from the Air Force in October of 2013 and is now Senior Program Manager at Cubic Defense Applications.

12th Annual AFA & AFROTC Aztec "Shoot Out" Scholarship Golf Tournament

Registration is now open on our website for our 12th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Scholarships supporting the young men and women cadets of Detachment 75 of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Program (AFROTC) at San Diego State University.  

This year's tournament is at the Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos on April 24, 2015.  Tee time is 1:15pm with registration at 11:15am to allow time for pre-tournament warmup and some special events.

Every golf course designer wants to challenge golfers to hit the right shot without punishing them for missing a shot or two. At Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, California, Ted Robinson, course architect, has created a golf course that finds this balance.

The fairways at Twin Oaks are scenic and can reward golfers’ accuracy off the tee.  The greens are quick and true;  read your putt correctly and your ball will find the hole.

These tournaments have generated thousands of dollars to benefit the scholoarship program for local cadets at San Diego State's Detachment 75.

Thanks again go out to our generous sponsors who help make this Air Force Association Chapter 118 tournament a success with special appreciation to our Presenting Sponsor, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.


Please note  that The Military Order of the World Wars, San Diego Chapter, will be conducting its 59th Annual “Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance.” This tribute ceremony will be held at the historic Balboa Park Club building. It is an hour long patriotic service that will be a tribute to our flag and saluting all veterans. The event is on Saturday, March 21,2015, 10:00-11:30 AM

Order of Events:

  • $20.00  BUFFET Entree Choice of Roast Beef or Chicken. Vegetables, Salads, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, & Dessert 
  • Pay at Chapter Table in Luncheon Room: Credit Card Or Cash accepted,   or Check payable to “San Diego Chapter, MOWW”  
  • PLEASE SEND YOUR RESERVATION TO: CRAIG NOBLE  Phone: (619) 885-3907 or Email:
  • For your Luncheon Name Badge  Please Provide:  First Name and Rank or Title to be on Badge. Send # of reservations & names of Companions & Guests___ Reservations @ $20.00 Each

 Directions to Balboa Park Club Building:

Enter Balboa Park from Park Blvd at the Presidents Way intersection, which is traffic light and turn arrow equipped

Parking is available in Balboa Park in the lots near the Automobile Museum and Air & Space Museum. 

Drop-Off Driveway on West side of main parking lot. Follow Massing Colors sign.

Parking is also available at the Organ Pavilion lot, and at Park Blvd intersection, at first left turn after entering 'Presidents Way' from 'Park Blvd'.  

CyberPatriot VII Update:  

As you may remember, 54 teams from San Diego registered for the competition.  They represented 24 different high schools, middle schools, organization, and private schools.  Most teams were single entries; however, Westview High School entered 10 teams split between their NJROTC program and the Open Division.  

This year only 1 team from San Diego scored high enough to make it to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.  They are the Naval Sea Cadet Corps Fort Fisher Division team.  This is their 3rd year in the competition, and their 3rd year in making it to the final.  We wish them the best of luck!  Also, we will invite them to come to a meeting to tell us about their experiences.  

Community Partner Update:  

Last year was AFA’s Year of the Community Partner (CP) where each chapter was to work hard to sign up new CPs.  

Chapter 118 only added one new CP last year.  However, this year we are doing great!  At our March 26th General Membership Meeting, we will welcome 4 new CPs and present renewal medallions to 2 others.  

Our new Community Partners are:  Jeff Gordon from Landtech Landscaping, Colonel (Ret) Marty Wojtysiak from WojTek Associates, Captain Leanne Babcock from BobCat Fitness, and Major General (Ret) Mark Graper from Cubic Corporation.  

General Graper will also be our speaker for the evening.  We will also present renewal medallions to George Guerra from Northrop Grumman and Mike Green from Greenrock Realty.  

Please welcome them to the Chapter when you meet them.

Teacher of the Year Nominations

The San Diego chapter of the Air Force Association is now accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year, The chapter may select two teachers of the year one from grades K-8 and one from grades 9 to 12. .

The purpose of the Teacher of the Year program is to recognize classroom teachers at the chapter and state level for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and preparing students to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

Please provide the following information for your nominee:

  • Nominee’s Name:
  • Mailing Address:
  • Daytime Phone Number:
  • Email:
  • Subject & Grades taught:
  • Years in current position:
  • Total Years Teaching:
  • School Name:
  • School Address:
  • School Phone & Email:
  • Principal:
  • Principal Email:
  • Jacket Size:

Additional information shall include a resume a well as other documents and/or photographs that include the teacher with students completing STEM activities. (Please ensure that students in photos have media release permission for use.) The Chapter 118 Vice President of Aerospace Education would also like to schedule a visit with the teacher.

The chapter award recipient will receive:
  • A check for $250
  • Certificate of Excellence
  • AFA pad folio
  • Chapter Teacher of the Year Pin.
  • A complementary Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Membership sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol
Submission date is no later than April 2, 2015.

You may email your nomination packages to or you may mail it to Gene Alfaro, VP Chapter 118, 1235 Granite Springs Dr., Chula Vista, CA 91915 – 2509. 
If you have questions please email Gene Alfaro or call 619-934-6617.

CAP Cadet Receives AFA Award

Cadet Haddon William of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 144 received the Air Force Association Silver Medal for outstanding achievement in leadership and academics in Squadron 144. The award was presented by Chapter Vice President Gene Alfaro at an awards banquet held at the Carmel  Mountain Ranch Country Club on January 23, 2015.

Cadet Williams is the current Cadet commander in Squadron 144.  He filled other positions before being selected as ten Cadet Commander.  These additional positions included : Flight Sergeant, First Sergeant BIVOUAC Assistant Team Leader (outside squadron), Bravo Team Leader for Cold Weather Survival Bivouac February 2014, Charlie Flight Sergeant 2014 Group 7 BCS.

He has also volunteered for  City beautification program (El Cajon) "Lend a Hand" after school program at Liberty Academy and Sunday School assistant at Jericho Road Christian Fellowship.

Congratulations Cadet Wilson!
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