"It has served, unlike any other bomber, through all of the Second World War. It had become a legend in its time. A tribute to the men who had conceived, designed, and built it-and a monument to the remarkable young men, most of them boys who flew it. These men, and this plane, accomplished one of the most frightening missions ever demanded of men and aircraft. Together they helped end history's last "Glorious War".
MIAMI-HOMESTEAD AIRFORCE ASSOCIATION CHAPTER 317th
AFA-317 Blogspot created and maintained by Benny F. Benitez, FAA -Airframe / Powerplant and FCC-Ham Radio Lic.) VFW Life Member, Former Chapter President (2009-2010)
The last structure / building from the former U.S. Navy Naval Air Station (NAS) Richmond which open in support of World War II back in 1942. Bldg. 25 as it is known was used by the U.S. Navy, The CIA, Army and Marine Corp. Reserve Units in its days. Now its the site of the soon to be open South Florida Military Museum
In attendance a representing the AFA-317 are Chapter members 2nd Lt. Xiomara Llizo and Cadet Master Sergent Andres Cruz, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) 355th / USAF Auxiliary as well, but not shown AFA-317 Vice President of Special Projects and Former Chapter President Benny F. Benitez who is a supporting member of the VFW-10212 and American Legion-346 Posts
Master of Ceremony at the event as shown reading a Proclamation from Miami-Dade County is Miami, Florida VFW 10212 Post Commander and Former USAF Veteran, Mr. Marco Gorrin
Shown in stunning display is the Cuban American Veteran Association (CAVA) monument on the ground of the Miami Military Museum (M3). The monument pays homage to those Cuban Americans who have served and dies in the service of the United States
Shown in attendance at the event is Mr. Esteban Bovo a former B-26 Invader pilot who flew combat mission during the Bay of Pigs in Cuban. Mr. Bovo has graced the members of the AFA-317 in the past with his presence as he has been an honored lunch speaker
Miami, Florida 19th February 2017:The day was sunny and those in attendance on the grounds of the Miami Military Museum were excited to see the unavailing of the Cuban American Veteran Association (CAVA) newly established monument.
The Miami-Homestead AFA-317th Chapter was in attendance in representing the AFA to the greater Miami military community. Chapter members 2nd Lt. Xiomara Llizo and Cadet Master Sergeant Andrea Cruz of the Civil Air Patrol / USAF Auxiliary as well as former AFA-317th Chapter President Benny F. Benitez were present and observed the ceremony, as former USAF / Veteran, C-141 "Starlifter" aircrew member Mr. Marco Gorrin spoke at the ceremony and welcomed everyone.
Miami-Homestead AFA-317 Chapter Aircraft "Click Onto" The B-17 For Additional and Historic Information About The B-17
"The Force Behind The Force"
"...our Air Force belongs to those who come from the ranks of labor, management, the farms, the stores, the professions and colleges and legislative halls...Air power will always be the business of every American citizen." - General Hap Arnold (CLICK ON AFA LOGO FOR WEBSITE)
Originally established back in 1947, a year after the Air Force Association offical establishement in 1946 by General Hap Arnold, the Miami AFA Chapter operated until the early 1970's at which time for various reasons the Chapter went into an "inactive mode". In 1985 under the leadership and direction of Col. Stan Bodner a A-26 Bombarider / Navigator and accompained by Eastern Airline CEO Col. Frank Bormann, the Miami Chapter was once again re-actived and stood up and continues strong to this day. A great deal of apperication and admiration goes out to our present and current Chapter member Col. Stan Bodner and his efforts and vision to re-start the Miami 317th Chapter that helps serve the local Miami community, troops and veterans. In January 2011 The Miami Chapter merged with the Homestead Chapter. The combined chapters are known today as the Miami-Homestead Chapter 317.
