Special Forces Association Chapter 76 --- South Florida Chapter, "The Green Berets"



During Pool Party on August 27th, a check in the amount of $1000 
was presented to "Special Operations of S. Florida" from Special Forces Ch 76 


L-R : Non-SF person, 7th Group Mbr in Black Polo is Jim DeMatteo, Al Hernandez, Cy Mermelstein, Ed Pijuan, Joe McCormack, Jim Trice, Lou Carrion, Bill Eades, Tom House, Bob Buffington

               Sunday ,June 5th, All Airborne Chapter Picnic 

At TY Park , Hollywood









Welcome to the new Blog for
Special Forces Association Chapter 76

South Florida Chapter

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General information about Special Forces that you want to share with your fellow members.


Passing of Ed Britt information posted 18dec19

Mr. Edgar (Ed) Christopher Britt, 88, passed away on December 14, 2019 at William Childs Hospice House, Palm Bay, Florida.
He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and lived in Sebastian, Florida for 38 years coming from Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1981.
Ed was a United States Army veteran retiring after serving 32 years. During his career he received medals and commendations as follows: Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Master Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dom Rep), National Defense Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Civil Action Medal 1st class, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Germany Army Marksman Award in Silver, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (10th Award), Legion of Merit, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Non-Professional Development Ribbon. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, Florida.
Ed was a member of the Special Forces Association (Life Member), 82nd Airborne, Son-Tay Raid , American Legion Post 189, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1038 (Life Member).
Survivors include his daughters, Karen A. Blair of Middleboro, Massachusetts and Deborah White (Ron) of Sebastian, Florida; grandsons, Gregory M. Costa (Andrea) and Brandon White; granddaughters, Rae Costa, Karen Hassey (Paul), Ashley White and Christa White; great grandson, Brandon Hassey; great granddaughter, Darrien Hassey; and great great granddaughter, Kemelah Stepson.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Helen Louise Britt in 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Victory Center Military Store, 6200 20th Street, Suite 160, Vero Beach, Florida 32966 in loving memory of Ed Britt.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM with a Prayer Service to follow on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Strunk Funeral Home, 1623 North Central Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian, Florida.

Passing of Daughter of Erin Pijuan posted 07dec19

 SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
          Chapter 76 - South Florida 
                “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     

December 7, 2019

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Erin Pijuan, daughter of our chapter president Ed during the early morning hours of December 6, 2019 while at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. 

Sometime back Erin was diagnosed with brain cancer which spread and took her from us. 

Some of you will remember Erin’s attendance at our chapter meeting in December 2018.

The family requests privacy during this period of mourning.

Attn all airborne Veterans posted 6jan2020


                          
"Attention All Airborne Veterans"
 
                                               Notice: Mark your Calendars January 18, 2020
 
You and your families are invited to join me at the 82nd. Airborne's South Florida All airborne/breakfast meeting on Saturday January 18, 2020  9:00 am at Denny's located at 3151 NW 9 Ave Ft. Lauderdale FL.  be sure to invite your family to join you.

This is your Chapter, don't just be a number be a member and participate,  we potentially could be one of best chapters in the Country if you make up our minds and do what it takes to be the best, your suggestions and input are important,  you are Airborne veterans.

I'll see you at Denny's
Bill Eades
(786) 426-1174

Service for Barton Dean (Bart) Urbauer, MD, posted 5jan2020



SF   
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
          Chapter 76 - South Florida 
                “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     

