Annual Dues Statement 10mar18

Chapter 76 - Special Forces Association                   Renewal/Reinstatement Form (Updated September 25, 2017)
***  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). 

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 31 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: _____________________

Upcoming Events--US Wide

Chapter 77, SFA Founders Dinner

Location: Dead Fish Grill, Belton, TX
Date:  April 7, 2018
Time:  6:00pm/1800hrs
Dress: Casual
RSVP: Michael R. Hurst, Secretary, Chapter 77, SFA

SFA Chapter Fundraising Cruise-November 2018

Mike Force Troopers.....

ATTENTION ALL Mike Force Troopers
The conversation has started to have a gathering (and a special luncheon) of all Mike Force troopers during the 2018 Special Operations Association Reunion (SOAR) to take place at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas from October 15th to 19th.
If you are interested (no commitment at this time), please reply in the comment section: "YES" or "NO".
Here's the link for your convenience:


David F. Lucier
President - AZ Veterans & Military Leadership Alliance
Class of 2009 - Arizona Veterans Hall of Fam

Iron Mike Healy Posted 12mar18

Guys, please send out for widest distribution, let us barrage him with cards.
OK Folks, more information on MG  (R) Iron Mike Healy, slight improvement but still in hospital. Please send cards to:
MG (R) Michael Healy. or to Iron Mike Healy (he would love it)
Please pass the word to every forum you are on, he was there for us, let us be there for him. Let us give his mailman a hernia.
Jack Tobin
"Croich Honorah"

Special Forces Marketplace

Fred Conrad In Hospice Care Feb 21,2018

February 21, 2018

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Recently we reported that Fred Conrod  was in hospice then seemed to have a spontaneous recovery and headed home.  Apparently his recovery hasn’t held and family reports he is in hospice at home. 
It has been a pleasure getting to know these gentleman. 

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Passing of Mike Keys 23feb18

Sadly one of our own former 20th Special Forces Trooper & Retired Dade County Fire fighter Mike Keys was involved in a vehicle accident Saturday night, today 02/21/2018 he passed away from his injuries at 4:00 pm, his family was with him at Sarasota Memorial when Mike went peacefully to heaven.

Please keep Mike's family in your thoughts and prayers, If I receive additional information I will pass it on. 

Mike's son Chuck can be contacted at (561) 797-1466.

Bill Eades

Speedy Gaspard Ch 21 member very ILL see message

Please note this message from Chapter 21. It looks like Speedy Gaspard is about to move to the big drop zone in the sky. I am particularly sadden by this. I gave my first brief-back as a brand new one-zero to Speedy, followed by many more. He was a friend and always provided encouragement and endorsements  when I needed it.  In the end he fought the good fight.

Cliff Newman
Executive Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Movie Review 12 Strong Special Forces Drama

Chris Hemsworth in "12 Strong."

