Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Massachusetts
24 Beacon Street Room 546-1 State House
Boston, MA 02133
Joseph Stavolta Sr.
PAST State Commander
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
Department of Massachusetts Leadership Team 2016-2017
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.
National Council Member
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
State Judge Advocate
State Sr. Vice Commander
In 2003, Eric joined the United States Army 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 year 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 4 grandchildren.
Retired Army Staff Sergeant Brian Willette was born and raised in Springfield, MA and is a 1983 Graduate of Classical High School. After high school, Brian enlisted in the US Army and completed Basic Infantry Training and then Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA and then 3rd Armored Division in Germany. Upon his return home from Germany, Brian joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard and served in various assignments including the 104th Infantry Regiment. Just days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 Brian deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge, a NATO Peacekeeping Mission as a member of the 29th Infantry Division. In 2010, Brian deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On September 13, 2010, the vehicle which he was commanding was struck by a large roadside bomb in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. He and his crew members sustained various injuries. Brian was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and Army Combat Action Badge. Additional Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals and the Army Parachute Badge. He is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, AMVETS and the Disabled American Veterans. Brian is an active volunteer member of the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery Honor Guard Firing Detail.
Michael Devin was born in Boston, MA and raised in Milton, MA. He is the son of aMilton Detective, a registered nurse, and brother to a doctor and Milton teacher. He graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from Villanova University. Upon graduation from Boston University, he commissioned in the Marine Corps and became an Infantry Officer. He has served as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, Commander of a Police Advising Team in Afghanistan, and as the Officer in Charge of a Theater Security Cooperation Detachment advising foreign militaries on combatting transnational criminal networks. He currently serves as the Company Commander for Headquarters and Services Company at 2nd Battalion 25th Marines. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. As a Reserve Officer, he has a diverse background of employment in the military, private sector, non-profit sector, and state government. He is a life member of SSG Robert R. Pirelli Post 12158 and is currently appointed as the State Adjutant.
Served in the US Navy 1961-63
Berlin Crisis 1961-62
Post 2346 Commander 1982-83
Post 2346 Quartermaster 2012-Present
District 10 Commander 1985-86
State Commander 1994-95
State Quartermaster 1997-Present (CFO)
Married 50 years to Patricia King
Two daughters Michelle (Paul) and Colleen (Kevin)
Four grandchildren, Christopher, Megan, Colin and Justin
State Jr. 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.