Words from the Commander
Hello all my terrific comrades within the Department of Pacific.
I am proud to have instituted two new Posts within DPA in one month period. You may remember that on February 19th we instituted Post 12146 in Banchang Thailand.
On 19th March, we instituted Post 12147 at K-16, Seongnam, Korea. My ritual team consisted of Acting Adjutant Tom Bergam, Acting Chaplain Pat “Doc” Higgins and Sergeant of the Guard Jim Bosch. We were truly honored to have presided over this historic event.
The new Post Commander Casey Roberts accepted the trophy. The ceremonies were enhanced with the presence of special guests Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. Maria Eoff and CSM Henney Hogkins. Additionally 2-2 AHB Battalion Commander Barton Johnke and CSM James Johnson. Colonel Eoff addressed the new Post and delivered some inspiring comments. Congratulations to both our new Posts.
We have improved significantly in our recruiting and new membership. However, we still have quite a few more new or reinstated members to attain. Remember how important this is to VFW’s ability to influence Congress and other organizations, so we can better support our Veterans, families, widows, orphans as well as our valiant active duty.
It is so important that we all recruit, recruit, recruit.
Speaking of recruiting, Congratulations to Post 9555, Yokota Japan for having reached 100%. Also, Congratulations to District 7, Philippines for achieving the 100% goal. Special Congratulations to District 2 Japan for having all Posts within the District attain and exceed 100%. The key now is to keep recruiting and not stop, as it is so important to our Vets. Keep up the terrific work you all are accomplishing.
Some have truly excelled in recruiting and all have a good chance to hit the century recruiter status. As of April 2nd, we now have our first Century Recruiter. Yes, Gasper Delise has just hit 113.Great job, as always, Gasper. Keep on driving!
Others moving toward that Century mark include Larry Lyons with 66, Cliff Wilsey with 61 and David Wykes at 50. Keep up the solid and excellent work, guys. Several others are knocking on the door.
Well, April 30th is approaching and All State and All America consideration possibilities are nearing. Post and District Commanders, be sure to make sure that you have completed all the Dept. goals. Recommend you use the checklists that have been provided in the last two editions of the Typhoon and ensure that the responsible DPA Committee Chairman know of your completion of the goals.
We are having an exceptional year- keep it going,
“Fight for our Vets!”