January 5, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
Bill Sander (Chapter 85) was notified by Al Blakeboro (Chapter XV and Sebastian resident) of a local (Vero Beach) funeral service for Dr. Bart Urbauer, a Special Forces soldier and Vietnam veteran.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, January 10, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd, with Dr. Tim Womack officiating.
He ask me to send a notice to our Chapter members as well as notify Chapter 21. I know this is short notice.
Here is the obituary:
Barton Dean (Bart) Urbauer, MD, age 82, formerly of Grand Island, Nebraska passed away at his home in Vero Beach, Florida Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1955 and received his BS from Hastings College in 1959, both in Hastings, Nebraska. While in college he was a member of the U.S. Marine Reserves.
Bart attended the University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha graduating with his M.D. in 1962 where he was a member of the Phi Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corp as a First Lieutenant medical officer.
He spent a total of 5 ½ years in the United States Army including an internship year at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, TX, a year at Ft Bragg, North Carolina in 5th Special Forces, a year in Vietnam (1964-65) as a medical officer in Special Forces Vietnam, another year at Ft Bragg in the Special Forces Training Group, and a final year in Ft Leonard Wood, MO Medical Corp.
He received his Parachute Badge, Air Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
After leaving the Army as a Major, he, his wife and family moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where he joined the Grand Island Clinic. He practiced Family Medicine there for the next 35 years, retiring on December 31, 1999 exactly 20 years prior to his death.
Bart was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Island. He enjoyed learning the Bethel Bible Study leadership course and teaching the Bethel Bible course. He was a member of the Hall County Medical Society, the VFW, the American Legion as well as the Riverside Golf Club where he loved to play golf.
He cherished the 40 years of summers he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends at Johnson Lake in Elwood Nebraska. After retiring, the Urbauers became snowbirds spending the winter months in Vero Beach. Bart was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach the Mustang Club and a former member of Grand Harbor Golf Club. He and his wife made The Isles of Waterway Village in Vero Beach their permanent home in 2015.
Bart will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, the twinkle in his eye and his dry sense of humor, his patriotism and his deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone that met him, loved “Papa Bart”. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Arladeane (Arly) Mae Johnson Urbauer, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on December 22, 2019; daughter, Angela Bauknecht and her husband Garth of Marietta, GA; daughter, Rebecca Hodos and her husband Alex of Parkville, MO; son, Matthew Urbauer of Grand Island, NE and daughter, Kimberly Urbauer of Leeds, England. He was the loving grandfather of Caroline Bauknecht Lee, Barton Bauknecht, Josh Hodos, Frankie, Katherine, Mark, Lakota, and Sawnee Urbauer and Sophia Smith. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Donna Johnson Grothen as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Grace (Welch) Urbauer; his wife’s parents, Edmond (Bud) and Esteleen (Kauffman) Johnson; Brother-in-laws, Edmond Johnson and Donald Johnson and granddaughter Cheyenne Urbauer.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, January 10, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd, with Dr. Tim Womack officiating.
Following the service, a reception will be held in the E.T. Smith lounge of the church. The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful help and care given during his 25year courageous battle with heart disease: most recently by VNA hospice as well as the doctors and staff of the St Francis Hospital in Grand Island, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and the Cleveland Clinic/Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Hastings College Foundation, RE: Dr. Barton Urbauer ’59 Memorial Pre-Med Student Scholarship, 710 N. Turner Avenue, Hastings, NE 68901.
Thanks,
Bill
Bill Sander
SFA Chapter 85 secretary
cell: 954 336 8445

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan
President

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76.Blogspot.com/


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ED PIJUAN (C Co ’78-’05)
PRESIDENT

ROGER KIDDER (C Co ’76-’81)
VICE PRESIDENT

AL HERNANDEZ (C Co ’81-’94)
SECRETARY

JASON PSALTIDES (C Co ’78-’89)
SECRETARY

JIM TRICE (B/2/7th SFG(A))
TREASURER

TOM HOUSE (C Co ’82-’04)
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
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DAN POIRIER (C Co ’72-’76)
CHAPTER 76 BLOGGER

ED BELLO (B/2/10 ‘79-‘82, C Co ‘82-‘84)
CHAPTER 76 WEBMASTER

JOE PRUETT (C Co ’80-’89)
COMMUNICATIONS


A Special Message from Ed Pijuan. posted 03jan20



Dear Special Forces Brothers and Chapter members:

Where do I begin?

Out of the most painful situation I have ever endured, I found a great camaraderie of immeasurable proportions. Thoughts, prayers, cards, money and health & wealth fair checks (for me, not by me).

Words cannot express my gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from all of you.  I was stunned by this and I cannot thank all of you enough.

This nightmare has shown me that I was not alone because of you.