If you're doing your job right in the U.S. Special Forces, it likely means no one will ever know. It's a tough, elite and highly classified position, where acts of incredible heroism never get the ticker tape parade, and that's kind of the point. These soldiers are supposed to slip into and out of secret missions without making the evening news. "12 Strong" tells just one of those extraordinary stories, fought in the mountains of Afghanistan in the winter of 2001.
The film is based on Doug Stanton's book "Horse Soldiers," which describes one of the ways a special forces team adapted to the rugged landscape of Afghanistan - on horseback, like the Afghani warriors with whom they embedded - while battling the Taliban in the shadow of 9/11.
Directed by Danish photojournalist Nicolai Fuglsig, with a brisk, efficient script by "Silence of the Lambs" screenwriter Ted Tally and "The Town" screenwriter Peter Craig, "12 Strong" unfolds as a procedural, taking protocol and bureaucracy swiftly in stride. The men simply execute the mission. They don't ask too many questions, and they train their minds on personal vendettas and the reasons they have to go home.
Chris Hemsworth stars as Mitch Nelson, a highly-trained new captain who's never seen war. He impresses the higher-ups enough to send his team, Task Force Dagger, to embed with the Afghani General Dostum (Navid Negahban), who's been fighting the Taliban as part of the Northern Alliance. The task is to call in airstrikes on the Taliban, while fighting through an unforgiving territory. Nelson promises he can do it in three weeks with 12 men, which would require an enormous amount of trust, goodwill and generosity on the part of Dostum.
The two make an interesting and eventually inseparable pair. Dostum, who started fighting the Russians at age 16, is the aging lion, who declares the young upstart Nelson doesn't have "killer's eyes." The fundamental difference between the two men? Nelson's men are fighting for what they have on earth, fearful of death, while Dostum's people fight for their rewards in heaven, willing to embrace death, because their situation on earth is pretty hellish as is.
Fuglsig brings an eye for systems and detail to the film, but this is a Jerry Bruckheimer production after all, and he never skimps on the bombastic pyrotechnics. The blistering firefights are increasingly brutal to the point of numbness. "12 Strong," which is sometimes a profound philosophical and existential examination of what it means to fight for something, is also a ferociously action-packed war film. The details of the who, where and what often get lost and muddled in the thundering explosions.
While it focuses on the personal reasons to go to war, it doesn't truly interrogate the larger ones. We're given motivation to hate the Taliban with that tired screenwriting trope, a perfunctory scene of violence against women, which is to justify the airstrikes the Americans call in again and again. The only sly political commentary are a few cracks about how short they expect the war to be, and a few warnings about nations who have come before.
It never delves deep enough to examine the larger involvement of the U.S. and those ramifications, but "12 Strong" manages to infuse heart and character into this adrenaline-fueled war film, exploring how and why men fight.

SE Asia by a Delegation from the National League of POW/MIA Families trip Jan 11-30th

SF                           CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
           “The Green Berets”

January 8, 2018

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
From the SFA:
Please note the trip to SE Asia by a Delegation from the National League of POW/MIA Families led by Honorary Member Ann Mills-Griffiths and including Mike Taylor (D-3064) and Spider Parks (D-1691). This may resolve a lot of the issues that are near and dear to all of us, not just the Vietnam Veterans. For the record no SFA funding is involved in this trip.

DELEGATIONS FROM NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES AND SOA/SFA EN ROUTE TO SOUTHEAST ASIA:  A National League of POW/MIA Families Delegation, led by Chairman of the Board/CEO Ms. Ann Mills-Griffiths, will travel to Southeast Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, & Thailand) January 11-30th.  She will be joined once again by the League Senior Policy Advisor since 1989 Richard Childress, COL, USA (Ret), and, for the first time, MIA daughter Cindy Stonebraker, a second-term elected member of the League’s Board of Directors.   
Parallel to the League Delegation, and representing the Special Operations Association (SOA) and Special Forces Association (SFA) will be Mike Taylor, LTC, USA/SF (Ret), Vice President of SOA and Chairman of the joint SOA/SFA POW/MIA Committee.  He will be joined in Hanoi by CSM (USA, Ret) Robert “Spider” Parks, a member of the SOA/SFA POW/MIA Committee.  Mrs. Elli Childress and Mrs. Laura Taylor will accompany their respective husbands and participate with delegation members in social events and cultural and other activities 
Both delegations will meet with US Ambassadors and Embassy officials, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Stony Beach specialists and DPAA Detachment personnel in each country.  The League delegation will meet with senior officials in Laos, Vietnam and, hopefully, Cambodia, to share goals and ideas and discuss topics of mutual interest to advance the accounting mission.  The SOA/SFA delegation will meet with American and foreign veterans, some of whom fought as enemies during the war.  While in Laos, representatives of both delegations (Stonebraker, M. Taylor and L. Taylor) will visit excavation sites to thank US and host nation personnel for their often dangerous efforts during Joint Field Activities (JFAs) to account for missing loved ones and unreturned fellow veterans.
Cliff Newman
Executive Director                                                                                                                            Special Forces Association

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

Photos Bass Pro Jan 2018 get together

These are of Grace O’Donnell presenting a guild blanket to COL Dave May.

Passing of Clare Agostini- wife of Retired SGM Aggie Agostini- 4jan18

On Wednesday 01/03/2018 I received a Call from Lou Carrion, Clare Agostini, wife Serafin (Aggie) Agostini SGM C/20th Special Forces Group, she passed away on New’s Year Day after suffering a stroke he will keep us posted.

