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DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Greg Stafford
Post: 6060
Navy
Commander
Greg Stafford served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 2005 retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. He has a BS in History with a Minor in Secondary Education from ECSU in Elizabeth City, N.C. He has served in various leadership positions in the VFW. Post Commander 20011-14, District Commander 2011-15, Long Range Planning Committee 2013-15 and as the Chairman of the Financial Committee for the Department of North Carolina, Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2014/2015. Mr. Stafford is currently the Senior Vice Commander for the Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars. 
   
   
 
Allen Payne
Post: 2031
Army
Sr. Vice Commander
Allen Payne served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1970-1971, assigned to the 4th Infantry, Pleiku South Viet-Nam.  After completing his tour, he returned to his home town of Statesville, North Carolina where he currently resides.  He has been a member of the VFW since his discharge, serving in various positions for his home post 2031.  He was an All-Americn Post Commander in 1987 and again in 1991. He was also National Aid-De-Camp in 1991.  He served as 14th District Commander in 1988 and again from 2012-2016.  Mr Payne served as Surgeon for the Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars before his election to the office of Jr. Vice Commander.   
   
   
 
Craig Armstrong
Post: 5631
Marines
Jr. Vice Commander

Craig Armstrong served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. He has an Associate’s Degree in Basic Law Enforcement Training from Central Carolina Community College and an Advance Law Enforcement Certificate from North Carolina Training and Standards. Craig has been in law enforcement for over 22 years and is currently a Captain assigned to Criminal Investigations within the Aberdeen Police Department. He is a life time member of Stanley McLeod Post 5631 in Sanford NC. Craig is the past Post House Committee Chairman and has also been the Post Commander from 2014 to present. He also is the District 9 Commander since 2015. Craig is on the Department Long Range Planning Committee and the Department By-Laws Committee. He is married to Tracy Armstrong.

   
   
 
 
 

DISTRICT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Carl Reiber
Post: 10950
cdrdist1@vfwnc.com
District 1 Commander

   
   
 
Ernest Harrell
Post: 9959
Army
cdrdist2@vfwmc.com
District 2 Commander
District 2 Commander and life member Ernest "Ray” Harrell: US Army SGT. E-5, Vietnam 1970 – 1971. Post positions: Jr. Vice CDMR., Sr. Vice CDMR., Post CDMR. 2011-Present. District positions: Trustee, Sr. Vice CDMR., District CDMR. 2015 – present. Current member of Dept. long range planning committee. Married to Dist. 2 President Alice Harrell. 1 (step) Daughter and 1 granddaughter. Enjoys scuba diving, antique-hunting, and helping Veterans.
   
   
 
Walter Pridgen
Post: 2057
cdrdist3@vfwnc.com
District 3 Commander

   
   
 
Thomas Toler
Post: 11119
Army
cdrdist4@vfwnc.com
District 4 Commander
Thomas E. "Tom" Toler.  Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer Two, Automated Logistical Systems.  Served two tours in Vietnam and served in Desert Storm.  BS Degree in Management of Human Resources.  Civil Service Jobs:  University ROTC Program, Postal Service, FEMA (during 9-11), and retiring as a Federal Customs Materials Officer.  Worked five years as a County Veterans Service Officer.  Now dedicated 100% to assisting veterans of the VFW.  Post positions:  Service Officer, 2010-pres; Adjutant, 2011-2012; Commander 2012-pres.  District positions: Dist. Service Officer, 2010-pres, Dist. JR-Vice, 2011-2012, Dist. Cdr, 2012-pres. 
   
   
 
Bill Hertline
Post: 7288
Navy
cdrdist5@vfwnc.com
District 5 Commander
Bill joined the Navy in 1964 and in 1965 was stationed on USS Guadalcanal LPH7, which was the recovery ship for Gemni 10.  After 6 years service he separated as a 2nd Class Machinest Mate and  retired with 25 years as a police detective with the Pennsauken Police Department in NJ.  He has been a VFW life member since 1967.  Moved to NC in 2004, transferred to  Calabash Post 7288 and served as Jr. Vice, Sr. Vice and Commander.  He was elected to the office of House Committee Chairman which he still holds and has been appointed to the State Color Guard of which he is currently Captain.   Bill was appointed Chief of Staff 2014-15 and has held all offices in District 5 and currently serves as District Commander.  He has been married for 49 years with 2 children and 4 grand children.   
   
