Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Massachusetts
24 Beacon Street Room 546-1 State House
Boston, MA 02133
Christine Tron began her U.S. Army career as a Private/E1 in 1977 and rose through the ranks to retire as a First Sergeant/E8 in 2008. Significant accomplishments include successfully guiding her 356th Military Intelligence Company immediately after the 9/11 tragedy as the fulltime Unit 1SG, and mobilization in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm where she was in charge of Iraqi Enemy Prisoners of War at the Joint Interrogation Facility-West, detached to A CO/202nd MI BN along the Saudi Arabia/Iraq border. Military Occupational Specialties awarded are Counterintelligence Agent, Interrogator (Polish Language), and Voice Intercept Operator (Polish Language). She had earned linguist proficiencies in Polish, Czech, and Russian Languages. Christine’s U.S. Decorations and Medals are as follows: Meritorious Service (1st OLC), Army Commendation (1st OLC), Army Achievement (3rd OLC), Good Conduct (6th Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement, National Defense, Southwest Asia, Global War on Terrorism, Armed Forces Reserve, Kuwait Liberation (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation (Kuwait), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/ “3” device), Army Service Ribbon, and Army Reserves Components Overseas Training.
Christine has held many positions to include State Photographer, District Commander and Post Commander;
Christine’s personal motto is “Veterans Helping Veterans”. She is a Gold Legacy Life Member and National Home for Children Life Member.
Past State Commander
Brian Martin served as State Commander from June 2016- June 2017
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 2017-2018
State Jr. 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.
Chief of Staff
George Murray served in the United States Army from 1963-1969. During which time he deployed to Vietnam 1965-1966 as an Infantry Mechanic . George joined VFW Post 864 while he was still serving in Vietnam. He has held many elected and appointed State Office's and many Chairman positions. George served as Past District 2 Commander and after redistricting he was Elected as District 1 Commander. George went on to serve as State Commander in 2010-2011
He is a Life Member of Boston Police Post 1018 and in the National Council Member to Massachusetts
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 Judge Advocate
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.
State Sr. Vice Commander
Keith entered the US Army in July 1982. He served in a various Engineer leadership and staff positions. After a successful 23 year career as a soldier and leader he retired from the Army in 2005. Keith deployed with the 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. earning the Bronze Star. Keith became eligible in the VFW while serving in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and with Duty in Korea and joined the VFW in 2005. He is a Gold Legacy Life Member of Townsend Post 6538. He has served on numerous positions and district committees including Post Commander 2010-12, District 15 Commander 2012-14. State Surgeon, State Judge Advocate, Voice of Democracy Chairman and Loyalty Day Chairman. Keith was appointed as the National Legislative Committee Member, National Special Aide-de-Camp 2014 & 2015. Keith is married to his lovely wife Lisa and have three children Alicia, Matthew, Rebecca and three grandchildren.
National Council Member
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