Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Convention Anchor Hotel Update, NEW 7/13/2017

The Hotel Paso del Norte (formally known as the Camino Real) is the Convention Anchor Hotel and is now accepting reservations. 

Currently reservation via phone are the best method to ensure you get the SFA National Convention rate.  Call Gisela Ramirez at (915) 534-3060, Monday through Friday from 0900 to 1700 hours Mountain Time.  The Facsimile number is (915) 534-3090.  Be sure to tell Gisela you are visiting for the 2018 Special Forces Association National Convention.
Renovations and management duties in the near term are taking Gisela away from her desk from time to time, so if you cannot get Gisela on the phone, you can send her an e-mail with your contact number and she'll get back to you.

Information on other Hotels in the immediate area will be posted soon - we are still in the rate negotiation process!

To read a short but interesting history of this historic hotel go to this link - Hotel Paso del Norte 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Special Forces Association 2018 National Convention Tentative Schedule of Events

The 2018 Special Forces Association National Convention is scheduled for
12-17 June 2018 in El Paso, Texas. 

The theme for this convention is the "Mexican - American Green Beret"

Host Chapter is SFA Chapter IX, "The Isaac Camacho Chapter", El Paso, Texas.
Supporting Chapter is SFA Chapter LXXX, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Tentative Schedule of Events:  

Tuesday 12 June 2018
0800-2200 hours                    Hospitality Room Open

Wednesday 13 June 2018
0800-2200 hours                    Hospitality Room Open
0800-Until Complete             Golf Outing at Butterfield Trail Golf Course *
1400-2200 hours                    Steak Dinner at Cattleman's Indian Cliff Ranch  *

Thursday 14 June 2018
0800-2200 hours                    Hospitality Room Open
1000-1200 hours                    Chapter President's Meeting
1200-1700 hours                    War Eagles Museum Tour (Free OH-58 rides available; Free Fall
                                                Parachuting also available at additional cost) *
1900-2100 hours                    "The Green Berets" film at Plaza Theater **

Friday 15 June 2018
0800-2200 hours                    Hospitality Room Open
1000-1200 hours                    General Membership Meeting at Hotel
1200-1400 hours                    Catered Mexican Picnic Lunch at Hotel
1900-2200 hours                    Green Beret night at the El Paso Chihuahua's AAA Baseball game **

Saturday 16 June 2018
0800-2200 hours                    Hospitality Room Open
1000-1400 hours                    Field trip to Viet Nam War Memorial *
1700-1900 hours                    Cocktails at El Paso Convention Center **
1900-Until Complete             Convention Banquet at El Paso Convention Center **

Sunday 17 June 2018
0001-Until Complete             All attendees break contact and return to home station

* transportation to and from event is provided
** event is within easy walking distance (1/4 mile) from Hotel

Full Registration is $150 until 1 March 2018 when full registration will increase to $165.00
Full Registration includes the Hospitality Room, Cattleman's Indian Cliff Ranch Dinner, War Eagles Museum Tour and lunch, the Convention Banquet and the Picnic. 

You can also select individual events at the following rates:  the Hospitality Room ($50), Cattleman's Indian Cliff Ranch Dinner ($50), War Eagles Museum Tour and lunch ($30), the Convention Banquet ($65) and the Picnic ($30). 

The Chihuahua's Baseball Game is hopeful but the team's 2018 schedule is not set yet.

Lunch is provided at the War Eagles Museum Tour.  Attendees must purchase their own lunch/snacks at the Golf Outing, Plaza Theatre, Chihuahua's Baseball Game and the Viet Nam War Memorial trip.

There will be a Visitor Information Table and Local Vendors setup near the hospitality room. 
Anchor hotel is the Hotel Paso Del Norte which until recently was known as the Camino Real Hotel, and will be operating as a Marriot Autograph Hotel.  Again, this hotel is within a couple blocks of the Plaza Theatre, the Chihuahua's Baseball stadium and the Convention Center.

We will soon post information on hotels accommodations including locations, phone numbers and event code for convention pricing.   

The above schedule is tentative.  We are working to finalize events.   

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chapter IX Namesake - Isaac Camacho

Capt. Isaac “Ike” Camacho was born June 3, 1937 in the town of Fabens, Texas. At the age of 13, he moved to El Paso, Texas, where he graduated Thomas Jefferson High School in 1955. Upon graduation from high school, Camacho enlisted in the United States Army, taking his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., followed by Infantry and Airborne School at Fort Campbell, Ky. Promoted to the rank of sergeant during his first enlistment, he became determined to make the Army his career. Volunteering for Special Forces he became qualified as a Special Forces weapons sergeant and was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Deployed to Vietnam as a member of Detachment A-21, then Sgt. 1st Class Camacho was serving at the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) Camp at Hiep Hoa when it came under attack by an estimated reinforced battalion of Viet Cong on the night of Nov. 22 1963. Taking the camp by complete surprise, the Viet Cong initiated their attack with withering automatic weapons and small-arms fire followed within seconds by an intense mortar barrage, pinning down the entire Vietnamese Strike Force inside the camp. Running from his sleeping area, Camacho maneuvered through a hail of bullets and shell fragments to man a mortar position. Calmly manning the position, he began to concentrate his fire on the Viet Cong that were attempting to breach the camp and remained in the mortar position until he was ordered to withdraw from the camp. In the subsequent confusion of the battle, Camacho was captured, along with three other members of the detachment.

Following his capture, he was marched more than 150 kilometers to a prisoner of war camp near the Cambodian border, where he was held for 21 months either caged, shackled or chained to a tree. Remaining resolute and determined to escape, he made good his escape on the night of July 9, 1965. Using the cover of a monsoon rain, he slipped through the bars of his cage, which was less than 25 feet from his guard, and slipped into the jungle, evading capture for four days although suffering from starvation, malnutrition and disease. Finally finding his way to an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) outpost, he was repatriated to the United States, where then Master Sergeant Camacho was debriefed on his ordeal and received accolades from President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first American serviceman to escape from a POW camp in Vietnam.

Receiving a field commission to the rank of captain and after completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Cap. Camacho returned to duty with the Special Forces, serving with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and subsequently was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he retired following his service as the commander of the Fort Bliss Stockade.

Capt. Camacho’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Meal, Purple Heart Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Prisoner of War Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutists Badge, Vietnamese Ranger Badge and the Vietnamese Parachutist Badge.

In retirement, Camacho entered the U.S. Postal Service, attaining the position of station manager, and retiring with more than 20 years of service. The El Paso Chapter of the Special Forces Association has been named the “Isaac Camacho Chapter.” He is married to the beautiful Gracie Camacho, and has two sons.

A longer article on Ike can be found at the History Net.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Request for Mail In SFA 2018 National Convention Registration Form

Fill out this form, select "continue" then confirm and we will send you by e-mail, a printable SFA 2018 National Convention Registration form that you can mail to us. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SFA 2018 National Convention Registration Form

This is the on-line registration form.  After completing and submitting you must go to the on-line payment site accessible via the icon on the right hand side of the web page.