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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

Chapter Fishing Trip. This will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 8, 2022 on Cape Cod. Last years fishing trip was a great success. Read more on the 2022 fishing trip on the Events page.

Executive Board Meeting. A meeting will be held at the Quincy, Massachusetts VFW on Saturday morning, October 8, 2022. On the agenda is a review of events completed this year, financial report, the American Heritage Museum tour date, Veteran's Day observance, and other matters.

Foreign Weapons Course. This annual event will be on Saturday, September 24, 2022. The morning classroom session will be in Fryeburg, Maine and the range shoot will be in Center Conway, New Hampshire. This will be followed by a Saturday evening cookout.

H&K Pistol Raffle. A number of chapter members have bought tickets for the pistol raffle that generates funds for the chapter. If you need tickets for the raffle send an email to Kevin P.

Chapter Annual Cookout. This will be held on Saturday, August 20th at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. The location is the AFB Family Camp and Picnic Area. It will be held from 1200 to 1500 hours.

RIP William McArdle. Bill passed away on June 12, 2022 at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts at the age of 82. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 serving in Special Forces and Military Intelligencel and was a member of Chapter 54.

All New England Special Forces Cook-out. This event was held on June 10, 2022 at Westover AFB in Springfield, Mass. with nearly 200 SF personnel from all over New England. This included members from Chapters 48, 54, 72, and the Maine SF Annex, as well as 19th, 20th, and SOD-G members.

Scholarship Announcement. The Scholarship Committee has selected Anna Claire Tsouklas and Taylor-Ann Greenwood for the annual 2022 scholarship. Each will recieve $2,000 towards their educational goals.

Memorial Service for Pat Flynn. On July 6, 2022 a memorial service was held for a lengendary Special Forces member. Members of Chapter 54 attended this event.

Fishing With Warriors. Chapter 54 member Hugh Van Roosen has been selected to attend the Fishing With Warriors trip to Costa Rica this year.

Fishing Trip Cancelled. The planned June 5th chapter fishing trip has been cancelled. There were no fishing boats available for that date. The event may be scheduled later this fall.

RIP Joe Connolly. The chapter has received word that Joseph Connolly passed away on October 2021. He was a retired Master Sergeant who served 34 years in the U.S. Army including time in Vietnam.

LTC William Buckley Remembered. Chapter member Bill Buckley was inducted into the Boston University ROTC Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 29, 2022. He was a graduate of the BU Class of 1955.

RIP Harry E. Wellsman. Chapter member Harry Wellsman passed away on April 28, 2022. He was a resident of Buxton, Maine.

RIP Paul Piusz. Former Chapter 54 member SGM (Ret.) Paul Scott Piusz passed away on April 20, 2022. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then in Special Forces for a total of 29 years. Obituary.

RIP Beverly Surette. Chapter member Beverly Surette, age 86, passed away on April 11, 2022. She was a Life and Associate member of the Special Forces Association. She was a long-time partner of LTC Bill Buckley. She was a staunch supporter of Chapter 54. Obituary.

RIP Denny Drewry. A long time member and former president of Chapter 54 passed away on March 8, 2022. IMO Denny

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