Dec 12 2017

District 10 Holds December Meeting of VFW Posts


This is a quick summary of the District 10 event held at VFW Post 3150, Arlington, Virginia.  More detail will be published with the Minutes of the meeting.

December 10, 2017. Virginia VFW District 10 held its quarterly assembly for all of its Posts in Northern Virginia at Post 3150 in Arlington, VA. Past State Commander Tom Gimble, State Senior Vice Ken Wiseman, and State Junior Vice Rick Raskin, were in attendance. Standing in for Post Commander Walter Sweeny, Chaplain Beatty welcomed all to the Arlington Post. District Commander Chuck Wilson presided with a review of all the action areas of District 10.

Past District Commander Bob Dugas reported that judging for Teacher of the Year is Monday Dec 11 at 7:00 pm Post 1503.

Senior Vice Randy Coker provided and overview of our membership and Voice of Democracy. Membership wise District 10 being at over 93%. Compared to last year this time District 10 is about 175 members ahead.
SVC Coker also reported Voice of Democracy judging is set for Monday Dec 11 at Post 1503.

Junior Vice Mike Delvechio reported that the Patriots Pen Winners are:
1st: Anya Ambarish from Post 1177
2nd: Suraya Suleman from Post 7327
3rd: Bridget Rothwell from Post 3150

JVC Delvechio also reported that Posts 1177, 7916, and 8469 have submitted YOUTH ACTIVITIES reports.

District Quartermaster Sterling Moninghoff provided a report of the District receipts and expenditures. A motion was made to increase the amount in the budget to paying the MAP Fund for both Department and National. Motion approved. For amounts see District minutes.

Adjutant Tom Levitt provided an AMERICANISM report that had District 10 Posts participated in the Veterans Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery and the POW MIA Ceremony at Occoquan’s River Mill Park. ADJ Levitt also reported that:
Posts 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have reported on AMERICANISM, and
Posts 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have provided SAFETY reports

Service Officer Mike Niblack addressed veterans in distress, and, Humana information suggests that no more auto enrollment for Tricare.  NOTE: Comrade Joe Byrne, Post 7327 CDR and District 10 Chaplain, recently had surgery and is have a difficult time in recovery.  He is in our thoughts today.   

Also reported that 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have COMMUNITY SERVICE reports submitted.
District Inspector Ken Wisman reported that although the District inspections are completed, Posts 1177 and 8469 have been “radio silent” on discrepancies… and called for action by the District Commander. (FYI District CDR has visited both posts and received verbal commitments for the Post commanders…more to follow).

Surgeon was excused from meeting. District CDR provided HOSPITAL REPORT that stated Posts 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have their reports in with Post 1503 to be filed that day.

Scouting Committee Chairman Bob Fenlason informed the district that the Scout of the Year program will be underway with the results to be announced.

Hospitality Committee Chairman Jeff Lett reported that Post 3150 and 7916 have the plans under way for the District 10 Hospitality Suite at the Winter Council in January.

District 10 Post Reports. Each District 10 post reported on their membership, Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth Activities, and Hospital events/activities they participated with.

KUDOS to Posts 1177, 7916, and 8469 for reporting in all categories!  Also see the three Post performance tables below.

609 Alexandria –               Reports- missing Safety and Youth

1177 Loudon –                  Reports- all categories reported

1503 Dale City –                Reports- Hospital?

3150 Arlington –                Reports missing-  Youth Activities

5412 Burke –                     Reports missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital 

7327 Springfield –             Reports- missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital

7916 Woodbridge–            Reports- all categories reported
8241 McLean –                 Reports- missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital **ABSENT

8469 Fairfax –                   Reports- all categories reported


9274 Falls Church –          Reports-missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital

District 10 Post Performance as of December 10

District 10 Post Reporting as of December 10




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Nov 25 2017

Home Depot Leads Leesburg VFW Post Overhaul

Home Depot Leads Leesburg VFW Post Overhaul

-Loudon Now

Team Depot workers at VFW Post

From Loudon Now

Leesburg’s 67-year-old VFW Post 1177 got a much-needed facelift today.

