San Diego Air Force Association Chapter 118 Second 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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Workshop for Warriors

Workshop for Warriors  president Hernán Luis y Prado was the guest speaker at the May 28, 2015 San Diego chapter 118 Air Force Association meeting. Workshops for Warriors assists the transition of veterans and injured veterans into civilian life through training, mentoring, and job placement.  They train, certify, and place veterans into advanced manufacturing careers.  

Training consists of a combination of classroom education, vocational training, and practical work experience that empowers veterans and increases their career options. Instruction is offered by skilled veterans, active-duty service members, and industry experts. (

Hernán Luis y Prado founded Workshops for Warriors after serving in the United States Navy for fifteen years as Surface Warfare Officer and Hospital Corpsman.  He had four combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School, where he completed the Chief Engineering Officer and Combat Systems Officer curricula.  Mr. Luis y Prado also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and European Cultural Studies from the American University of Paris.

More information on the Wokshop for Warriors can be found at

Hernán Luis y Prado received a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation.

Steak & Fish Fry

You asked us to do something different so we've offering a new event.  On 31 July we will have available for your social and dining pleasure a night at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club located at 2606 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego (Pacific Beach).  It is to the immediate right of the new Mission Bay foot bridge that goes to Campland, located past the Mission Bay Golf Course and behind De Anza Trailer Park.

Food is cook your own rib-eye steak (three sizes, petite $12, regular $15, Captain’s cut ($18)) with baked potato, vegetables, salad and roll.  The alternate meal is fish and chips, $12.  Also available are onion rings, chicken tenders, and other items including beverages at very affordable prices.  Parking is plentiful.  For those that desire to stay for the evening festivities, the band starts at 7:30 p.m.. For this event, we will have inside seating so we can all eat together.

We plan to start at 5:30 p.m. and ask that you RSVP by July 15, 2015 to Jack Porath via email at  PUT THE 31 JULY EVENT ON YOUR CALENDAR!  Jack Porath is also available to answer any of your questions about this fun event.



San Diego Chapter 118 of the Air Force Association Vice President, Gene Alfaro presented Chapter scholarships to four cadet at the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps award ceremony on May 5, 2015. To qualify for the scholarship the cadet must be in full-time attendance as an undergraduate at a post secondary educational institution; an AS 100 or AS 200 in Detachment  075 AFROTC; must demonstrate a financial need; must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; must show participation in ROTC activities; demonstrate leadership ability and work ethic.

This year's awardees - Cadets Morgan McCune and Adrianni P. Vital received Chapter 118 Scholarships sponsored by Northrop Grumman.  Cadets Kevin Byrne and Bri-Jae Scarbrough received Chapter 118 Scholarships. The total scholarships offered this year was $10,000. Cadet McCune was not present for the ceremony.

Scholarship funds are derived from the corporate donations and the Chapter's annual golf tournament.  
Congratulations to the awardees.

VP Alfaro Cadets Vital, Scarborugh and Byrne

We look forward to more golfers participating in next years' tourney.


The Detachment 075 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) spring awards ceremony was held on May 5, 2015 on the campus of San Diego State University.  Chapter 118 Vice President Gene Alfaro attended the ceremony to present the AFA Silver Medal to Cadet Edgar Villaruel.  

The medal is presented to the Outstanding Aerospace Studies third year cadet who meets the criteria: top 5% of AFROTC class and top 10% of school class, positive attitude, outstanding personal appearance, courteous demeanor, growth potential, high personal and ethical standards, rising senior. The metal is accompanied by a ribbon and a certificate.

Congratulations to Cadet Villaruel!


Chapter Vice President Gene Alfaro and President Dick Jeffreys attended the Awards Banquets for Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa High Schools, respectively, to present AFA Medals and Other Certificates.  

On May 23rd, President Dick Jeffreys attended the Mira Mesa H.S. Banquet for CA-936.  The program currently has about 275 members, the largest in California.  CA-936 was again selected as one of the Top 10 programs in the nation.  Cadet Lt Col Michelle Castaniaga was the AFA Medal awardee at Mira Mesa.  Also, she received a 1-Year AFA Membership. 

CyberPatriot Awards

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. 

CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in c​yber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. San Diego Chapter 118 of the Air Force Association strongly supports the all the CyberPatriot teams in its geographical area.

A number of local CyberPatriot teams were recognized by the National CyberPatriot organization and one did very well in the National Final competitions.  State Awards went to Black Mountain Middle School, Fort Fisher Division of Naval Sea Scouts, Patrick Henry High School NJROTC, and Ramona High School NJROTC.


Black Mountain Middle School

On April 12th, Chapter President Dick Jeffreys presented certificates to the Grace Hopper Team from Black Mountain Middle School for being the best middle school team in California.  The team coach was Paul Johnson.

​​​Fort Fisher Naval Sea Cadets

United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Fort Fisher Division has participated at the national level for three years.  The Fort Fisher division meets at the San Diego Naval Base.  Their certificate for placing first in the platinum division this year was presented to the team members by AFA San Diego Chapter 118 Vice President Gene Alfaro on May 9, 2015 at the naval base.  VP Alfaro also presented a certificate from Chapter 118 for their participation this year and one for last year.

Sea Cadet team members Brandon Sipes, James Mozzini, Garrett Swift and Alfonso Arana received the certificates for the team.  CyberPatriot coach Joe Gambos presented Cadet Swift the CISCO award.

CyberPatriot coach Joe Gambos presented Cadet Swift the CISCO award.

118 VP Alfaro, Cadets Sipes, Mozzini, Swift and Arana with Coach Joe


Patrick Henry High School

San Diego Chapter 118 presented CyberPatriot certificates of recognition to teams from Patrick Henry High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. 

Ian Rodney, CyberPatriot VI Team Captain, led his team to a third place finish at last year's Nationals and Kelly Lolly, CyberPatriot VII Team Leader, led her team to a third place finish at this year's California State competition. 

These teams proved that leadership, determination, and hard work can and will result in achievement of goals regardless of availability of resources. 

Larry Torres, Vice President for Programs, recognized their significant accomplishments and presented the certificates of recognition on May 12, 2015.


Ramona High School

On June 6th, Dick Jeffreys presented certificates to the Ramona High School NJROTC team. 

The team placed 2nd in the California State All Service Division.  The coach was Eric Ryan, and the team members were Wesley Richardson (captain), Jacob Underwood, Sean Dennis, Eric Hietala, and Rye Cassan.  Their coach was Eric Ryan.


San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup

During the CyberPatriot competition finals, there was another local competition occurring.  It generally draws the same teams that compete in CyberPatriot. 

This year the NJROTC Team from Ramona High School won 1st Place and was awarded a $3,000 prize.  The AFJROTC team from Mira Mesa High School placed 2nd and was awarded a $2,000 prize.  Both received invitations to the San Diego Summer Cyber Camp.

Congratulations to all of our CyberPatriot teams!

Golf Tournament

On Friday, April 24th, the 12 Annual AFA & AFROTC Aztec “Shoot Out” Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA.  

On a rainy afternoon, 80 golfers had fun playing on a soggy course for a good cause.  The Tournament began with a mass putting contest and ended with a barbeque dinner, silent auction, raffle, and great prizes.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Rancho Bernardo, California was again our primary sponsor.  Thanks to their generous support and from tournament proceeds, the Chapter awarded four scholarships totaling $10,000 to cadets in AFROTC Detachment 075 at San Diego State University.

Heartfelt thanks to our golfers and contributors with congratulations to both the scholarship and tournament winners.
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