Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Massachusetts
24 Beacon Street Room 546-1 State House
Boston, MA 02133
Fr. Joseph J. Gallick
Fr. Gallick was commissioned a chaplain in the Pennsylvania Army Reserve National Guard in 1986. In 1987, he enter active duty, serving in numerous assignments until transferring to the Massachusetts Army Reserve in 1997, where he served until his retirement in 2009. While mobilized to Ft. Drum, NY, in 2004, he was tasked to provide religious support throughout the Afghanistan Theatre of Operation. Following his return stateside he joined the VFW, Post 697, Whitman, Massachusetts. Fr. Gallick was elected State Chaplain, Department of Massachusetts VFW
John Larney joined the US Navy in 1961 after graduation from high school, he went thru boot camp at Great Lakes, IL and was assigned to the USS Antietam CVS 36 as part of an experiment to see if a short time at sea would improve the dropout rate from long technical schools. The sixty-day experiment wound up being nine months because of a fleet wide freeze caused by the Cuban crisis. While aboard the Antietam, it was part of the recovery task force for John Glenn.
After nine months of technical school, he was assigned to the USS Brush DD 745, in 1964, it deployed on a West Pac cruise to the Pacific and took up a station in the South China sea, his ship and several others were attacked by North Vietnamese PT boats—it was the start of the escalation of the Vietnam War in August of 1964.
Larney was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and later the Vietnam Service Medal, both qualifying him for VFW membership. Larney left the Navy in 1965 and started a twenty five year career in the high tech world followed by a distinguished career in real estate.
He joined the VFW in Medway Post 1526 in 1981 and became a Life Member in 1983; he has held several positions in the Post including Post Quartermaster where he earned his “white hat”.
Department of Massachusetts Leadership Team 2018-2019
State Sr. Vice Commander
Jeffrey Najarian enlisted in the Army in 1969, serving to 1973 and earned his eligibility for the VFW for service in Vietnam from 1970-1971 as a member of the II Field Force. Jeff joined the VFW in 1974 (over 40 years of VFW service). Jeff has held many Post and District offices, notably: Commander of the Rockland 'Old Colony' VFW Post 1788 from 2010-2012 (All State and All American Post Commander 2012); and the District 12 Commander from 2010-2012. On the state level he has served on a number of committees, notably: State VOD Chairman, 2011-2013; State Patriots Pen Chairman, 2014-2015; currently your State Inspector, 2015-2016; and appointed National 'Aide-de-Camp' for 2012-2015. Jeff is a life and Bronze legacy member of the Old Colony Post 1788 in Rockland, Massachusetts. Jeff is married for over 40 years to his wife, Mary and has two sons and three grandson.
State Judge Advocate
Doug Wood joined the Navy in 1981 after completing 1 year at Southeastern Massachusetts University. Upon completion of Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Training Unit, he was ordered to USS Tinosa (SSN-606) where earned his Silver Dolphins. In 1986, he was assigned as an instructor at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, also completing Engineering Watch Supervisor qualification. In 1990 he was assigned to USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656B), completing 2 strategic deterrent patrols, earning the Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin. His next assignment was USS Philadelphia (SSN-690). After making 1 deployment, the ship was sent for refueling, where he was the refueling supervisor. His following commands include Commissioning crew of USS Seawolf (SSN-21), Historic Ship Nautilus, and USS Connecticut (SSN-22). His awards include Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Medal, and Arctic Service Medal. He retired from the Navy in 2001. Doug joined VFW Post 4485, Somersworth, NH in 1992. He has served as a Post Adjutant, Judge Advocate, Quartermaster and Senior Vice Commander. He is currently the Adjutant of Westford Post 6539. He has served as District 15 Adjutant and 2017-18 District 15 Commander where he was an All State District and Massachusetts District of the Year, and was the State Patriot Pen Chairman 2017-18. Doug and his wife Kathy reside in Littleton, MA.
Keith joined the VFW in 2005 at Post 6538 in Townsend, Massachusetts, where he is a Gold Legacy Life member. He became eligible for the VFW while serving in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and with Duty in Korea. He has served in elected and appointed positions at Post, District, and Department levels, culminating with his election as Commander of the Department of Massachusetts. He has served on several committees, including the National Legislative Committee.
He is a life member of the VFW National Home, Military Order of the Cooties, American Legion, Forty and Eight, Retired Enlisted Association and 1st Infantry Division Association. Keith continues to serve his nation as a civil servant for the Department of Defense as an Antiterrorism Officer. He and his wife Lisa, make their home in Townsend, Massachusetts. They have three children Alicia, Matthew, and Rebecca and five grandchildren.