More than 20 volunteers from Team Depot, Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the project, which was made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation. Volunteers updated the outside drainage system, planted shrubs, and installed new ceiling fans, lighting, floors and drywall.

“It was in sad need of updating,” said Stephen Hood, a seven-year member of the post and an Air Force intelligence specialist in the Vietnam War. “Just looking at the post inside, it cried out for help.”

Hood said the work was expected to be done by today, but could run through the weekend. Final work on the interior will be done in two weeks.

The renovations come as the Home Depot Foundation continues its mission to donate $250 million to veteran-related causes by 2020. It has already invested about $213 million in similar projects and helped renovate more than 35,000 veteran homes.

While the post’s building was constructed in 1950, the Leesburg post has been around since 1937. It celebrated its 80th anniversary last month.…/11/16/leesburgs-vfw-post-overhauled/

VFW Post 1177 awarded $20K grant 

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Nov 13 2017

US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

….Virginia District 10 in Lead Role



US Air Force Photo

Nov. 11, 2017, Quantico National Cemetery, VA.  General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, honored our veterans with his keynote speech at the National Veterans Day Ceremony held here each year since 1983.  An estimated 1,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests came to commemorate National Veterans Day, at the Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery this year.  The Parade of Colors featured the US Marine Corps Color Guard, and Color Guards from 20 Veterans Service Organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Quantico Marine Base led the “Parade of Colors”

With the venerable Sojourners in front, Color Guards from as many as 20 Veteran Service Organizations such as the American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars, including Dale City Post 1503 and Woodbridge Post 7916, marched in the Parade of Colors.



The reviewing party, led by General David Goldfein, salute the Colors as they parade by the reviewing stand. 

Colonel Frank Harris, USMC Ret., provides the memorable “Toast to the Flag.”


General David Goldfein, USAF Chief of Staff, was a riveting keynote speaker.  Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day with the commemoration of the armistice which ended World War I, on “the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918. From AFNS Report:

“Our nation is rich with heritage and tradition, and few surpass that of honoring our veterans, both alive and passed,” said Goldfein. “This is one of our greatest traditions; and, as one of many veterans in my family, I am honored to be here.” 

“We are woven by the good, the bad and the ugly times experienced together. For some it is the uncommon valor, for others it is the quiet peace,” said Goldfein. “Our Veterans have a love for this great nation and the sacred duty of protecting it. These are the most humble men and women who are just doing their job.”

“Today, we celebrate a single mark on the calendar—one of many—but this mark celebrates the noble acts of a noble group,” said Goldfein. “I’m reminded each day that it’s a privilege and honor to serve our country, and I am inspired by a distinguished population who so proudly came before…and those who so selflessly followed.”  

This ceremony is held to honor all of America’s veterans past and present.

The Chairman, Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), and Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars District 10, Chuck Wilson, Colonel, USAF (Ret), was the Master of Ceremonies. Wilson said, “for generations, the men and women of America’s Armed Forces have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self … patriots who serve for the greater good … who don’t seek glory or recognition or personal gain.  And today, we honor them.  Today is Veterans’ Day.” 


PRVC Vice Chairman Randy Coker, led the “Avenue of Honor Recognition” which displays over 500 US Flags that have been donated to honor our veterans who have passed from our midst.  Coker is the past Commander of VFW Post 1503 and currently Senior Vice Commander of VFW District 10, Virginia’s largest District covering much of Northern Virginia. 


The Veterans Day Ceremonial Wreath Laying was carried out by General Goldfein, Colonel Boucher, USMC Quantico Chief of Staff, and Sergeant at Arms Hess near the reviewing stand.   

US Air Force Photo 

As the Wreath is put in place, General Goldfein, along with Asst Cemetery Director Morris, Colonel Boucher USMC, and Sergeant-At-Arms Hess salute during the US Marine Rifle Team “21 Gun Salute,” followed by “Taps” played by a duo of buglers. 


The Quantico Marine Corps Band played rounds of Service Melodies and music resounding with Americanism all through the ceremony. 

