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

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. 

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