Southern

Arizona

We are the Southern Arizona "All Airborne" Chapter of the

82nd Airborne Division Association.

The Southern Arizona Airborne Association was formed in 1983 as a fraternal organization for all of Southern Arizona’s Parachute and Glider veterans. Our membership roles have been honored by men and women from every Airborne Division, Brigade and Regiment as well as Rangers, Special Forces, Marines and airborne qualified Air Force personnel.

In 1983 the chapter applied for and was granted a charter by the 82nd Airborne Association and became the Southern Arizona “ALL AIRBORNE” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

The chapter is dedicated to perpetuating the bond of brotherhood between Airborne troopers and fostering the airborne spirit in our community by participating in events that promote the recognition of service and sacrifice by our veterans and serving airborne soldiers.

Color Guard, standing, L to R; Levi Rodriguez, Raymundo (Short Round) Blanco, Cruz Martinez (Too Many Moons Dogface), kneeling, L to R; Gary Kuitert, Ron Kerns.

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History

Southern Arizona "All Airborne" Chapter

Since 1983

 

Formed in 1983, the Southern Arizona Chapter has had a long history of service to the Airborne community and veterans in our area. From the first meetings at the Spanish Trail Motel the early members saw the bond of brotherhood between troopers was strong in our area. The unit gradually became more active in fund raising and community support efforts, trading man power with other organizations and setting up food booths and swap meets to raise funds. Eventually the chapter was able to host their first Western States Conference bringing chapters from Southern California, Nevada, and Texas as well as the Phoenix Chapters to Tucson.

The first guest of honor was General George Jones of the 503rd PIR, WWII. He had retired to Tucson and was more than happy to come down and meet the guys. There were many troopers in attendance who had served under General Jones in the Pacific and in the 503rd’s jumps and combat from New Guinea to Corregidor.

 

In the years that followed the Western States Conference changed to become the Tucson Mid-Winter Conference. Scheduled in between the Tucson Gem Show and the Tucson Rodeo in early February, this event became a great getaway for folks from back east that wanted to get out of the cold and catch a few rays in Southern Arizona before the spring thaw.

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter hosted the 82nd Division Associations 49th National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995. In spite of the logistics challenges involved in running a national convention in another state the chapter was able to pull off a truly memorable convention “out west” nearly filling the one square block complex of the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

 

The chapter continues serving the Airborne in our community. This year we participated in the Christopher Moon fund drive, raising funds for a statue of Trooper Chris Moon who lost his life serving with the 82nd after turning down a baseball scholarship and Major League try-out to serve his country. The statue will be located at his High School’s home field. Another project on the board is working with the Pima Air and Space Museum to recognize historical aircraft that played role in major parachute operations through history.

 

 

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Chairman:  Joe Lucero

Vice Chairman: Bill Day

Treasurer:  Gary Kuitert

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Where to find us

Monthly meeting of the Southern Arizona “ALL AIRBORNE” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association are held the second Wednesday of each month at our “post home”, American Legion Post # 7, located at 330 West Franklin in downtown Tucson Arizona. Executive board meets at 1730 hrs. and the general membership meeting at 1800 hrs.

 

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Copyright 2016 Southern Arizona Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc.

 

Formed in 1983, the Southern Arizona Chapter has had a long history of service to the Airborne community and veterans in our area. From the first meetings at the Spanish Trail Motel the early members saw the bond of brotherhood between troopers was strong in our area. The unit gradually became more active in fund raising and community support efforts, trading man power with other organizations and setting up food booths and swap meets to raise funds. Eventually the chapter was able to host their first Western States Conference bringing chapters from Southern California, Nevada, and Texas as well as the Phoenix Chapters to Tucson.

The first guest of honor was General George Jones of the 503rd PIR, WWII. He had retired to Tucson and was more than happy to come down and meet the guys. There were many troopers in attendance who had served under General Jones in the Pacific and in the 503rd’s jumps and combat from New Guinea to Corregidor.

 

In the years that followed the Western States Conference changed to become the Tucson Mid-Winter Conference. Scheduled in between the Tucson Gem Show and the Tucson Rodeo in early February, this event became a great getaway for folks from back east that wanted to get out of the cold and catch a few rays in Southern Arizona before the spring thaw.

 

The Southern Arizona Chapter hosted the 82nd Division Associations 49th National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995. In spite of the logistics challenges involved in running a national convention in another state the chapter was able to pull off a truly memorable convention “out west” nearly filling the one square block complex of the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

 

The chapter continues serving the Airborne in our community. This year we participated in the Christopher Moon fund drive, raising funds for a statue of Trooper Chris Moon who lost his life serving with the 82nd after turning down a baseball scholarship and Major League try-out to serve his country. The statue will be located at his High School’s home field. Another project on the board is working with the Pima Air and Space Museum to recognize historical aircraft that played role in major parachute operations through history.

 

 

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