20th Annual Jerry Montoya/Ralph Dominguez Food Drive: On 16 December boxes were packed and distributed. 5 Fort Bliss soldiers going to the Special Forces Qualification Course helped load the vehicles. El Paso Junior ROTC, Camacho Head Start and Collins elementary school supported us this year. $1500 allocated for hams (Chuy) and other required expenses. Total boxes packed 83.
Wreaths Across America: Debbie (Rolando) Torres Chair for CAP. The Chapter sponsored 31 Wreaths this year for all SF and SFA 9 Members who are interred in the Fort Bliss Cemetery. Only a few members attended - we need to have a better showing in the future.
1st Special Forces Group Reunion: Ii is scheduled for El Paso in 2017. This will be the 3rd time we hosted. Ike Camacho – Chair. We will assemble the committee very soon.
Special Forces Association National Convention: Stay tuned for more news on Chapter IX possibly hosting the National Convention.
United States Army Sergeant Majors Academy (USASMA) Reunion 2016: Al Hobbs –Chair. El Paso is hosting the reunion 14-17 July, 2016. Not an SFA project but many of our SGM members will participate. More to follow.
U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group SOG Expo: Scheduled for 20 and 21 April 2016. This is our top fundraiser each year.
The Chapter hosted a impromptu party for SF ODA 0221, Border Patrol and DEA FAST at VFW 812 in December. About 40 members and guests attended.
President Pete’s Oval Office
Welcome to 2016. We put some mileage on our feet last year and 2016 doesn't look any slower. For those who were able to attend the Christmas party, I think it was a huge success so thank you to Steve Franzoni, Gracie and all the others who helped make it work. Our meeting is this Saturday and I hope we can start off 2016 with a full house.
We have some planning that we need to get started one being the 2017 1stGroup reunion. We also need to make the decision of the 2018 SF Convention, golf tournament, SOG expo, and so many other events that we host/support. I want to thank Tom Brady for stepping up for the last two years to serve as the chapter treasurer and now Ike for taking the bull by the horns. He’ll be needing a LOT of stubby pencils. Lastly I want to thank our brothers from Chapter 80 for attending our Christmas party and Rudy Reyes, President of Chapter 80 for doing the installation of officers. Let’s get this year going!!!
De Oppresso Liber!
Pete Peral, President
SFA Chapter IX