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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 90 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. November 30, 2023, 1800, Zoom.

Natalie Shaw RIP. The wife of Chapter member Frank Shaw passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 in Littleton, Massachusetts. Obituary.

Dick Nazarro RIP. Chapter member Dick Nazarro passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. He had been waging a courageous battle with cancer the past few years. He had been moved from the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Ma. to the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers, Ma. in the days prior to his death. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023 in Middleton, Ma.
IMO of Dick Nazzaro.

Veteran's Day Observance. The Chapter will convene at the Buckley Monument in Stoneham, Ma. in honor of Chapter namesake Col. William Buckley on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Uniform will be Class A's or the Chapter 54 3-season jacket and beret with flash of your choice. The Chapter President will make a few remarks at 10:30 a.m. at the Stoneham Town Hall as part of the Town's observances. Following the Town Hall event Chapter members will meet at the Buckley Monument. The meeting will conclude with coffee at a nearby location.

Fred Rice Gets a Mention by the Special Warfare Museum. View a picture of a very young Fred during his first years in the Army.

Future Events. The date for the Christmas party has been set. Visit the events page for more information.

Foreign Weapons Familiarization Course. The final weapons course and shoot was held in mid-September. After all expenses were paid the Chapter made $4,921.56 net - now in the Chapter treasury. There were 48 guest shooters as well a large support and instructor staff to run the event. Many thanks to Vin Pestilli and his crew for conducting the past nine FWFC events!

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