San Diego Air Force Association Chapter 118 Second Quarter 2016 Newsletter
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San Diego Chapter 118
Chapter Leadership

President: Dick Jeffreys
Vice President - Gene Alfaro
Secretary – Jim Trageser 
Treasurer Jack Porath. 
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The Scripps Ranch High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) (CA 935) held its 2016 award banquet on June 10, 2016 at the Miramar Officers Club. Dick Jeffreys attended the banquet to present the Air Force Association award. This award is annually presented to an Aerospace Studies 300 cadet who possesses outstanding characteristics contributing to leadership and future value in positions of responsibility. This year's recipient of the Air Force Association award was C/2Lt David Trinh. Cadet Trinh also performed a guitar solo during dinner. President Jeffreys also presented him with a 1-year membership to the Air Force Association.

The Mira Mesa High School AFJROTC (CA-936) held its 2016 award banquet on May 28, 2016 at the Miramar Officers Club.  Gene Alfaro attended the banquet to present the Air Force Association award. This year's recipient of the Air Force Association award was C/1Lt John Caaway.  Cadet Caaway also received a membership to the Air Force Association.

VP Alfaro also presented the Order of Daedalian award.  This certificate and medal is awarded to an outstanding cadet who has demonstrated patriotism, love of country, and service to our nation; indicates the potential desire to pursue a military career; ranks in the upper 10% of his or her JROTC class and ranks in the upper 20% of his or her school class.  This year's recipient was C/Lt Col Juliana Nguyen.


The annual Detachment 075 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Award Ceremony was held on April 24, 2016 at the Peterson Gym on the San Diego State University campus.  AFA Chapter 118 VP Gene Alfaro presented the Air Force Association Silver Metal to Cadet Josephine P. Reylea.  This award is presented to the outstanding Aerospace Studies 300 Cadet in the Detachment.  The recipient must possess characteristics contributing to leadership and future value in positions of responsibility such as: a positive attitude towards AFROTC and school, personal attributes, personal appearance, courtesy, and officer potential.  
The cadet must rank in the upper 5% of the AS 300 class and rank in the upper 10% of their graduating class.

At the annual change of command parade after the award ceremony Cadet Reylea assumed command of the Cadet Wing for the fall semester.


Answering the Chapter President’s call for a new Treasurer, Mr. Jim Trageser volunteered for the position. Jim had a long career as San Diego Union-Tribune reporter and is currently an executive with the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scout Council.  

Jim told us he never had any formal journalism training; rather he learned to write using the Air Force Tongue & Quill manual (“Blue Book) while in the AFROTC program at San Diego State University.  Jim replaces Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera who needed more time to expand the courses she is teaching.  

We wish Franceen well and welcome Jim to the position.


Congratulations to the Oak Valley Middle School CyberFalcon Millennium 360 Team who became the CyberPatriot VIII Middle School National Champions.  Their coach was Paul Johnson, a Northrop Grumman Corporation employee.  If you didn't see the article in U-T, here is a link.  San Diego County now has a CyberPatriot National Champion.

Congratulations also go to the Patrick Henry High School NJROTC Blue Team who went to the finals in the All Services Category and won the Cisco Networking Challenge for the 2nd time.  The Naval Sea Cadet Corps Fort Fisher Division Team went to the Finals in the All Services Category for the 4th time in a row.

We are extremely proud of all of the teams that competed in the CyberPatriot VIII Competition and having 3 teams go to the finals out of the total of 28 reflects greatly on our San Diego schools and organizations.  


Vice President Gene Alfaro presented CyberPatriot awards to the Ramona High School Ramona Cyber Dawgs at the Ramona High School CyberPatriot award banquet on May 21, 2016.  The Ramona High School CyberPatriot team took first place in the State All Services Division.  The team members were presented with a citation from the National CyberPatriot organization as well as a recognition Certificate from AFA Chapter 118.  Additionally, each member of the Ramona Cyber Dawgs received a Chapter 118 certificate. 

On May 22, 2016 VP Gene Alfaro attended a CyberPatriot awards a function at Dave and Busters restaurant in Mission Valley. Presentations were made to: Del Norte High School, Grand Duke CyberHawk team for their Second Place State Open Division Round competition; Oak Valley Middle School CyberFalcon  Millennium 360 First Place Middle School Division competition and eventual National Champion; and Oak Valley Middle School CyberFalcon Harbingers for their 3rd Place Middle School Division. In addition they were presented national CyberPatriot Certificates.  Each team and individual member was presented with an AFA Chapter 118 certificate. 


Back by popular demand, next month will have our 2nd Annual Steak Fry. All who attended last year thought we should make this an annual event.  Therefore, we will not have a normal General Membership Meeting in July.  

The Steak Fry will be on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club.  We will begin at 6:00 pm.  You will be able to select and cook your own steak or order other dinners from the daily menu.  Because the Club has changed its policies on hosting outside groups, there will be a small cover charge.  

We will be sending more information on this event in early July.


On Friday, April 8, 2016, we held our 13th Annual AFA & AFROTC Aztec Shoot-Out Scholarship Golf Tournament.  On a damp afternoon, 79 golfers had a great time playing at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA.  The golf tournament was followed by a great barbeque dinner, prizes, and silent auction.  We raised about $5,900 for the scholarship fund.  We sincerely thank all of the golfers that played, and the companies and individuals that contributed to make this event successful.  

Unfortunately, There were no scholarship applications that met our criteria this year. We did, however, support the robotics team of our 2015 Teacher of the Year, Carrie Northum, of San Ysidro High School for their trip to the CREATE US Open Championship for Vex Robotics in Council Bluffs, IA. 
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