   
 
Joe Caradonna
Post: 10607
Navy
cdrdist6@vfwnc.com
District 6 Commander
Joe Caradonna served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman 3rd class from 1968-1970 and served on the USS Midway from 1970-1972 with two tours of duty in Vietnam. Joe’s been a member of the VFW since 1984 and has also served as the Post Commander of Burlington Post 10607 from 2014-2016 and they were All-American/All-State both years. Joe is also the owner of J&K Screen-print Company and enjoys Golf and Classic/Muscle cars.
   
   
 
Gary Szafarski
Post: 6722
Army
cdrdist7@vfwnc.com
District 7 Commander
Gary Szafarski joined the Army in 1984 as an Intelligence Specialist and served over 20 years of active duty service, retiring as A Chief Warrant Officer in 2004.  A Veteran of Operation Joint Guard (Bosnia), Republic of Korea, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gary continues to serve his country as a Civilian Intelligence Officer.  In his current position as Chief, Counterintelligence (CI)/Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Integration Team, Gary ensures that US Army Forces Command supports the training and readiness of all CI and HUMINT Soldiers throughout the command.  Additionally, he oversees Intelligence support to Force Protection.  In November 2016, Gary received the 2015 DOD HUMINT Operations Support Award.  Gary holds a Bachelor's Degree "with Honors" in Marketing from American Military University (AMU) and a Master's Degree in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) from AMU.  Gary is a life time member of Ernest Simmons Post 6722 in Lillington, NC and has also been the Post Commander from 2015 to present.  He serves as the District 7 Commander and is married to the Auxiliary District 7 President, Tina Szafarski.
   
   
 
Edward Beard
Post: 6018
Army
cdrdist8@vfwnc.com
District 8 Commander
Edward Beard served in the US Army from 1980 to 2003 and was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia where he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  Edward joined VFW Post 6018 in 2007 and held numerous positions and was Post Commander from 2013 to 2015.  He received All State and All American Honors in 2014/2015.  During his time as commander he also received numerous community awards and citations.  Edward was honored to serve as the Grand Marshall for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Fayetteville in 2015.  He was also National Aid-De-Camp in 2016 and currently serves on the PAO Leader Team representing the Central Conference.  Edward is currently employed with the US Government as a Quality Surveillance Technician at Fort Bragg, NC.  He is a member of several other Veterans' organizations and is the drummer for his church choir.  Edward has been married to his lovely wife Barbara for 36 years and has one son Rashad his wife Shanita and two beautiful granddaughters Aylssa and Alaina.
   
   
 
Thomas Wasileski
Post: 7313
Army
cdrdist9@vfwnc.com
District 9 Commader
Doc Ski retired in 1985 as a US Army Special Forces Team Sergeant after serving in various Southeast Asian and Central American nations with MACV, and the 5th, 1st and 7th Special Forces Groups.  During his "stateside" assignments he served as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Bragg, a Patrolling Instructor at Camp McCall, and as a Military Freefall instructor with the US Army Institute at Fort Bragg. He has been a Life Member of the VFW since 1998 and has served as the Post Service Officer for Stanley McLeod VFW Post 5631, Post Commander for Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 and the Commander of NC VFW District 9.
Doc Ski used his GI Bill benefits to earn a Masters and a PhD and became a Research Scientist and Director of "Project Agent Orange", a program to support and assist children and families of Vietnam Veterans; while also serving as a Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at UNCCH and NC Central University.  He currently lives in the woods of North Chatham County with his charming wife Katie where he teaches Spanish for Central Carolina Community College and tutors English as A foreign language.  His need for adventure is currently satisfied by his frequent travel around the Old North State on his motorcycle, and with the many challenges of leadership offered by the VFW.
 
   
   
 
Marvin Morgan
Post: 2087
cdrdist10@vfwnc.com
District 10 Commander

   
   
 
Russ Chambers
Post: 9010
Army
cdrdist11@vfwnc.com
District 11 Commander

Russell L (Russ) Chambers served from 1972 to 1995 in the Indiana and Oklahoma Army National Guard, the United States Army Reserve and the United States Army. He is a veteran of operation Desert Storm, having served with Task Force Viper, 3rd Armored Division. He has been a Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, Troop Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, Air Assault School Executive Officer and Battalion Operations and Training Officer. Russ graduated from Officer Candidate School, Class XXIIII-78, the Armor Basic and Advanced Courses, Air Assault School and Pathfinder School. Russ holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology with minors in Business Administration and Accounting from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In the VFW he has served for three years as Post 9010 Commander, currently serves as Public Affairs Officer for both The VFW Leader magazine and the Department of North Carolina and was elected District 11 Commander in 2016. Russ and his wife Mony live outside of Winston Salem and have four adult daughters and eight grandchildren.