Lt.Col USAF (Ret.) Rodrigo J. Huete, former USAF Edwards Air Force Base F-16 and F-15 Fighter / Test Pilot, President of Miami based Flight Test & Safety Consultants, LLC and Former Retired FAA Commercial Transport Test Pilot / Designated Engineering Representative and President of the American-Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce, properly relieved Benny F. Benitez after one year of faithful and dedicated service to the Chapter as President. email@example.com
Shown Above is Chapter President Rod next to his F-16 (1984)
VP Aerospace Education: Mr. Ciro Hidalgo-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VP AFROTC: Capt. Alexander Rojas-USAF-Email: Axr1377@miami.edu
VP Community Partners: Mr. Raymond Bush Jr.-Email: email@example.com
VP Membership: Mr. Raymond Bush Jr.-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VP General Counsel: Mr. Steven A. Edelstein, Esq.-Email: email@example.com
VP Jr. ROTC: Mr. Raymond G. Bush Jr.-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Veterans Affairs: Mr. Kenneth E. Penman-Email: Kennethpenman51@comcast.net
VP Special Projects: Mr. Benny F. Benitez-Email:email@example.com
VP Civil Air Patrol:Mr. Michael Schumacher firstname.lastname@example.org
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VP Leadership Development :(Vacant)
How to Contact The Leadership at the AFA-317
Address: The Biltmore Hotel Executive Office Center, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Suite 450, Coral Gables, FL 33134. ****************************************** Chapter Secretary: Mrs. Gigi Noelle Bush Email: email@example.com Cell: 305-439-8986
All Applications for Membership and / or Donations should be mailed to the Chapter Treasurer Mrs. Lucia Gish or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Executive Office Center, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Suite 450 Coral Gables, Florida 33134. All Checks payable to: Air Force Association Miami-Homestead Chapter 317th ******************************************
OPERATION HAITIAN RESTORATION 2010
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The Air Force Association Miami-Homestead Chapter The 317th is a proud sponsor and supporter of the George T. Baker Aviation Technical College of Miami Florida. CLICK ON the Dougals A-4 SkyHawk to learn more about the School
482nd Fighter Wing
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93rd Fighter Squadron
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The 317th America's Relevant Air Force Association Chapter
We Want You to Be Part Of Our AFA-317th Chapter
Do you wish to be part of a worth wild community program that supports our Nations Air Force? then contact us. You do not need to be of prior military service. If you have an interest in U.S. Air Power, admiration and apperication for our Military and williness to help our troops, our veterans and your community, please contact us at Email: AFA317@gmail.com or call the Chapter President, Mr. Benny F. Benitez at 786-523-2994 (Click On Uncle Sam to Learn More About the Air Force Association)
United States Air Force (Active Duty)
Wish to serve your Country as part of the greatest Air Force in the World then click on the USAF Logo to learn more about the Active Duty Air Force
United States Air Force Reserve
To learn about the United States Air Force Reserve and the many great educational and training programs it could offer you so as to train and serve right here in your home town of Miami-Dade then Click On the Air Force Wings to learn more about the U.S Air Force Reserve or call TSgt. Ernie Sacarello "Recruiter" at 305-279-9993
Your Local Air Force Reserve Recruiters
AIR FORCE RESERCE 482nd Fighter Wing / Reserve Recruiters Located at: TJ MAXX Plaza / 7444 SW 117th Ave Miami, Florida 33183 Office: 305-279-9993 Fax: 305-279-0291 TSgt. Erine Sacarello / Recruiter email: email@example.com
Florida Air National Guard
Wish to serve your home State of Floirda, click onto the Florida State Flag to learn about the Florida Air National Guard
United States Air Force Auxiliary The Civil Air Patrol
AFA-317th Supports The Tamiami Composite Squadron 335.To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol "CLICK ON" their Logo
Miami International Airport Armed Forces Service Center
"Your Home Away from Home" Located at Miami International Airport Terminal E, 2nd Level Office Number: 305-876-7585 contact person Mr. Keith Whitbeck, President / Director "Click On Old Glory" To Travel To Website
University of Miami Air Force ROTC Det 155
To learn more details about the AFROTC program at the University of Miami contact Capt. Jeff Nunez "Unit Admission Officer" at 305-284-2870 or CLICK ONTO THE DET 155 LOGO
The Primer World F-16 Website F-16.Net
To learn about the Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon, the AFA-317th Miami Chapter welcomes you to click on the F-16 shown above a travel to the primer F-16 webite in the world to learn all about the U.S. Air Force 4th Generation Fighter and the many allied Countries that operate the "Falcon"
United States Air Force Southern Most F-4D Phantoms
Sitting proudly outside the main gate at Homestead Air Reserve Base is F-4D "OY" 50-267 which operated from Mc Dill A.F.B
Posied as if in an extremed low level pass on U.S. 1 in downtown Homestead, Florida is the second South Florida F-4D "FM" ship number 66-0273 a former 482nd TFW aircraft
The AFA-317th Chapter provides this link as a service to our Veterans. Click on the VA Seal to travel to the VA Website
The Digital Aircraft Factory a supporter of the Air Force Association Miami Chapter, the 317th
This digital rendering was created by the Digital Aircraft Factory a subsidiary of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group of Miami. Under the technical and creative leadership of Ms. Catherine D. Smallwood, FAA CFI, CFII. MEI. Goldseal Flight Instructor, the Digital Aircraft Factory provides the service of a "Marketing Force Multiplier" to the aviation industry marketing and promotional needs