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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 are held periodically throughout the year. 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

Museum Tour. A visit to a Boston-area museum is planned for Saturday, April 13, 2024.  See event listing for more details.

Return to Devens. In October 2024, the Special Forces community will hold a four-day reunion event at the former Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
Return to Devens

RIP - Len Henson. Chapter 54 member Leonard J. Henson passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Visitation and funeral services will be held on Friday, March 29, 2024. Services

RIP - Dick Duteau. Richard Duteau passed away on February 16, 2024, at his home in Florida. He was a member of the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 20th Special Forces Groups. IMO Dick Duteau

Scholarship Program Update. The Chapter 54 Scholarship Program has been updated and revised to make it clearer to understand and to simplify the application process. The application period has also been revised and is now March 31st to May 31st. For more information, go to the Scholarships link on this page.

RIP - Rudy Szegda. Chapter member Rudy Szegda passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024. He served in the Marine Corps, with a tour in Vietnam, and in the 11th Special Forces Group based at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. IMO Rudy Szegda

RIP - Scott MacKinnon. Scott passed away in early January 2024. He retired from Special Forces after serving on active duty, in the 11th, and in the 20th Special Forces Group. IMO Scott MacKinnon

Christmas Party. The Chapter Christmas Party was held on December 14, 2023, at the Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA. Read all about it here.

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