Beloved Leader feels truly Beloved

Ed

Annual Mmbership Dues posted 2jan2020





January 2, 2020

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R   AGAIN   EVERYONE
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Annual membership renewal fees are due.  Please open the attachment for your renewal which covers the period from January 1st through December 31st 2020. Please pay by January 31, 2020 to avoid a delinquency charge and remember to remit your dues to SFA Chapter 76 at the address on the form so we get the credit and money for your chapter. The address on the form has been updated to that of our Treasurer, Jim Trice.

NEXT MEETING 

Saturday morning  January 18, 2020 at 1130 we will meet at Bass Pro Shops, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida. 

 

ED PIJUAN:

We realize that it has been an extremely trying time for our chapter president, Ed Pijuan, but I’m sure he would appreciate you not feeling like you need to avoid him.  Many of us are at a loss for anything appropriate to say at times, but Ed is resilient and we have been in touch, so please stay in contact as you usually would.  I will tell you generically that your response to him in his time of need has been absolutely overwhelming, caring and articulate. 


Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan
President

Drawing for Guns posted 22dec19






   
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
          Chapter 76 - South Florida 
                “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     

December 20, 2019

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
Chapter 1-18 is holding a 50-gun raffle that I think some of your members would be interested in.  Please pass the word:

WHO: SFA Chapter 1-18
WHAT: Raffle of 50 assorted firearms
WHEN: 11Jan20 after the Round the SFA Universe Poker Run
WHERE: Charlie Mikes Pub in Fayetteville
WHY: Raise Chapter funds for operations and rebuilding

HOW:
- Cost of each ticket is $100
- No more than 500 tickets will be sold
- Each ticket is good for ALL 50 drawings - Winning numbers are reinserted into the bin 
            - There is no limit to the number of times an individual ticket can be drawn or win
            - This gives each ticket a 1:500 chance of winning up to 50 guns
- All 50 winners will be drawn on 11Jan
            - The firearms on the attached list will be numbered 1-50 and drawn in that order
            - Following the drawing, winning numbers will be posted online and winners will be contacted via phone or email
            - The attempt will be made to use Facebook Live showing the entire drawing
- Guns are provided by Carolina Guns and Gear in Asheboro, NC
            - Winners are not required to be present to win
            - Winners present with the necessary documents will be able to receive their firearms immediately following the drawing
            - Carolina Guns and Gear will transfer the firearms to other FFLs for pickup
            - Prizes not claimed or transferred by 11Apr20 will become property of Chapter 1-18 and used for future fund raisers
- Any tickets not sold by 1600 on 11Jan will become property of Chapter 1-18
            - If one of these tickets are drawn for a firearm, a second number will be subsequently drawn
            - If the second number belongs to a purchased ticket, congratulations to that winner
            - If the second ticket belongs to Chapter 1-18, the chapter will retain that firearm for future fund raisers

Tickets are available online at SFA1-18.com.  Attachments include the list of firearms and a flyer. 

Thank you and happy holidays to you all. 

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan
President

Assisting Ed Pijuan posted 10dec19


                                                                                     

December 10, 2019

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

As you are no doubt aware, our own Ed Pijuan and family are mourning the loss of his eldest daughter, Erin, to cancer on December 6th.  Ed has another daughterJackie who just turned 18 and an autistic son named Joey.  These two are living at home with Ed and it cannot have been easy for a single father to take care of their needs as well as those of Erin in her final moments.

Several of you have expressed interest in donating to offset the large expenses Ed has borne for the feeding of additional family, providing professionals to assist Erin and other expenses.

Ed has always placed the needs of others first and has spent money out of pocket while doing chapter business and to assist others.  I believe a main reason our chapter is doing so well is because of Ed’s caring and giving nature. 

If you are able to do so and feel the urge to assist, know that all of your generosity will reach Ed.  We realize the holiday season can be a difficult time to ask others to give, so just do what you can if you are moved to do so

Check/MO payable to: SFA Chapter 76.  Mail to: Jim Trice17951 SW 288th ST
Homestead, FL 33030.  Please specify that funds are to go to Ed Pijuan.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Special Forces Association CH76 Challenge Coins Coming soon posted 25nov19



Thanks to Vito and input from many in Chapter, we have a final coin designed and ready to go to manufacturer in Fayetteville.  Ideally we will have some for sale at next Chapter meeting in January.