US Air Force Photo

Ninety-three year old Colonel Eugene Deatrick, USAF Ret., meets with the Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein.  General Goldfein has Tweeted, “Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken to legendary aviator and Air Force Veteran Colonel Eugene Deatrick today at a Veterans Day Ceremony.  I am proud to be a part of a long blue line that this hero helped shape.”  Twitter:

Colonel Deatrick , West Point Class of 1946, was responsible for the rescue of American POW Navy Lieutenant Dieter Dangler during the Vietnam War.  Colonel Deatrick is a Life member of VFW Post 7916.  

Gen David Goldfein, himself an Eagle Scout, is seen here with Boy Scout Troop 1369, chartered through VFW Post 7916.  Troop 1369 was responsible for the setting up of almost 1,000 chairs for the ceremony.  


US Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and PRVC Chairman, and VFW District 10 Commander, Chuck Wilson.


Sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) partnering with Marine Base Quantico and Quantico National Cemetery, A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th.  This ceremony has been held at Quantico National Cemetery since 1983. The Potomac Region Veterans Council represents 26 Veterans Service Organizations, and an estimated 15,000 veterans across Northern Virginia.



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Oct 29 2017

Puller Veterans Care Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

(left to right) Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Commander Mike Boehme, The Post 1503 Color Guard,
District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin

Oct 26, 2017, Vint Hill VA. Just a few decades ago, Vint Hill Farms was home to thousands of military people and their families. Today, a 30-acre section of the property is taking on a new life as a future home for Virginia’s veterans.

The new facility, slated to open in 2019-20 timeframe, is on a 30-acre site that was home to an Army intelligence-gathering station until it closed in 1997. The $48-million Veterans Care Center is named after the Puller family, which has deep roots in the Northern Virginia area, including famed U.S. Marine Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller; his wife, retired state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller; and his son, Marine Lt. Lewis Puller, Jr



Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a host of other elected leaders picked up their shovels on this day to break ground on the Puller Veterans Care Center, formally kicking off construction on a 128-bed facility for recovering veterans at the intersection of Vint Hill Road and Vint Hill Parkway in Warrenton..






Del. Rich Anderson, R-51st District, Life Member of the VFW, and a vocal backer of veterans issues, said he teamed up with Del. Kirk Cox, R-66th District, to sponsor legislation to allocate funding for the centers. Meanwhile, Toddy Puller herself, then a Democratic senator for the 36th District, introduced a companion bill.

Anderson said he originally tried to bring the Northern Virginia facility to a site near Manassas, and even got Prince William County to agree to hand over some land for the project, but the Fauquier location proved to be a much more palatable one.  “This is so much more centrally located,” Anderson said. “And there’s ample room for expansion. We should be able to double this to 240 beds or so over the years.”

It also helped that a local developer and economic development authority were able to donate some land for the facility, which is located in a rapidly growing section of Fauquier County just off Va. 29. Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District, and Life Member of the VFW, pointed out that the center will bring about 150 “good, solid, well-paying jobs” to his district, and many of those workers could soon settle in the area. “As Vint Hill develops, they can live, work and shop all through this area,” Lingamfelter said. “It’s just the perfect setting…and it shows that Virginia is not going to leave its veterans behind.


The ceremony was well attended by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW Post 1503 Color Guard performed the “Posting of the Colors.” State Commander Mike Boehme, District 10 Commander CHUCK WILSON, Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin,, and a multitude of Virginia VFW members were in attendance.

Vint Hill Farms Station was established during World War II in 1942 by the Army’s Signals Intelligence Service (SIS). After the war, VHFS became the first field station of the Army Security Agency, a subordinate to the NSA,[8] and the facility conducted signals intelligence operations and served as a training center for radio-intercept operators, cryptanalysts, and radio-repair technicians.[3] During the Cold War, VHFS intercepted key Soviet diplomatic and military communications sent over FISH teleprinter. More on Vint Hill click on this link: VINT HILL HISTORY


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Oct 15 2017

Virginia VFW Council of Administration Meets

Saturday October 14, 2017. The Virginia Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) held its Council of Administration at its headquarters in Staunton, VA. The Council is presided over by the Department Commander Mike Boehme, and is made up of the 13 District Commanders representing 135 Posts, Department officers, and staff.