I also received this note from Bob Buffington 82nd. South Fl. All Airborne Chapter . Sorry to report the passing of Clare Agostini, wife of long time member of our chapter, Serafin (Aggie). Clare passed away on New’s Year Day after suffering a stroke. As I receive information I will pass it on to you. Aggie took me to my first chapter meeting in 1967.                                                                                        Bob Buffington

Aggie uses his daughter Caren Willis e-mail ( ) her phone number is (305) 632-982. she says he would really like to hear from all his old buddies.
This is his contact information:  
Serafin Agostini   (561) 394-0843           
Bill Eades

SFA Chapter 85 has two of our members running for National Office in the next election

January 3, 2018

My apologies to Robert Murphy and the candidates from Chapter 85 for not forwarding this earlier…JoeP

SFA Chapter 85 has two of our members running for National Office in the next election.  I have been asked to forward their Bio's to you for your review.  Please consider sending this message on to your Chapter members so they have a chance to also review their qualifications and history with Special Forces. 

Best Regards, Murphy, SFA Chapter 85.

Dave Maxwell    Pres
Nick Panarella   VP
Henry Di Giacinto   Treasurer
Brian Kanof       Secretary
Doug Livermore  Asst Sec

I am hopeful that you can get behind this slate and fully support each of us. If so then I ask that you send these bios with your endorsement to other friends/SFA Members
I know that you were once in the Miami chapter so I am hopeful that you can send a similar message to that Chapter's President also for review and endorsement.
Just think...this slate would deliver 2 members of the NBO from Florida.


Biography of Brian N. Kanof
Candidate,  SFA Secretary

Brian N. Kanof is a SFA Life Member affiliated with Chapter IX, El Paso, Texas, where he is a member of the Team House and Golf Committees, and serves as the Sgt. at Arms.  He is  Chairman of the 2018 Special Forces Association International Convention.

Kanof is celebrating his 50th year as a Photojournalist.  This vocation has overlapped his 12-year Army (active duty and reserve) career.  He has a BA in journalism (UTEP 1971) and an MA in journalism (Ball State 1972).  He is also a graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS 1973) Public Information Course. Kanof owns and operates two businesses in El Paso; Brian Kanof Photography and Aerial Photos El Paso.  In addition to his photographic businesses, he served as a Public Relations and Advertising Account Executive at an advertising agency and has taught Photojournalism, Photography, Advertising, Video and Public Relations at four colleges and universities. He is a 2015 Inductee to the El Paso Sports Hall of Fame (Sports Photojournalist).

Kanof was commissioned into the Signal Corps upon graduation from UTEP in 1971 and served two years as a PIO and Test officer at HQ MASSTER (Modern Army Selected Systems Test Evaluation and Review) at Fort Hood. His reserve career includes a two-years stint as the Communications Officer, 383d QM BN (Petroleum Pipeline Operating) in El Paso and seven years with B CO 2BN 12th Special Forces Group at Fort Bliss.

Kanof is a member of the 82nd Abn. Assn, VFW and Jewish War Veterans Assn. He is also civically active in his community with the El Paso Sports Commission, the Texas Trost Society  and the El Paso Historical Association. 

If elected, Kanof would bring a lifetime of communication skills to the office of Secretary.  Because of his self-employed status, he would be able devote as much time as required to preform the duties of an SFA officer.

Ralph 2017

Then 1968

Ralph Henry DiGiacinto

President of Chapter 85 of the Special Forces Association. Life Member #722.

R. Henry DiGiacinto is President of Penguin CM Group, Inc. the Chairman of the Magna Charter Educational Foundation, Chairman of Florida Futures Academy and He is active in the Special Operations Association (#1665) as a member of the SOA Scholarship Committee, and the SFA Scholarship Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, Infantry OCS, and SFOC.  He served with the 5th Group,  (68-69) B20 Kontum Mike Force, and as XO and CO of A-245 Dak Seang;  the 10th Group CO-A31 in (71) and the 46th Company (USASFT) 71-73 as S3Plans and CO A-31 (Project Freedom Runner). DiGiacinto  served in 11th Group as S3 Air.  His awards include the BSM ‘V’, BSM.

