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Chapter 54 of the Special Forces Association is based in New England. The chapter members come from all six New England states and beyond.

The chapter is named after LTC William Buckley, a chapter member and Special Forces officer, who died in Lebanon in the service of his country - more information is provided at the menu to the left by clicking on his name.

The members of the Special Forces Association, formed in 1964, are current and former Green Berets of the United States Army from the active and reserve components. The national headquarters of the Special Forces Association is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina (near Fort Bragg - home of SF). There are over 85 Special Forces Association chapters spread across the country and overseas.

The Chapter 54 members meet several times a year. The regular business meetings (some with guest speakers) are held monthly, Memorial Day is observed by chapter members in Stoneham, Mass, in late spring an annual Foreign Weapons Firing weekend takes place, August the chapter holds its annual cookout, Veterans Day is observed in Stoneham, Mass, and the annual Christmas party is held in December.

Chapter 54 shares the New England region with SFA-72 based in New Hampshire and SFA-48 based in Rhode Island.

Chapter 54 News and Events

Executive Board Meeting
February 11, 2023, Saturday, 0930 hours
Ferncroft Towers, 40 Village Road, Middleton, MA 01949
Topics for the meeting include proposed 2023 budget, update on chapter finances, review of last year's calendar, and setting the calendar for 2023. Additionally, a discussion will take place on the future and structure of the Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course. The meeting is open to the entire membership. Coffee and doughnuts will be served during the meeting; there will be pizza for lunch at 1130 hours.

RIP Bob Delia. Retired CSM Robert Delia, an Associate Member of Chapter 54, passed away on January 11, 2023. Services will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Pepperell, MA.

RIP Don Marnon.  Chapter 54 member Donald James Marnon passed away on December 17, 2022 in Dothan, Alabama. He was 85 years old.

RIP Rolly Hill. Chapter 54 member Roland F. Hill passed away on December 19, 2022. Arrangements to be handled by Casper Funeral and Cremations of Boston, Ma.

Christmas Party
December 10, 2022, 12:00 - 15:00
Kitty's Restaurant
North Reading, MA
Chapter members enjoyed a great Italian meal with their fellow Green Berets! Socks were collected to donate to the Boston VA hospitals. Bob Delponte, Chapter Quartermaster, displayed coins and other SF items for purchase. Door prizes and a 50-50 raffle were part of the event. John Friberg provided a brief on the efforts of veterans to assist in the evacuation and resettlement of Afghans who served alongside U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. Bill Fanaras provided a brief history about the mlitary career of Chapter 54's first chapter president, LTC Donald Van Roosen. Location by Google Maps.

RIP Maria Pierelli. The wife of Chapter 54 member Daniel Pierelli has passed away. Maria was a frequent participant at the chapter picnics.

RIP John Costello. Chapter 54 member John Costello passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022. A wake will be held on November 1st and graveside funeral on November 2nd in Tyngsborough, Ma.

Nominations for Chapter Member of the Year. This year the chapter will select chapter members for two awards. One is the LTC Donald C. Van Roosen Award and the other is the Malcolm Kalp Award. Nomination forms have been emailed out to chapter members. Awards were not given in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID and suspension of chapter operations.

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