But don’t hold your breath.


Jim Trice
Cell 305-393-2890

click on link to view.....


Annual Dues posted 23nov19


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Joe Pruett <prujoe@bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 22:59
Subject: ANNUAL DUES // NEXT CHAPTER MEETING SATURDAY JANUARY 18, 2020 at 1130 at BASS PRO SHOPS
To: Joe Pruett <prujoe@bellsouth.net>


                           CHAPTER 76
  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
            South Florida Chapter 
           
           “The Green Berets”


                                                                                     
November 21, 2019

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and to those who will not be home.
It is time for annual membership renewal dues.  Please open the attachment for your renewals which cover the period from January 1st through December 31st. Please pay by January 31, 2020 to avoid a delinquency charge and remember to remit your dues to SFA Chapter 76 at the address on the form so we get the credit and money for your chapter.  We have also attached a new member form. 

Saturday morning  January 18, 2020 at 1130 we will meet at Bass Pro Shops, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida. 




Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan
President

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76.Blogspot.com/


Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

Please send your dues to SFA Chapter 76,  17951 SW 288th Street, Homestead, FL  33030 instead of the address provided on the attached Renewal document. 
This is the address of our Treasurer, Jim Trice
Thank you

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Chapter 76 - Special Forces Association                                                            Renewal/Reinstatement Form (Updated January 14, 2019)
***  It is Important that you remit dues DIRECTLY TO OUR LOCAL CHAPTER  ***
Without your dues, the effectiveness of our Chapter is impaired. Paid Dues cover the period from 1 January to 31 December of each year.  Members who do not pay dues by 31 January become delinquent and are placed on inactive status and will not receive future issues of The Drop or other official correspondence from SFA National.  Remember the strength of the Association rests with its members.
Dues paid after 30 September will be applied to the next year’s dues (and become effective immediately).  (PLEASE PRINT ALL INFO BELOW)
I, (Last) ___________ (First) ____________ (MI) ___ Mbr# __________ apply for renewal of my Membership in Chapter 76 of the Special Forces Association and submit the following information:
*** Life Members pay no annual dues *** All Dues Payable by Check or Money Order ***
___Annual Dues Renewal. $40.00 for a one-year renewal of my membership. Note: Annual renewal is $40.00 if paid before 30 January of each year.
___Reinstatement (if you missed the Jan 31 deadline). $45.00, which includes a $5.00 reinstatement fee along with the $40.00 annual renewal fee.  Note: annual renewals are $45.00 after 30 January of each year.
___Life Membership. $440.00 for a lifetime membership. The $440.00 fee applies to members in good standing only.
___Reinstatement & Life Membership.  $475.00 for reinstatement and lifetime membership of which $440.00 is the life membership fee, $30.00 is for annual dues and $5.00 is for reinstatement.
___Life Membership (65 and over). Date of Birth ___________. $320.00 for a lifetime membership. The $320.00 fee applies to members in good standing only.
___Reinstatement & Life Membership (65 and over). Date of Birth __________. $345.00 for reinstatement and a lifetime membership of which $320.00 is the life membership fee, $20.00 is for annual dues and $5.00 is for reinstatement.
Check/MO payable to: SFA Chapter 76.  Mail to: Ed Pijuan, P.O. Box 297834, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
Please Print:   Your current mailing address including City, State & Zip Code:
_______________________________________________________________________________________         
Home Phone: (______) _______-_____________ Work Phone :(______) _______-_____________
Email Address: ___________________________ Date of Birth: ________________
Retired Rank/Rank at Separation: _____________________


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Chapter 76 - Special Forces Association                                                            New Membership Form (Not for Annual Renewals)
***  It is Important that you remit dues DIRECTLY TO YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER  ***
                                                                                                                                                MEMBERSHIP TYPE
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION                                                                                  ___ Decade Membership
Special Forces Association Chapter 76                                                                               ___ General Membership
Write Check or MO to ‘SFA Chapter 76’                                                                          ___ Associate Membership
Mail To: Ed Pijuan, P.O. Box 297834, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029                       ___ Life Membership
                                                                                                                                               