At this Council of Administration, a wide variety of veterans’ issues were reviewed and discussed, from VFW Post performance that includes their work with Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, Safety, to Hospital service/support. These are the mission areas that each of the Posts perform and report on.

Other areas included the VFW Post inspection program, where each post is inspected annually for compliance with the VFW By-Laws and Manual of Procedure; participation in Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, and National Citizenship Education Teacher’s Awards; and Buddy Poppy and National Military Services Programs.

Membership and recruiting was also a prime topic in as VFW membership not only enables the conduct of the VFW mission, but it represents a sizeable constituency that is recognized by the US Congress. That constituency enables the VFW to push through many legislative issues that directly help our veterans! The Department, Districts, and each Post are responsible for recruiting eligible members that make up the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is the membership that enables VFW Success!


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Oct 01 2017

VFW Virginia a Hit at “The Nation’s Gun Show”

Chuck Wilson, “Turk” Maggi, Tom Troy, and Ken Strafer in the VFW Booth

September 29-October 1, 2017, Chantilly, VA. Situated in Chantilly, VA, Dulles Expo & Conference Center is Northern Virginia and Metropolitan Washington DC’s premier exhibition facility for consumer shows and trade events. Held at the Dulles Expo, The Nation’s Gun Show is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest, and ethical gun shows in the United States and draws thousands of people from Northern Virginia, many of which are veterans.

Both Virginia VFW District 8, and District 10, manned the VFW booth at “The Nation’s Gun Show,” at the Dulles Expo Center. Seen above are Chuck Wilson, District 10 Commander; “Turk” Maggi, past Occoquan Post 7916 Senior Vice Commander; Tom Troy, Burke Post 5412; and Ken Strafer, Senior Vice Commander Occoquan Post 7916.

As the multitudes descended upon the Expo Center, many passed by, and stopped, at the VFW Booth.  By 4:00PM Sunday, we had 29 applicants including a few transfers!

Participating Posts were from Leesburg-1177, Dale City-1503, Arlington-3150, Burke-5412, Occoquan-7916, and also from Manassas-7589, and Manassas Park-1811.  



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Sep 17 2017

VFW Post 1503 Celebrates the Air Force 70th Birthday

 VFW Post 1503 Celebrates the Air Force 70th Birthday


September 16, 2017, Dale City, Virginia. The 70th Anniversary of the United States Air force is September 18, 2017. In order to accommodate the membership, VFW Post 1503 got a head start and celebrated the Air Force Birthday on Saturday, two days before.


Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown provided welcoming remarks with the Post 1503 Chaplain, Ed Bennett, and also Air Force Veteran, gave introductory remarks. 

The keynote speaker was the Commander of Virginia’s District 10, Chuck Wilson, who is a retired Air Force Colonel and a rated AF Command Pilot.

District Commander Wilson’s  remarks included how the Air Force as we know it today evolved from what was the Air Service of the US Army Signal Corps. He then described in detail, Gen Billy Mitchell of WWI, who many regard as the “Father of the Air Force.” It was Billy Mitchell, whose outspoken advocacy of airpower as key to winning the next war, and as a separate service, cost him his career in 1925.  The Spad XVI that Gen Mitchell flew during WWI is on display at the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles which is near Washington DC.




In all over forty members and Auxiliary, young and old, attended from District 10. Following the brief, lunch was provided.








Seen here with the District Commander is 89 year old retired Air Force MSgt Robert Goad. MSgt Goad retired from the Air Force in 1970.









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Sep 17 2017

District 10’s VFW Post 7916 conducts POW MIA Ceremony





September 15, 2017, Occoquan VA. A special ceremony was held on National POW MIA Recognition Day where people from all over the region gathered together to sing the National Anthem, pledge Allegiance to our flag and pray during the POW/MIA Memorial Ceremony at River Mill Park.