   
   
 
James Fox
Post: 3006
Army
cdrdist12@vfwnc.com
District 12 Commander

A native Hoosier from Indiana with family ties from North Carolina first joined the Army Reserve's 972nd Engineer Battalion in Anderson, In. as a generator on Dec 7, 1976. Due to a down economy joined the US Army in Dec of 1979 being sent to Quartermaster School at Ft Lee,Va then Jump School at Ft Benning. With permanent duty at Ft Bragg with the 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A). In 1984 reenlisted for duty at Ft Wainwright, AK. After 4 years in Alaska returned to Ft. Bragg being assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82 Airborne as Headquarters Company Supply Sergeant. We were the first combat unit to leave Ft. Bragg for duty in Operation Desert Shield / Storm. Returning to the States on Easter Sunday in 1991. Left the active army in 1992 with the draw down at that time. Joined the Army Reserves and retired in 2002.  I have been married to my wife Teresa for 37 years, with 3 wonderful daughters, and 3 grandsons. Recently employed by Daimler Trucks North America (Freightliner) for several years as a painter and paint team leader.  A member of Hudson, Miller, Tatum VFW Post 3006 in Salisbury, serving as Quartermaster, Trustee, Judge Advocate, and now Commander.

   
   
 
Jack Campbell
Post: 2423
Army
cdrdist13@vfwnc.com
District 13 Commander
Legacy Life Member, Jack Campbell was drafted into the Army in January 1966 at 19 years old and sent to Vietnam in August of that year with the 27th Engineers Battalion (CA) While serving in Vietnam his sign-up and dues were paid by Mint Hill VFW Post 4059.  After moving to Indian Trail He joined Post 2423.  Jack was All-American Post Commander 4 times, All-State 5 times and State Membership Chairman 2 times.  He also served as  Golf Committee Chairman 2 times, Chaplain American Legion Post 458 and V.V.A. President Chapter 1103. After Jack was discharged from the Army in 1968, He immediately went to work at Southern Bell as a Digital Technician and retired in 2008.  Jack has been married to Dee for 48 years has 3 Daughters,
3 Grandsons and 1 Granddaughter. 
 
   
   
 
Roger Willliams
Post: 1957
Air Force
cdrdist14@vfwnc.com
District 14 Commander
Roger Williams (MSgt USAF Ret.) served in the US Air Force from August 1981 to November 2006.  He was a Jet Engine Mechanic on F15, F16, A10 and VC137 aircraft before becoming a First Sergeant.  Roger was deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  After his retirement he returned to Hickory, NC and started his own business.  Roger has been a VFW member since 2007 and has held the offices of Jr. Vice, Sr. Vice and Post Commander for his home VFW Post 1957.
   
   
 
Lonnie Joines
Post: 7034
cdrdist15@vfwnc.com
District 15 Commander
Lonnie served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968.  He is a Viet-Nam Veteran and served with the Combat Engineers.  He worked for the Department of Defense Special Police, the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office and Sparta Police for a total of 39.5 years.  A member of Post 7034 in Sparta, NC, Lonnie served on the Post Honor Guard 9 years, Color Guard Commander 6 years, Jr. Vice Commander 2 years, Sr. Vice Commander 2 years, Commander 2 years, District 15 Judge Advocate 2 years and Sr. Vice Commander District 15 for 2 years.  
   
   
 
Johnny Taylor
Post: 10349
cdrdist16@vfwnc.com
District 16 Commander
I live in Columbus, NC and retired from Michelin North America, US3 Spartanburg Plant. I am a life member of Post 10349 in Mill Spring, NC. US Army Vietnam Veteran with the 1st Infantry Division 1969-1970. Post Quartermaster from 2003 to present. All American Post QM 2008. District 16 QM 2007-2009. District 16 All American QM 2008. District 16 Commander 2010-2014. Volunteer at the Charles George VAMC in Asheville, NC. VAVS Representative for VFW. VAVS Board VFW. VAVS Executive Board VFW. National Aid-De-Camp 2011-2012. Long Range Planning Committee. Chairman of the Past Commanders Club 2015 to present.
   
   
 
Dennis Currie
Post: 7339
cdrdist17@vfwnc.com
District 17 Commander

   
   
 
 
     
   
 
         
     
 
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