Special Forces Association Chapter XXII
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Summer Getaway 2017


Chapter members gathered at the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge in Alpine AZ June 21-23 for our annual Summer Getaway.  This is a great opportunity to escape the triple digit valley heat, enjoy the cool ponderosa pine forests (8000' MSL), and do some shooting. Members enjoyed the culinary skills of the new Executive Chef at the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge (who is also quite an wildlife artist). We also had our annual "weapons familiarization" at our improvised range.  Fortunately, heavy rains in the past few weeks had minimized the fire danger and fire restrictions had been lifted in time for us to shoot.

Walter Bruce Foote Memorial


Chapter members traveled to Safford Arizona Memorial Day Weekend to render honors to our Chapter Namesake, SGT Walter Bruce Foote, the first Special Forces soldier from Arizona killed in Vietnam. The local American Legion Post provided the Color Guard, Firing Party, and Bugler for the ceremony.  After the ceremony, members moved to the American Legion Post for lunch provided by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Spring Fling 2017

Chapter XXII changed venues for this year's Spring Fling, moving the event to historic Fort Verde, located in Verde Valley. The site was an Army Fort in the 1800's, and several structures are still standing. The museum tells the history of the fort, the units that were stationed there, the Indian Scouts, and their "relationship" to modern Green Berets. The weather was perfect, it was a great location with several other attractions in the area, and members agreed we would probably return next year. Several members of the Chapter elected to stay in the area after the Spring Fling to enjoy local attractions, to include the Out Of Africa Wildlife Park. Nobody did the ziplining over the big cats, but there's always next year....

House of Seven Arches - Sedona


The Ladies Auxiliary  (Becky Durocher) arranged a luncheon visit to the House of Seven Arches in Sedona, Saturday, 25 March.  The house is owned by Fred Shenn and Terrie Frankel.  The house was originally owned by Lucille Ball. Terrie and her late sister Jennie were the  "Doublemint Twins" and did USO tours in Vietnam with Joey Bishop.  The house is wall-to-wall memorabilia from their careers in entertainment.  Terrie and Fred were great and gracious hosts and everyone enjoyed the day.

Christmas Dinner - 2016


Chapter XXII gathered at the Wild Horse Pass Resort/Casino for our Christmas Dinner.  Wild Horse Pass provided a great buffet dinner, and we had a large number of raffle prizes, to include an engraved Glock 19. A great evening of Camaraderie.  Congratulations to Al Forster for being recognized as Chapter Member of the Year, and Marc Malin, winner of the Glock 19 (and a few other items).

Summer Getaway - 2016


Members gathered at the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge for our annual summer getaway, escaping the triple digit weather in the valley for the cool climate of the White Mountains.  Good food, great camaraderie, and a nice day at our improvised range conducting our annual weapons "familiarization".

SFA Member of the Year - Ray Love


Chapter XXII member Ray Love was recognized as the Special Forces Association Member of the Year at the National Convention in Jacksonville Florida.  Congratulations Ray!  Well Deserved.

SGT Bruce Foote Memorial 2016


Chapter XXII assembled in Safford for our annual Memorial Day ceremony honoring our chapter namesake, SGT Walter Bruce Foote.  We had one of our biggest turn-outs of members in several years.  American Legion Post 32 provided the Color Guard, Firing party and Bugler, and as always, did an outstanding job.  After the ceremony, members moved to American Legion Post 32 where the Post 32 Ladies Auxiliary provided lunch for all.  Chapter XXII President Dan Durocher presented both the Honor Guard and the Ladies Auxiliary with plaques in appreciation for their tremendous support.

JROTC Awards


Chapter XXII presented the SFA JROTC Award (Medal, ribbon and certificate), as well as a Chapter Challenge Coin, to outstanding JROTC Cadets at several schools throughout the valley.

Christmas Dinner 2015
Christmas Dinner 2014
Summer Getaway
SGT Bruce Foote Memorial
JROTC Awards 2014
Spring Fling 2013
Ira Hayes/Iwo Jima Commemoration 2014
Christmas Party/Buffet Dinner 2013

Veterans Day Picnic 2013

Chapter XXII Summer Getaway - Alpine AZ 2013


Walter Bruce Foote Memorial Ceremony - Safford - 2013


JROTC Awards 2013
Spring Fling 2013
Iwo Jima Flag Raising Anniversary - Sacaton 2013
Christmas Party 2012

Veterans Day Picnic - Red Mountain Park 2012

Norm Day - RIP

Chapter XXII Summer Getaway - Alpine AZ 2012

Prescott VA Community Living Center 2012

JROTC Awards 2012
Phoenix VA Community Living Center Lunch 2012
Chapter XXII Spring Fling 2012
Iwo Jima Flag Raising Anniversary - Sacaton 2012
From Member's Archives
Panama '69 - Photos provided by J."Jay" Paton Dellow

Fort Bragg '68 (Gabriel Demo) - Photos provided by J. "Jay" Paton Dellow
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