Air Force Association San Diego Chapter 118 Newsletter 1st Qtr 2017
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Chapter Leadership

President: Dick Jeffreys
Vice President - Gene Alfaro
Secretary – Jim Trageser 
Treasurer Jack Porath.  
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Air Force Association Chapter 118

14th Annual AFA & AFROTC Aztec "Shoot Out Scholarship Golf Tournament ~ Friday April 7, 2017

Please join us for our 14th Annual golf tournament to benefit scholarships supporting the young men and women cadets of Detachment 75 of the Reserve Officers Training Program (AFROTC) at San Diego State University.  This is our major fundraising eventfor 2017 to benefit Air Force ROTC cadets.

These future officers of the United States Air Force need our support to help them succeed as leaders serving our nation.

The tournament on April 7, 2017 will be at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, California. Tee time is at 1:15pm with registration opening at 11;15am.  Every golf course designer wants to challenge golfers to hit the right shot without punishing them for missing a shot or two.  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.

Format is a scramble: All members of a team (usually four) tee off and the best ball of the four tee shots is selected. All players move their balls to the spot of the best ball. From this point, all golfers hit their next shots and the next best ball is selected. This process is repeated until one golfer gets their ball in the hole. 

Donations & Prizes:

A host of great prizes will be given away at the tournament dinner at 6pm following the day of golf. Items include green fees at some of the top courses in the county, golf accessories and equipment and local events and destination attractions.

You can register and pay online on our website.  Individual registration is only $100 with a generous discount for foursomes who register as a team.  You can also join us for dinner for only $25 per person.

We hope to see you there and please share with our invitation with your friends. 


Civil Air Patrol Squadron 144 Awards Dinner

On Saturday, January 21st, Chapter President, Dick Jeffreys, attended the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron 144 Awards Dinner to present the AFA Medal and Certificate to CAP C/CMSgt Michael P. Bresnahan.  

The Dinner also recognized CAP Squadron 144 as the best Cadet Squadron in the California CAP Wing.  Congratulations to both Cadet Bresnahan and Squadron 144.

Dick Jeffreys, Chapter 118 President with Cadet Bresnahan (right), the Squadron Commander & CAP 1/Lt Jennifer Davenport (left).

CyberPatriot IX Update

We are proud to announce that of the twenty eight middle school, high school, military organization teams selected to go to the National Finals in Baltimore, Maryland, six will be from San Diego, a significant and large number of teams from one geographical area.  

There are two teams from Oak Valley Middle School (MS) (the CyberRaptors (the CyberPatriot VIII MS National Champion) and the CyberAegis Project Eeveelution.  This is a huge achievement, only three teams were selected in the overall Middle School Division nationwide.  

In the Open Division, the CyberAegis Flareon team from Del Norte High School (HS) is going.  In the All Services Division, the Varsity team from the Scripps Ranch HS AFJROTC program, the Patriots Blue team from the Patrick Henry HS NJROTC program, and the D!@m0nd$w0rd team from the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) San Diego Region are going.  

Some of these team have been to the National Finals before with the NSCC team going for the 6th year in a row.  The two Oak Valley MS teams and the Del Norte HS team are all coached by Paul Johnson.  

We wish all of the teams the best of luck during the Finals.  We will be attending their awards ceremonies to present both CyberPatriot and Chapter 118 certificates. Also, we congratulate all 104 teams from San Diego that started the competition last fall.

You can learn more about our involvement in the CyberPatriot program on our website here.

December 2016 Commissioning Ceremony at the USS Midway

December 12, 2016 was a cold, rainy and windy day on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.  However, in the hangar deck the wind and rain did not bother those who were in attendance.

Chairs were arranged in front of a small stage with Old Glory hanging in the rear of the service flags of all for services.  

The Joint Commissioning Ceremony for members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) commenced with the presentation of The Colors.

Vice President Gene Alfaro attended the ceremony to represent Chapter 118.

Two members of the Air Force ROTC from SDSU were among those who received their gold bars. After repeating the oath of office, Lt Aleksandr Stashik and Lt. Jacob Armstrong had their rank pinned by members of the family and friends.


March 2017 Featured Speaker

Our next Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30th at Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant and Bar at 6:00 pm.  

The speaker for our meeting will be Jon F. Berg-Johnsen from the Lockheed Martin Government Affairs Office in San Diego who will update us on the F-35 program.  

We have asked Jon to bring one of the F-35 pilot helmets along to show us some of the technology involved with it.  

If you need help finding Filippi’s please check our Chapter website at

2017 Teacher of the Year Nominations

San Diego chapter 118 plans to select two Teachers of the Year (TOY),: one from grades K-8 and one from grades 9 through 12. Nomination packages must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Please Include:

A letter of recommendation/support from a school official (principal or higher) must be accompany the nomination form.

Additional support material of newspaper articles, other documents and/or photos that include the teacher with students completing STEM activities. Please ensure that student photos have media release permission for use.

Nominations should be forwarded to Gene Alfaro, 1235 Granite Springs Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91915-2509.

  • Completed MS Word or PDF files may be submitted to the San Diego AFA email address:

  • Questions regarding the submission may be sent to the our email address or call Gene Alfaro at 619-985-6618.

Important Chapter Events in 2017


March 30th (Thursday) -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ Filippi’s Pizza Restaurant.

Friday April 7th -- EVENT: 14th Annual AFA & AFROTC Aztec “Shoot Out” Scholarship Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA. Shotgun Start (1315). (POC: Marty Wojtysiak)

Saturday April 8th – Air Force Association California (AFAC) Meeting.  Details TBD.  (POC: Dick Jeffreys)

Saturday May 13th – AFROTC Commissioning on USS Midway (1000). (POC: Col Tucker)

Thursday May 25th -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ Filippi’s.  Speaker: Steve Snyder, Author of “Shot Down”.  (POC: Dick Jeffreys)

Monday May 29th -- Memorial Day

Tuesday July 4th -- Independence Day

Friday July 28th -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING/SUMMER SOCIAL (1800) @ San Diego Boat and Ski Club.  RSVP Required.  (POC: Jack Porath)

Tuesday August 15th -- Nominations for 2017-2018 Chapter 118 Officers Due

Monday September 4th -- Labor Day 

Saturday September 16th -- EVENT: Air Force Anniversary Celebration at Chula Vista Veterans Home (POC: Gene Alfaro)

TBD – AFA National Convention and Aerospace Technology Exposition

Thursday September 28th -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ TBD.  Speaker TBD.  Annual Officer Elections for 2017-2018. (POC: Dick Jeffreys)

Sunday October 1st – New Executive Committee Term Starts

Thursday November 23rd -- Thanksgiving

Thursday November 30th -- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (1800) @ TBD.  Speaker TBD.  (POC: TBD

Date TBD in December-- EVENT: Joint AFSA-AFA Christmas Brunch (POC: TBD)

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