Air Force Association - Chapter 195


The Air Force Association educates the public on the critical role of aerospace power in our nation’s defense and supports the United States Air Force and its auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol.  For more information, please visit the websites of AFA NationalAFA NJ, and NJ Wing CAP.

 
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The Shooting Star Chapter, AF195, of the Air Force Association normally meets on the last Saturday of the month from January to May and September and October with the meetings currently being conducted via Zoom.  See the Meetings tab for greater detail on past meetings.




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May 29,2021

2021 Teacher of the Year Award

Presented to: Joseph Konopinski

On Saturday, May 29th, at 2:00 PM, Chapter 195 will be holding a virtual meeting via Zoom where we will have a talk by our Teacher of the Year, Joseph Konopinski, Science Teacher, Morris Hills Regional School District, Rockaway, NJ.   He has taught Physics for the past four years and, for the last three years, he has also taught courses in an Aviation and Aerospace program sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.   Joseph Konopinski is also regarded as an expert in teaching high school students aviation skills using flight simulators in a classroom environment.  The curriculum is a rigorous four-year program that prepares students for careers in aviation. 

For more about the program, see: AOPA’s High School Initiative


February 29,2020

Arsenal of Democracy Capitol Flyover

by Donna Lazartic and Lt Col Bob Vaucher

On Saturday, February 29th, you are cordially invited to our next meeting at 12:30 PM for lunch at Charlie Brown’s, 522 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, NJ, 07928. Donna Lazartic and Lt Col Bob Vaucher will give us a presentation on plans for the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Victory-Europe Day on May 8th, 2020. He has been selected as the ‘Honorary Air Boss’ of the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover of the Capital, D.C., including the WWII Memorial to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe.  Donna recommends viewing this video of “FiFi" one of the last flying B-29's and Bob hopes to be flying in it over the Capitol on VE-Day.



January 25,2020

The Civil Air Patrol and the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron

by 1st Lt Jens Peter Hinge, CAP, Aerospace Education Officer

On Saturday, January 25th, you are cordially invited to our next meeting at 12:30 PM for lunch at Charlie Brown’s, 522 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, NJ, 07928. Our speaker will be 1st Lt Jens Peter Hinge, CAP, Aerospace Education Officer, on the Civil Air Patrol and the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron.  He joined CAP about 14 years ago with the Hampton Roads Composite Squadron, Virginia, to make use of his recently obtained pilot’s license. However, rather than flying he was in charge of the Aerospace Education program. Then his work assignments to Asia and Canada interrupted and impacted his CAP activity until he recently retired to Madison and joined the Squadron. Other members of the Squadron may be attending as well. 




October 26,2019

Fifty Years in Civil Aviation Planning and Management

by Vincent Volpicelli, B.S. in Civil Engineering, MBA in Management

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, October 26th, at 12:30 PM for lunch at Charlie Brown’s, 522 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, NJ, 07928. Our speaker will be Vincent Volpicelli of Chatham, on his 50 year career in civil aviation planning and management starting in 1957 which included work at: Ebasco in structural design; Lockheed, CA, Flight Test and Development Division; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (29 years) at Newark Airport, NJ, as Director of Aviation for New Jersey State; Airport Director of Atlantic City Airport (3 years); and Consultant (10 years) in project management for general aviation airports.



September 28,2019

The Rutgers Oral History Archives

by Donald Koger, Staff Member, Rutgers Oral History Archives, Department of History


Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 28th, at Charlie Brown’s, Chatham, NJ.  Donald Koger will give a talk on the Rutgers Oral History Archives.  Oral histories can provide insight into the lived experiences of individuals during a particular point in history.  The Archives were conceived and initiated in 1994 by the Rutgers class of 1942 as a way of documenting the stories of veterans/alumnae returning from World War II.  He will elaborate on some of the ongoing projects which collect the stories of Veterans; Rutgers alumnae, administrators, faculty & staff; as well as NJ residents at large.