_____________________________________________________________________                    
Last                                          First                         MI            Age
_____________________________________________________________________                     ____________________________
Mailing Address                                                                                                                       SSN
__________________________________________________________________________           
City                          State                         Zip (PLUS-FOUR)                                                   
__________________________________________________________________________ (_________)________________________
E-mail Address                                                                                                                         Telephone

Awarded- Prefix - "3", Suffix "S", 5G, 18/180 Series MOS on ___________________ (give skill identifier and/or MOS, and date awarded)
Total years and months of service to Special Forces and/or Special Forces related Units _____Years _______ Months

SF ASSIGNMENTS
UNITS /  INCLUSIVE DATES       
_________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________         ____________________________________________________________

If retired, rank at Retirement: __________
MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
1. Membership may be granted to a person who is or has been a member of the United States Army Special Forces, to include the United States Army Reserve and the United States Army National Guard Special Forces Units, has completed Special Forces Training and has been awarded a Special Forces prefix 3, suffix S, and/or Special Forces Tab and MOS, and if discharged, has received an Honorable Discharge. Special Forces MOSs are those awarded upon completion of Special Forces Training. Membership qualification lineage includes all units officially listed on the First Special Forces lineage certificate are acceptable for membership. Also acceptable, and grandfathered for general membership, are First Special Service Force, OSS, and UNPIK-8240 of Korea. The Ranger units of WWII and the Ranger Companies of Korea are acceptable for Associate membership. Assignment to a MTOE slot or other position calling for a SF MOS or identifier does not necessarily indicate SF qualification. Associate membership requirements for non-SF qualified personnel are described below.

2. DECADE MEMBER: Decade membership may be granted to a person who is or has been a member of the US Army Special Forces, including the US Army Reserve, and the National Guard Special Forces Units for a minimum of ten years, who has been awarded a Prefix "3" or the Suffix "S," 5G, 18/180 series MOS, or SF Tab, and, if discharged, has received an Honorable Discharge. Decade membership may also be granted to members who have a combination of 10 years Special Forces duty and SFA membership. (Documentation is required and should leave no doubt that the applicant is qualified for Decade member status)

3. GENERAL MEMBER: Membership may be granted to a person who is or has been a member of the US Army Special Forces, including the US Army
Reserve and the National Guard, who has been awarded a Prefix "3" or the Suffix "S," 5G, 18/180 series MOS, or SF Tab and, if discharged, received an Honorable Discharge. There is no time requirement for general membership. (Documentation is required and should leave no doubt that the applicant is qualified for General Member status.)

4. ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Associate membership may be granted to a service member not qualified as above, but who has contributed significantly to the support of Special Forces, or its lineage, in the accomplishment of its mission. Applications for Associate membership are subject to the approval of the Membership Committee. Proof of assignment and significant contribution to Special Forces must accompany the application. A minimum of two letters of recommendation from SF/SFA members with first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s significant contribution are required.

SSN is requested in the event additional information is required as authorized below.
Incomplete applications or applications submitted without supporting documentation will be returned as incomplete.

AUTHORITY FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION AND RECORDS

I hereby authorize and consent to the release of information and records bearing on my military service to the Special Forces Association. The information will be used for the purpose of determining my qualifications for membership. I further certify that the execution of this form is voluntary and shall be valid for one year after my signing.
Signature ________________________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________

Witness __________________________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________

I understand that Special Forces Association membership entitles me to all the rights and privileges specified in the provisions of the Special Forces Association Constitution. Enclosed is a check or money order for $50.00, payable to SFA Chapter 76 for the initiation fee ($10.00) and first year dues ($40.00). To maintain my membership, I will pay the annual dues of $40.00 no later than 30 January each year. If paid after 30 January, I must pay an additional $5.00 reinstatement fee (total of $45.00). Lifetime membership is available to members in good standing at a cost of $440.00 ($475.00 if dues are not current.). All qualified new members must pay a total of $480.00 for a new Lifetime membership. Age 65 or over, $360.00 if a new member (cost $320.00 in good standing/$345.00 if dues are not current).
Based on SFA Association Form Revised 01/21/10 and dues updated 2017 / (SF Forms Editing format)