Chapter Officers

PRESIDENT: GREG DYER

Greg is the chapter President and former Secretary.

His first enlistment in the Army was in 1986, and he attended Infantry basic training/AIT and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. He first served in the mechanized Infantry then on a Long Range Surveillance Detachment team in what, at the time, were border areas of West Germany/East Germany/Czechoslovakia. After four years of active duty, Greg left the Army to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

On September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked America, and after an eleven-year break in service Greg had re-enlisted in the Army. After repeating basic/AIT and regaining NCO stripes, he attended SFAS. After successful completion of SFAS and the SFQC, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group and served as the Senior Engineer Sergeant on ODA 532 (5132 after the addition of a 4th Battalion). He was last stationed at Fort Campbell in July of 2009, but he remained in Clarksville for graduate school.

Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Military history from Austin Peay State University with a focus on Unconventional Warfare, the Cold War and Special Operations, and a Certificate in Security Studies

VICE PRESIDENT: DOUG LIVERMORE

SFA BIO PIC - DOUG LIVERMOREDoug is the Chapter Vice President.

Doug commissioned as an Infantry officer in 2004 upon graduation from West Point.  He served two tours in Iraq as a light infantry platoon leader, battalion assistant operations officer, and heavy weapons company executive officer with the 10th Mountain Division.  After returning from his second tour, Doug attended the Maneuver Captain Career Course, SFAS, and SFQC before reporting to 3/10 SFG (A).  Over the next five years, Doug commanded a mobility team, a specialty team, served as a TF future plans officer, and finished as the future plans/special activities officer for 3/10 SFG (A).  Doug led SOF elements during combat and contingency operations in Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Djibouti, Afghanistan, and a number of other locations.

After leaving active duty for the private sector, Doug served as a detachment commander and executive officer with C/2-20th SFG (A).  As a civilian, Doug has stayed heavily involved in the SOF community through the SFA and his continued research/writing.  He currently works in the private sector as a consultant to a number of Federal and commercial clients.  Multiple international affairs and security studies journal have published Doug’s works.  Additionally, multiple book publications feature his writings.  Doug is also a regular contributor to the Special Forces Association’s journal, The Drop.  During his service, Doug earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star (for service), four awards of the Army Commendation Medal (one award for valor), one Army Achievement Medal, the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs, and multiple other awards.

SECRETARY: KALANI MATTHEWS

Kalani is a founding member of Chapter 105 and served as the chapter’s first Secretary and second Vice President.

Kalani began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1986 and attending boot camp at M.C.R.D. San Diego.  Kalani was assigned to 4th Force Reconnaissance Company at Perl Harbor, Hawaii where he went on to reclassify to Force Recon Marine.  Kalani attended Reconnaissance Marine training in Coronado, as well as Army Airborne and Navy SCUBA Dive schools, as a Marine.  The first formal school Kalani attended as a soldier was the Special Forces Engineer (18C) Qualification Course.

Kalani enlisted in the Army in 1994 and was assigned to C.Co 3/327th Infantry at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  He attended SFAS in 1995 and was assigned to ODA 555 as an OJT 18C while awaiting the Q course.  During his time at 5th Special Forces Group, Kalani served as a safety diver for training dives, re-qualification dives, and pre-SCUBA. He also learned basic and improvised demolition and breaching techniques.  In 1997 Kalani graduated the SFQC (18C) and Thai language course, and was assigned to ODA 162 at Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as his detachment’s Senior Engineer Sergeant. In 1999, Kalani moved to Northern Virginia, and later attended the Advanced International Morse Code and Special Forces Communications (18E) Qualification Course at Fort Bragg.

Today Kalani works as Director of Field Services for Knowmadics, Inc.

TREASURER: JOHN MCNICHOLS

46th birthdayJohn McNichols is the Treasurer of Chapter 105.

John began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1991, serving in the mechanized infantry in Korea and Fort Hood, Texas before attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1993. Upon completing the Qualification Course in 1994, John was assigned to Fort Bragg, where he served in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group for the next three years. He is a graduate of the Ranger, Jumpmaster, and Special Operations Training Courses.

Since 2005, John has been an attorney in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC.

PRESIDENT EMERITUS: LOU HOFFMAN

Louis “Lou” Hoffman is the Chapter President Emeritus, Senior Officer, founding member, and first President of the chapter.

Lou is a career Army Officer who retired at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. Lou is one of the first members to be inducted into the Special Forces Branch as an 18A when it became a separate branch by General Orders No. 35 on June 19, 1987.

Lou’s military specialties include Special Forces, Infantry, and Military Intelligence (Electronic Warfare).

Lou’s early military assignments with Special Forces include Special Forces A Team Executive Officer,ODA 533, Co C, 1st Bn, 5th SFG (Airborne); Special Forces A Team Leader, ODA, 533, Co C, 1st Bn, 5th SFG (Airborne); and Battalion Operations Officer and 1st Bn, 5th SFG (Airborne).

Lou’s later military assignments with Special Forces include Special Forces Special Access Program Manager, Army Staff (Pentagon) and Special Forces Plans and Operations Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Pentagon).

Lou graduated from the United States Army Special Forces Officer Qualification Course on 9 April 1979.

Lou is the founder and 1st Chapter President of the National Capitol Region Chapter (NCR), 1st Cavalry Division Association, Washington D.C.

Lou deployed from May 2005 to June 2006 to Afghanistan where he served as a Senior Mentor to the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, the Afghanistan Army General Staff, and the Afghanistan National Army.

Lou’s civilian education includes a Masters in Public Administration, Troy University (Justice Administration & National Strategic Affairs); Masters in Procurement and Acquisitions Management, Webster University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Widener University; and an Associates Degree in Business Management from Middlesex County College.

Lou currently serves with the Department of the Army as a Program Manager within the Army’s Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Lou has over ten years of DOD and Army acquisition experience and is certified in Program Management and Test and Evaluation.

Lou is married to his college sweetheart Kathy and they have two daughters and one grandson.

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