Post Commander Jeff Lett provided welcoming remarks and said, “This year we pay special honors to our veterans of the Vietnam war and especially honor Air Force Captain John William Kennedy, a post member and VMI graduate, lost to us on 21 August 1971, in Southeast Asia.”  The ceremony took place under a slate gray sky and along the still water of the Occoquan River.

The keynote address was provided by the Commander of Virginia District 10, Colonel Chuck Wilson, USAF (Ret) who said, “Today there are 83,000 Americans listed as missing and unaccounted-for from our nation’s wars going back to the beginning of World War II. That’s 83,000 military and civilian men and women … mothers and fathers … brothers and sisters … and sons and daughters… Today, our nation reaffirms its resolve to achieve the fullest possible accounting of those who are missing.”

POW MIA Table of Honor on Display

                                                    Navy Veteran J.R. Arthur, from Fredericksburg, wears the most colorful and distinctive Scottish Dress uniform, and carrying bag pipes, played Service melodies, and also played the solemn hymn, “Taps.”

Post 7916’s own Boy Scout Troop 1369 led by Post 7916 Life Member Steve Sabia provided flawless logistical support. As the Grand Finale, the scouts launched red, white, blue, silver and black star helium filled balloons in honor of our Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force & Coast Guard Heroes.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 conducted the ceremony and was attended by US Congressional Candidate Jeffery Dove, Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson, Occoquan Mayor Elizabeth Quist, and Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson.



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Sep 07 2017

Town of Occoquan Recognizes VFW Post 7916 in Achieving 2016-17 “All American Post”

Mayor Quist, Vice Mayor Sivigny, Post Commander Lett

September 5, 2017, Town Hall, Occoquan, VA.  At the September Town Meeting Tuesday evening, The historic town of Occoquan Virginia, recognized Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 for its Community Service and Americanism activities and programs that led up to achieving “All American” Post for 2016-2017.   

VFW Post 7916 far exceeded the standards for Americanism and leading patriotic events, Community Service and Programs, Youth Activities and Programs, Safety Programs, Hospital service programs, Post Administration, Finance, By-Laws, and regulations, and membership Programs; and made positive contribution that VFW Post 7916 to not only the Occoquan Community, but also to the veterans and their families within the region. Before a well attended Town Hall, with an estimated 90 people present, including District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, The Occoquan Town Council put forth a resolution with the specifics to be voted on:  “I move to adopt a resolution of congratulations and appreciation to VFW Post 7916 for achieving the designation and All American Post, and authorize the Mayor to sign.”

 Mayor Elizabeth Quist read, and then presented, the formal Resolution to Post Commander Jeff Lett who accepted on behalf of the Post 7916 membership. 


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Aug 14 2017

VFW Virginia District 10 Holds School of Instruction at Post 7916

VFW Virginia District 10 Holds School of Instruction at Post 7916    As we were briefed at the June Department Convention, and the District 10 planning meeting, this year the Department of Virginia is doing Schools of Instruction differently –there won’t be one or two centralized schools as in the past. This year the Department is taking the SOI to the Districts. This process will allow the Department to train many more comrades than ever before, and provide participating Posts with valuable information that can lead to achieving “All State” and “All American.” 

Jeff Lett, Post 7916 Commander welcomed all to Post 7916 in Occoquan and introduced the District 10 Commander. 










Chuck Wilson, Commander of District 10, provided the latest District 10 information, guidance, and introductory remarks for all those in attendance from the District.








Department Officers Eric Mallet, and Butch Schupska, traveled to Post 7916, located in the Town of Occoquan and provided series of briefings containing valuable VFW information for the District 10 Posts.  These briefings included: Duties and Responsibilities of Post Commanders, Duties of Post Quartermasters, Parliamentary Law and Procedure, National and Department By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of Club Rooms, Program Reporting, Membership Programs, and Post Inspections.  


Now is the time for District 10, and its Posts, to make a commitment to become All-State and All-American. Get your members to buy-in early and make it a team effort. The requirements for each can be found in the Department Membership-Awards Program and the VFW National Membership Program

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