Michael Raymond joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school. He served from 1987 – 1997 as a paralegal and recruiter, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) with duty assignments in Germany, Korea (Korea Defense Service Medal) and deployed for the Persian Gulf War in support of Operation Desert Storm (Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal). His awards include the Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, Professional Development Ribbons, Overseas Service Ribbons, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, and numerous other individual, campaign and unit awards. Mike joined VFW Post 10215 in Uijongbu, Korea in 1993, became a Life Member in 1994 and Bronze Legacy Life Member in 2017. He has served as the District 5 Commander where he was an All-American District in 2016-17, Post Quartermaster where he was All-American in 2015-16, State Membership Chairman helping the department reach 100% and All-American in 2017-18, currently serves as the Commander of Needham Post 2498 and the District 5 Quartermaster/Adjutant. Mike became an Assistant State Service Officer in 2015 and continues to serve today as well as on the National Military Service Committee. Mike and his husband Bill reside in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Life Member of the VFW National Home, Military Order of the Cooties, member and past commander of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and AmVets. Mike continues to serve his fellow veterans as the Veterans Agent for the Town of Mansfield.
Past State Commander 2017-18
Eric joined the United States Army in May of 2003 where he served on active duty with the 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, in Fort Stewart, GA. Eric deployed to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III in January 2005- January 2006. During his 4 1/2 years of active service, Eric received numerous awards to include the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Eric is a life member of the Sgt. Joshua Desforges Post 3236 in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Eric has served in numerous position with the VFW including All-State/All American District Commander, All-State/All American Post Quartermaster. State Jr. Vice Commander 2015-16. Eric is married to his lovely wife Melanie and has two children Eric and Kimberly and 6 grandchildren.
The Department of MA will like to welcome Bill LeBeau to the Hqs staff as our newly appointed State Adjutant. Bill LeBeau is the Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 7556 in Rochdale, MA. He earned his eligibility in the VFW during his 8 years in the US Army Reserves as a military police officer in the 344th MP Company. He deployed in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm in November 1990 until it's completion in May 1991. During Desert Storm his unit was assigned to the 503rd MP... Battalion out of Fort Bragg to assist with capturing and transporting POWs. Bill has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, over 30 years of public safety experience, and is a former safety director for a large Massachusetts Trucking Company. Bill has served on the board of directors for Project New Hope, a 501c3 nonprofit helping veterans since 2012, and more recently as Treasurer since 2014. Bill has four children and three grandchildren.
State Jr. Vice Commander
Russell joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating high school. Upon completion of advanced training, he was assigned to Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) where he made three deployments to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze (1984-87). In 1990 he was transferred to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) where he completed two deployments including the Gulf War which earned him the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He completed tours as a Technical Instructor at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Command (NATTC) in Jacksonville, FL. (1994-98), and aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), making an additional two deployments to the Middle East (1998-2001). Additional awards he earned include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (5th award), NATO Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and other campaign medals and Unit awards. He retired from Active Duty as a Chief Petty Officer in 2003. Russell joined the VFW in 2007 and is a Gold Legacy Life Member of Townsend Post 6538. He served as the Post Commander 2012-13, Post Adjutant 2012-Current, District 15 Commander 2015-17, District 15 Adjutant 2012-15 and two years as National Home Chairman. He is also a member of the American Legion. Russell and his wife Karen reside in Townsend, MA and he has two daughters, Ashley and Deanna.
Keith M. Jackson was elected State Commander of the Department of Massachusetts, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on June 9, 2018, at the 98th State Convention in Leominster, MA. Keith served in the U.S. Army from 1982-2005 as a Combat Engineer. He served in numerous leadership and staff positions in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and throughout the United States. After a successful 23 year career as a soldier he retired from the Army.
His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (7th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Korean Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Champaign Medal, Armed Force Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (W/Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (W/Numeral 4), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, NATO Medal (2nd Award), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Sapper Tab, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sergeant Audie Murphy Leadership Medallion, and the De Flury Medal.
National Council Member &
Chief of Staff
Bob joined the Navy Seabees in 1961 and attended boot camp at the Great Lakes recruit training center. Upon completion he was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 10. While stationed in Okinawa as the alert Battalion Bob was sent to Udorn Thailand with 69 other Seabees. They were TAD to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit. This was a show of force in response to the growing threat of the Communist Pathet Lao which was massing at the Thai/Laotian border. Bob earned his eligibility for the VFW by being awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal for this operation.
Bob joined the VFW in 1995. He is a Gold Legacy Life member of Plymouth Post 1822 where he became a three-time All- State Post Commander. He has been a District 12 Commander and has held many Committee Chairmanships for the department. He has held all leadership positions in the Dept. of Mass. VFW culminating in him being elected State Commander in 2014-2015
Bob earned an Associates degree in Civil Engineering, and has been working in the Steel construction industry for 50 years. He was born and raised in Salem, Ma. and resides in Plymouth, Ma. With his wife Ann. They have been married for 44 years and have 4 children, and 4 grandchildren