The Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress" AFA-317th Chapter Aircraft

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"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 (A&P Lic.) Former Chapter President (2009-2010)
As assisted by Cadet Master Sergeant, Andres Cruz (NESA), Civil Air Patrol, Tamiami Composite Squadron CAP-355

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Welcomes Chapter Executive VP, Frederick A. Karmmire (Ted), Major, USAF (Ret.) As The March 9th Luncheon Guest Speaker. To Speak About "A Flying Career"


AFA-317th MARCH LUNCHEON AT THE 
94th AERO SQUADRON RESTAURANT
THURSDAY, MARCH 9th, 2017 AT 12 NOON 
COST OF LUNCHEON US$25.00 
Please RSVP by Monday 6th March
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reserve your place for this event


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Present At The Cuban American Veterans Association (CAVA) Monument Dedication Ceremony On The Grounds Of The Miami Military Museum

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. 

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Welcomes Chapter President, Lt.Col. Rodrigo "Rod" Huete As The February 9th Luncheon Guest Speaker. To Speak About "The State Of The Chapter"


AFA-317th FEBRUARY LUNCHEON AT THE 
94th AERO SQUADRON RESTAURANT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2017 AT 12 NOON 
COST OF LUNCHEON US$25.00 
Please RSVP by Monday 6th February
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reserve your place for this event
No credit cards or checks, cash only

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It's Air Show Time In South Florida! 
Come On Out To 
Homestead Air Reserve Base
November 5th and 6th 2016

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Gates Open At 8 am
Come And See Your
 United States Air Force


Look For Our AFA-317th Tent 
By The C-130

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Come By And Meet Your 
Miami-Homestead AFA-317th 
Leadership and Chapter Members 


Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Welcomes Commander Jean-Michel G. Caffin, French Navy Citizen Reserve As The November 10th Luncheon Guest Speaker. To Speak About Rhodesia's Air & Land Counter-Insurgency Quick Reaction Forces, 1965-1980



AFA-317th NOVEMBER LUNCHEON AT THE 
94th AERO SQUADRON RESTAURANT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2016 AT 12 NOON 
COST OF LUNCHEON US$25.00 
Please RSVP by Monday 7th November
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reserve your place for this event
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Welcomes The Honorable Mr. James Cason, City of Coral Gables Mayor As the October 13th Luncheon Guest Speaker. To Speak About U.S. State Department Policies & Diplomatic Missions In South-Comm A.O.R


 

AFA-317th OCTOBER LUNCHEON AT THE 
94th AERO SQUADRON RESTAURANT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2016 AT 12 NOON 
COST OF LUNCHEON US$25.00 
Please RSVP by Monday 10th October
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Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Regrets To Announce The Passing of Vietnam Veteran, Former AFA President Homestead Chapter and University of Miami Professor, Lt. Col. Ramon E. de Arrigunaga USAF (Ret.)

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IN MEMORIAM 
Lt. Col. Ramon E. de Arrigunaga USAF (Ret.)

Lt. Col. Ramon E. de Arrigunaga former President of the AFA Homestead Chapter

Lt. Col. Arrigunaga teaching aerodynamics to local Boy Scouts. Lt. Col. Arrigunaga was instrumental in assisting Boy Scouts obtain their aviation rating badge 

Lt. Col. Arrigunaga had a distinguished military career as a Special Operation combat pilot during the Vietnam War, flying several USAF aircraft types both in combat and in peace time missions

Lt. Col. Ramon E. de Arrigunana, USAF (Ret.) 

The Air Force Association Miami-Homestead Chapter-AFA-317th regrets to advise of the passing of  Vietnam War, USAF, Special Operation Veteran Lt. Col. Ramon E. de Arrigunaga. Lt. Col. de Arrigunaga passed away on 10th September 2016. Ray fought a valiant effort against cancer due to Agent Orange exposure during his time in Southeast Asia fighting communism. He died peacefully in his house surrounded by his family and his Priest, Father Eddie Jones.
Ray was President of the AFA Homestead Chapter before it merged with the Miami Chapter , then became the Executive Vice President until 2012, when he moved to Destin, Florida. Col. de Arrigunaga had a distinguished military career as a Special Operation combat pilot during the Vietnam War, flying several airplane types. 
After retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he became a Professor at the University of Miami in the International Studies Department. Lt. Col. de Arrigunana was buried at Saint. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Catholic Church. Our sincere condolences to his family. Ray will be missed.