Leominster, MA, June 8th, 2019 The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Massachusetts, elected its 100th State Commander at its 99th State Convention at the Doubletree in Leominster. Married to my wife, Mary, for 44 years with two grown sons, Adam & Paul; I am 67 years old; a life long resident of Rockland; graduate of U Mass, Dartmouth (GI Bill) with two BA’s (Political Science and Sociology); retired from the Department os State, Passport Services (33 years); avid collector of military shoulder patches and insignia and an amateur military historian. Enlisted in the US Army in 1969, serving in Vietnam 1970/71 @ 2nd Field Force, Artillery; originally trained in communications (coding/decoding/encryption); my last assignment was as the NCOIC of Transportation, at the AFEES Station, Chicago, Il. Joined the Abington VFW Post 5737 in 1974; Life Member in 1996; transferred to my hometown VFW Old Colony Post 1788, Rockland in 2004, went through the chairs; Post Commander 2007-09 & made ‘All State’ & ‘All American’ Post Commander in 2009; served many years as Post VOD Chairman; Gold Legacy Life Member (2016). At the District Level: involved with District 12 since 2006, going through the chairs; serving as the District VOD Chairman for many years; served as District 12 Commander from 2010-2012.
At the State Level: member of the Council of Administration as the District 12 Commander; State VOD Chairman 2011-2013; appointed to the Budget Committee for 2010-2011; appointed to the new Fundraiser Committee in 2013; appointed to the Convention Committee 2013-2014; and the incoming Department Patriots Pen Chairman for 2014-2015; State Surgeon (2016-2017; State Junior Vice Commander (2017-2018); State Senior Vice Commander 2018-2019; and elected State Commander for 2019-2020, the 100th State Commander for the Department of Massachusetts, Veterans of foreign Wars. At the National Level: received an appointment to the 2012 VFW Convention in Reno, Nevada for the General Resolutions Committee; and appointed ‘National Aide-de-Camp’ 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Member of the Military order of the Cootie since 2006; Hospital Chairman for the Grand of Mass and for Pup Tent 14 since 2006; elected the ‘Seam Squirrel’ (Commander) in 2008 to the present. Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 50; Life Member and Past Commander of the USV-VE Post 2; Member and current Sr. Vice Commander of American Legion Post 147; Life Member and Past Commander of Vietnam Veterans of America, Southern Connecticut Chapter 251; and President of the Rockland Allied Veterans Council. Frequent visits to veterans in local nursing homes and the Brockton VA Hospital with my Post, District 12 and the RAVC. I believe that the VFW is the best avenue for helping veterans and their families receive the benefits and assistance that they fought for and deserve. Remember that its not about you and its not about me, its about completing our mission. And that means: ‘Do the Right Thing’! As officers and members of the VFW, we all take oaths to that effect, to do the right thing! Yet we constantly allow outside influences and personal feelings to interfere with our goals. If you want to succeed, remember to: ’Do the Right Thing’!
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.
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”.
Keith M. Jackson 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. 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.
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
State Judge Advocate
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.
Fr. Joseph J. Gallick
National Council Member
James Morrissey joined the Navy after high school and spent a total of 10 years on active duty. His assignments included the USS Macdonough (DDG-39), NAWS Pt. Mugu, and the USS Independence CV-62. He attended aviation ordnance school and F-14 Armament school. Jim earned his VFW eligibility by receiving two Navy Expeditionary Medals and a Southwest Service Medal. He also received two good conduct medals, three Sea Service Ribbons, and two National Defense Service Medals. He is a life member of VFW Post 3264 in Mansfield, MA. Where he has served in various positions including Post Commander 2006-2014 earning all-state Post Commander and all State Quartermaster award. He was an All-American Post Quartermaster in 2017, and served as District Six Commander earning all-state District Commander in 2018-2019. Jim was elected State Surgeon at the Department Convention for 2019-2020. Originally from Marshfield Jim now lives in Wareham with his wife Beth.
Bill joined the US Army Reserves in July 1987 and graduated from the US Military Police School in December of that year and served eight years with the 344th MP CO 1st Plt. Based in Worcester MA. He deployed in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm in November 1990 until it's completion in May 1991 which earned him his VFW eligibility. During Desert Storm his unit was assigned to the 503rd MP Battalion out of Fort Bragg to assist with capturing and transporting POWs. Bill is currently the Commander of VFW Post 7556 in Rochdale, MA. He has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, over 30 years of public safety experience, and is a former safety director for a large Massachusetts Trucking Company. He is a member of the American Legion Post 138 is Spencer MA and has sat on the board of directors for Project New Hope, a 501c3 nonprofit helping veterans since 2012. Bill has four children and four grandchildren
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
jr. Vice Commander
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Jeff Najarian State Commander
Past State Commander
Sr. Vice Commander
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.