Greater Hartford Chapter
Our membership is comprised of Paratroopers, current and past, who are Airborne qualified regardless of unit affiliation. Many of our members have served in combat in Asia, Europe, Korea, Viet Nam, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and some continue to do so in the war on global terrorism. We have over 230 life members and we welcome any and all Airborne qualified veterans to join our ranks. Seventeen of our All Americans are from states other than Connecticut.
We belong to the most highly respected military organization of soldiers in the world, Airborne Paratroopers. We are all volunteers; we get hazardous duty pay, we jump out of planes loaded down with heavy and cumbersome equipment and we train to kill people and sing songs about it. Show your paratrooper pride by attending and contributing to our great organization at a meeting. Our Chapter is open to any qualified Paratrooper from any branch of the military of any country. Proof of Airborne qualification is the only requirement.
In 1999, we established the annual RUMBLE, which we host at Northwest Park, Windsor, CT. It is held in an iconic and large tobacco barn; scores of picnic tables, sale items, rain or shine. It's the largest gathering of Paratroopers and their families and friends in New England. We feature a guest speaker and provide impeccable culinary delights and libations galore. We are generally joined by the legendary convicted felons of the Walter Hughes Tri State Chapter as well as those of the GEN James M. Gavin Chapter. Walter himself has been a guest speaker at the Rumble twice, back by popular demand!!!
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Past National President
Sergeant at Arms
John "MO" Moriarty
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Who May Join?
Any person who has been assigned or attached, by competent order, to the 82nd Infantry or 82nd Airborne Division (whether or not they are parachute or glider qualified), served in parachute or glider status with any other recognized Airborne unit (must be authorized to wear parachute or glider qualification badges), or R.O.T.C. cadet who successfully completed Airborne School is eligible for membership in this Association and Chapter.
Why Should I Join?
The Association exists to further develop the bond between current and past Airborne forces of the U.S. Military. To maintain a record of the history and accomplishments of Airborne Troopers. To maintain a close liaison with the active Division. To provide scholarships through the Association Educational Fund to recently released veterans and children of "All American" veteran and active duty members of the Association. Truth is, very few are those who do not cherish their memories and friendships from the military service. By joining, you may get in touch with old friends, forge new friendships, and simply be around people who truly understand your past experience.
How Do I Join?
Please complete our online application for membership.
NOTE: New Members must include proof of Glider or Airborne qualifications or service with the 82nd Airborne Division. A copy of your DD Form 214 is the preferred proof. Redacted documents are acceptable for security.
These plates are only available through the Greater Hartford Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association. Order yours now!
Call Paul Poirier for details.
Our Chapter members attend National events annually to include All American Week and the Annual Convention. Please view the events page of their website for schedules, registration and additional information.
We are the proud sponsors of the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial highway. Honoring the 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers, who were the first Americans in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, as well as all other Paratroopers who have served their country, in peacetime and war.
Take a look at all of our custom Chapter gear. Challenge coins, shirts, decals, magnets and hats are available.
The most recent issue of our newsletter, The Blast.
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Greater Hartford in Action
We play an active role in our community.
The Chapter serves as the liaison for the acquisition of Paratrooper license plates for the State of CT Dept of Motor Vehicles.
Chapter meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Governor's First Foot Guard Armory, located at the corner of High Street and Foot Guard Place in Hartford, CT. The address to plug into your GPS or map app is 159 High Street, Hartford, CT.
The doors are open at 1730 for snacks, libations and Airborne camaraderie. The business portion of the meeting begins at 1900 hours.
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