Chicago Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association


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  • 05 Jan 2023 08:26 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Join us in welcoming our newest Chicago Chapter member, Fred Duke of Merrillville, IN.

    Fred retired from the US Army as an E-7 in 2019 after just over 20 years of service that included C/2-505 PIR (82nd Airborne Div) from 2002-2005. He was an Airborne Infantryman with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Airborne, All The Way!

  • 04 Jan 2023 19:28 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Following a busy Holiday/New Years and with a few new board members joining, we need some extra time to get things organized and moving forward. As such, we're going to cancel our normal January meeting, which would have been held Sunday, 08 January. 

    Our first meeting of 2023 will be held Sunday, 05 February at Rock Bottom Warrenville and will be in-person only. We're moving up a week due to a conflict in February with the Super Bowl that's scheduled for Sunday, 12 Feb. 

    Airborne, All The Way! 

  • 04 Jan 2023 19:03 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Our 2023 Chicago Chapter Executive Board was installed, per our chapter By Laws, at the chapter holiday party on 11 December 2022 at Rock Bottom Warrenville. The installing officer was former chapter Chairman Don Strazer.

    The 2023 Board consists of the following Chicago Chapter members, who will serve a one-year term: 

    • Chairman & Secretary: Mark Mueller (12th term)
    • Vice Chairman: Rene Hernandez (2nd term) 
    • Treasurer: Thomas Milone (1st term) 
    • Sergeant at Arms: Mario Nunez (1st term) 

    Airborne, All The Way! 

  • 01 Dec 2022 16:41 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Our 2023 Airborne Wall Calendars are here! Just visit our eBay store to get yours today, and get another for an Airborne buddy! They will also be at our Holiday party at Rock Bottom Warrenville on 13 Dec if you'd like to pick one up in-person. As always, the calendar is a brand new design and chock full of military and historical dates, including all known combat jumps. 

    Just $20 each and all proceeds benefit the Chicago Chapter's mission -- AATW!

  • 09 Nov 2022 12:41 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    On 15 October 2022, the Chicago Chapter participated in a golf outing fund raiser at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake In The Hills, IL, that was the brainchild of our member Thomas Milone. 

    While chapter participation was modest, the Boulder Ridge members who participated were extremely generous and the event was absolutely terrific. Many thanks to Tom for his hard work and dedication to this project!

    Because of the success of the event, the Chicago Chapter was able to make a $3,280 donation to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. In the photo below, Tom Milone and I present the donation to Tom Heneghan, MSHV's Major Gifts Officer, at their office on 28 Oct.

    The plan is to make this an annual event and hopefully bigger each year. We'll share info regarding the 2023 event early in the year. Likely the next event will move up to late Spring or early Summer.

    Mark Mueller

  • 03 Nov 2022 16:05 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Welcome to our newest Chicago Chapter member, Michael Natonski of Libertyville, IL!

    Mike served with C/3-504 PIR (82nd Airborne Div) from 1988-91 as an 11B Infantryman and is a Persian Gulf War veteran.

    Welcome aboard, Mike! AATW!

  • 02 Nov 2022 17:25 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    The Chicago Bears are hosting a special recognition breakfast at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL, for Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans of all U.S. military services who served between Nov 1955 and May 1975. The Chicago Bears organization wants to recognize our nation's veterans who did not receive the support and gratitude they deserved during their time in service. Only these veterans are invited to this event.

    This free event includes:
    * A full breakfast buffet
    * Special pinning ceremony
    * Meet and greet with Bears alumni
    * Special gift bag
    * Special guest speakers and more!

    You must RSVP by this Friday, 04 November 2022 at 17:00 (firm) by contacting Jerry Paulsen at (847) 529-5205 or via email at

    Details needed for day of:
    1. Name, phone number and email of each veteran attending
    2. Notice of any ADA needs
    3. MUST bring photo ID to check in at Halas Hall
    4. Photo waivers on site to sign for all veteran attendees
    5. Any assistance needed will be prearranged

    This is not a Chicago Chapter or 82nd Airborne Division Association event; we are not directly affiliated nor responsible. We are only sharing this information with our members who may be eligible and interested for their benefit. Feel free to pass this information along to others that may be eligible and interested.

  • 21 Sep 2022 08:27 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Our Chicago Chapter welcomes its newest member - Floyd Soristo, Jr. of Wheeling, IL! 

    Floyd served as an Infantryman with B/2-508th PIR (82nd Abn Div) from 1972-74 and earned the rank of SGT/E-5. 

    Welcome aboard, Floyd! Airborne, All The Way!

  • 08 Sep 2022 09:22 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Units involved in the withdrawal from Afghanistan will be recognized for their service, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced.

    “At President Biden’s direction, all units involved in the retrograde operation from Afghanistan, Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome will be awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation or its equivalent,” Austin said in a statement released Aug. 31.

    This includes the 82nd Airborne Division. Click here to read the whole story on AUSA's website. 

  • 26 Aug 2022 16:51 | Mark Mueller (Administrator)

    Our Chicago Chapter welcomes its newest member - Thomas Milone of Crystal Lake, IL! 

    Tom served as an Infantryman with 2/504PIR (82nd Abn Div) from 1996-99, including a deployment to Southwest Asia. 

    Welcome aboard, Tom! Airborne, All The Way!

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