Henry has wide experience in an eclectic career path through Wall Street, Agribusiness, Water Technology and Education. He graduated from the University of Delaware, earning BA in Political Science, attended Peace Corp Training at UCLA,  (1 semester) and Marketing (1 semester) with Bloomsburg University PA.  DiGiacinto is married to Kendall Artusi and live in North Palm Beach, FL.  He has 3 children and  2 grandchildren.

Business accomplishments include President and CEO of Allen Clark Inc., a $60MM meat and poultry processor and distributer operating in the Mid-Atlantic States, returning it to profitability.  As a National Sales Manager and Product Manager  of several Wall Street brokerage firms he planned, developed, distributed and managed innovative financial products for firms, including a public fund (Columbia Futures Fund) and with his own firm, Cypress Asset Management Inc. (CAMI), he developed and marketed  Cypress Futures Fund, a diversified futures fund with multiple advisors with different trading methodologies and the “OJ” Fund (trading a single commodity: orange juice futures and options).   In 1995 he embarked on a new trail, evaluating and fixing companies that needed help, and founded Penguin CM Group to formalize that effort.  He has broad experience in education teaching and administration, through 12 years of working with Bright Futures Academy, in all aspects of its activities from teacher to principal to COO and school development and construction.

In 2015 he founded the Magna Charter Educational Foundation to support and assist charter schools bring the best possible education to its k-8 students and provide real substantive choice for their parents.  It is currently active.   In January 2016, he was asked to become Chairman of Florida Futures Academy, a Credit Recovery High School for 9-12 graders who were behind in their course work.  He raised $200,000 in donations to see the school through a difficult time. It is now operating and prospects are good.

Henry’s civic activities include City Council in Allentown PA, candidate for Lehigh County PA Commission, School Board candidate in Palm Beach County FL, Palm Beach Gardens Kiwanis and working in the early stages of a Foundation to work with veteran, fire and police associations to support their efforts in mental and physical health related to PTSD issues and the positive warrior culture in the community of our First Responders and Veterans, including the SFA and SOA.


Douglas Livermore is currently the Vice President of the Pentagon Chapter (Chapter CV).

Doug serves as a contractor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) Sensitive Special Operations Division. He is a combat-proven, respected leader in the US Special Operations Community with several years of engagement in the Global War on Terror. He has been personally decorated for valor and service in multiple theaters of operation and is a professionally published author. Doug is active member of the Association of the U.S. Army, Office of Strategic Services Society, Warlord Loop, Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and the Special Forces Association.

Doug commissioned as an Infantry officer in 2004 upon graduation from West Point.  He served two tours in Iraq as a light infantry platoon leader, battalion assistant operations officer, and heavy weapons company executive officer with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, in the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).  After returning from his second tour in Iraq, Doug attended the Maneuver Captain Career Course before attending SFAS.  After Selection, Doug attended SFQC, graduating at the top of his class before reporting to 3/10 SFG (A).  Over the next five years, Doug commanded a mobility team, a specialty team, served as a TF future plans officer, and finished his active duty tour as the special activities director for 3/10 SFG (A).  During his time with 3/10 SFG(A), Doug led various SF elements during combat and sensitive operations in Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Djibouti, Afghanistan, and many other locations.

After leaving active duty for the private sector, Doug served as the executive officer of C/2-20th SFG (A).  As a civilian, Doug has stayed heavily involved in the SOF community through the SFA and his continued research/writing.  He currently serves as a contractor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence’s Sensitive Special Operations Division where he oversees, integrates, and advocates for special operations forces engaged in sensitive activities around the world.  Multiple international affairs and security studies journals have published Doug’s works.  Additionally, several books feature his writings, to include COL Mark Boyatt’s book Special Forces: A Unique National Asset and The Strong Gray Line: War-time Reflections from the West Point Class of 2004.  Doug is also a regular contributor to the Special Forces Association’s journal.  Among his other awards, Doug earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star (for service), four awards of the Army Commendation Medal (one award for valor), one Army Achievement Medal, and the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.  He is also currently a Major with the Maryland Army National Guard’s Special Operations Detachment–NATO (SOD-NATO).  Finally, Doug is pursuing his master’s degree full time through Georgetown University’s Strategic Studies Program and will graduate in the summer of 2018.

