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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Jul 16 2017

Virginia District 10 Achieves Coveted “All American” Status

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is pleased to announce that the Department of Virginia,  District 10, VFW Post 1177 Leesburg, VFW Post 1503 Dale City, and VFW Post 7916 Occoquan have achieved national recognition as “All American” for 2016-17!

During this period, the Commanders were:

Virginia Department:       Tom Gimble

Virginia District 10:          Robert Dugas

VFW Post 1177:              Ray Delpesche

VFW Post 1503:              Tim Brown

VFW Post  7916              Chuck Wilson

Gimble, is one of only 13 state commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander.

Dugas, the outgoing commander of VFW District 10 in the state of Virginia, is one of only 64 VFW District commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American District Commander.

Of the 6, 500 VFW Posts worldwide, Delpesche, Brown, and Wilson, are three of 279 to earn the title of “All American” Post Commander. That’s the top .04% of all Posts worldwide!!

To achieve this honor, VFW Commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.

VFW Post 7916 held a brief celebration of their achievement.  Pictured above are (l-r) Quartermaster Jim Adams Senior Vice Turk Maggi, incoming Post Commander Jeff Lett, incoming District Commander Chuck Wilson, Delegate Rich Anderson, outgoing State Commander Tom Gimble.  

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in almost 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.  

 

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May 31 2017

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HELD AT QNC

DISTRICT 10 in Lead Role

 

May 29, 2017, Quantico National Cemetery (QNC), VA. A Memorial Day Ceremony was held with an estimated 1,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests who came to remember those who have fallen, fighting for our nation,… the ones who gave all, and those who are still unaccounted for.

Four-Star Admiral John Harvey, USN Ret, said, “We must remember our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines, who sacrificed and gave their lives for us to be free.” John Harvey is the Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth.  In his remarks, Secretary Harvey described the history of this special day going back to General Logan’s General Order #11 of May 5, 1868, which states, “The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land… It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.”  This day was then named “Decoration Day,” and, in later times, it became known as “Memorial Day” and celebrated the last Monday in May. 

 

The Chairman of Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), CHUCK WILSON was the Master of Ceremonies whose opening remarks set the stage for this solemn ceremony. Wilson is a retired Air Force Colonel who is the Commander Virginia VFW District 10 that includes five counties in Northern Virginia. He was also the past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 in Occoquan.  

 

Colonel Joseph Murray, Commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico, gave welcoming remarks. 

PRVC Vice Chairman Randal Coker announced The Avenue of Honors,” that honors veterans who have been called from our midst and donated by family members of those fallen.”  VC Coker is also the Senior Vice CDR of District 10 and former Commander of Post 1503 Dale City. 

Colonel Frank Harris, USMC (Ret) provided “A Toast to the Flag.”

The “21-Gun Salute” was provided by the Marine Corps Rifle Team.

 

US Marine Corps Band played The National Anthem, the Medley of Service Hymns, and patriotic music throughout the ceremony.

A USMC Bugler plays “Taps.”

 

Boy Scout Troop 1369, one of four Scout organizations chartered by VFW Post 7916, assisted in setting up over 1,000 chairs for this Memorial Day ceremony.

Quantico National Cemetery has hosted this event since 1983. The US Marine Corps Base at Quantico has supported this event since its beginning at Quantico National Cemetery in 1983.  This year, the wet weather left water soaked fields and the ceremony had to be moved to a smaller, but dry, location.

Both Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies are is sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) that represents 26 Veteran Service Organizations and an estimated 15,000 veterans in Northern Virginia.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 is a charter member.

Pictures taken by VFW Life Member Mary Ellen Radloff

 

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May 11 2017

District 10 Convention and Officer Installation 2017

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May 11 2017

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State Commander Tom Gimble addressing District 10

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May 11 2017

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Teacher of the Year for District 10

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May 11 2017

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Teacher of the Year for District 10

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May 11 2017

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Teacher of the year, for District 10

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May 11 2017

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All State Post – McLean

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May 11 2017

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All State Post – Fairfax

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