Doug has three daughters (Gabrielle, Mackenzie, and Addison) and is married to Erin Livermore (nee Smith).  He resides with his family in Alexandria, VA. 


David S. Maxwell is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a 30 year veteran of the US Army retiring in 2011 as a Special Forces Colonel with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security strategy at the National War College. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and holds Masters of Military Arts and Science degrees from the US Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College of the National Defense University.

He has served in various command and staff assignments in the Infantry in Germany and Korea as well as in Special Forces at Ft. Lewis, Washington, Seoul, Korea, Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines with total service in Asia of more than 20 years.  He served on the United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / United States Forces Korea CJ3 staff where he was a planner for UNC/CFC OPLAN 5027-98 and ROK JCS – UNC/CFC CONPLAN 5029-99 (North Korean Instability and Collapse) and later served as the Director of Plans, Policy, and Strategy (J5) for Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR).  From 2000 to 2002 he commanded 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan including deployment to Mindanao and Basilan Island for the initial execution of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines.  He has also served as Chief, Special Forces Branch, US Total Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia.  He has been the G3 and Chief of Staff of USASOC and Chief of Staff, SOCKOR. He commanded the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines in 2006-2007. He is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies (ICAS) and on the Board of Advisors of Spirit of America.  He is a Life Member of the Special Forces Association and the National War College Alumni Association.  He is on the Board of Directors of the International Council of Korean Studies (ICKS), Small Wars Journal, and the Committee For Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK).  He teaches SEST 604: Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Liberal Studies (ABD) at Georgetown University. 

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (1 OLC), the Legion of Merit, (1 OLC) the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Korean Defense Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 5), the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Meritorious Unit Citation, the Philippine Legion of Honor, the Philippine Humanitarian Service Medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Korean, Philippines, and Australian Parachute Badges and the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs.

He and his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Elizabeth, reside in northern Virginia.

                                                              CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT
                                                               SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

I am currently the Assistant Secretary/Director of External Communications. I have held this Office since June 2012. I have served three terms. My principle mission has been as the editor/creative director of The Drop. I have also administered the Scholarship Program. I also have helped raised over $27,000 in donations to the SFA and $20,000 to the GBF.
Reduced to a single sentence, if you have liked our magazine then I will make you proud of your support for the office of Vice President.
My general background is that I graduated from La Salle College, Philadelphia, Pa in June 1967. I entered the Army 3 days later. I graduated from Infantry OCS at Ft. Benning in May 1968. I was selected for Airborne and Special Forces Training. I graduated SFOC that October and then served two consecutive overseas tours with the 8th SFG (Canal Zone) and then the 5th SFG (RVN). I served on A-255 Plei Me.
I left the Army and attended law school at New England School of Law (1970-1973), Boston MA. My legal career started as an Assistant City Solicitor of the City of Philadelphia and reached it highpoint when I sold a law related business that collected taxes for state and local governments. At its peak my company represented 60 jurisdictions, in 14 states and employed about 250 professional and administrative employees.
During this period, I also re-entered the military and served in the 26th ID (MAANG), 28th ID (PAANG) and the 20th SFG (MDANG and MSANG). I was a SF Detachment CO and an Infantry Company CO. My final position was as the S-3 of an Infantry BN. I retired when my business reached the point where I could not devote sufficient time the military.
I am now semi-retired and live in Florida. I have a select and limited law practice. Of note, I am special counsel for the owners of an industrial project that will build the first coke/electrical co-generation plant in the US in over 45 years. It is Ohio, coal, union jobs, made in America and supports the reindustrialization of America. In other words, it was impossible to build before the Trump Administration.
One of the highpoints of my life is to have served as the Drop Editor. I view it as a tangible link to the glory of our lives and have dedicated myself to creating content that has been both entertaining and transgenerational. I brought Connie out of retirement and hopefully exposed her to a new generation of admirers. I also took over the Scholarship Committee and can absolutely assure you that through 2016 it has been a professionally administered and unbiased program.
If I have the honor of serving as your Vice President I commit to bring my professional and legal expertise to the governing of the Association.