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POST MEMBER PROFILES

COLT REMINGTON – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

·         Sergeant, United States Marine Corps

               2006-2010

·         Patrol Squad Leader, Operations Chief

·         Operation Iraqi Freedom (Al Anbar, Iraq) 2007-2008

·         Operation Enduring Freedom (Helmand, Afghanistan) 2009

·         Honorably discharged in June 2010

·         Professional career: Police Officer, City of Bedford Texas

·         Connection to Roanoke - moved to Roanoke with wife and joined Roanoke Memorial VFW in June 2010

 

  

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JIM BENOTTI – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

·         Drafted into US Army Fall of 1966

·         Boot and Infantry A.I.T.

·         OCS - 6 months - Signal Corps - Ft Gordon GA

·         Second LT - Tobyhanna PA - Army Depot - 1 year

·         Vietnam - July 1968, First LT, to July 1969

o        Stationed II Corps - Central Highlands

o        4th Division - Division Comm Ctr - 3 months

o        VHF Comm Forward Deployment - 3 months

o        42nd Artillery Battalion - Communications Officer - Forward Areas - 6 months

·         Returned to US and honorably discharged, July 1969

·         Professional career after military service - Telecom

·         Roanoke connection – Currently serving as Post 5074 Commander

·         VFW member since 1976

 

                     

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JIM REDDICK – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

              

·        Volunteered for the Draft summer of 1968

·        US Army Basic training Ft Leonard Wood MO Oct - Nov 1968

·        A.I.T. Ft. Knox Kentucky Radio School  Dec 1968 – Mar 1969

·        Advanced A.I.T. Ft. Gordon GA Radio Teletype Apr - Aug 1969 - Promoted sergeant E-5

·        Assigned 2nd Aviation Batt.  2nd Infantry Div. Camp Stanton Korea NCO over signal 13 months Sept 1969 – Oct 1970

·        3 trips to Vietnam from Korea TDY to Da Nang for radio and communications repair support  

·        Awards and ribbons: National Defense ribbon, Korea Service ribbon, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal

·        Honorable discharge October 1970

·        Career after military service - worked 39 years for Frisco railroad - Burlington Northern Railroad - Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

·        Married 41 years and have 3 grown boys.

·        Roanoke connection - Presently serving as Post 5074 Junior Vice Commander; Chaplin during 2010

 

  

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JACK PEDLAR – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

                

·U. S. Air Force  - Served from March 1966 to December 1969

·Places served: Amarillo AFB – Amarillo TX; MacDill AFB- Tampa FL; Phu Cat AFB- South Vietnam; Mountain Home AFB - Mountain Home ID

·Worked in a part of supply called NORS Control to shag parts for fighter aircraft; mission was to have aircraft back in the air within 24 hours 

·Career after military:
1970 to 1972 - Mechanical Draftsman for a Consulting Engineering Firm in Boise, ID
1972 to 1980 - Sales - New York Life Insurance in Eugene, OR
1978 to 1982 - Sales - Real Estate in Eugene, OR
1982 to 1987 - Mobile Home Tire & Axle Recycling and Skirting in Denton TX
1987 to Present - Sales & Property Management - Real Estate - DFW area, currently Trophy Club, TX

·Roanoke connection – Own, with wife, Trophy Realtors doing business in the Roanoke TX and greater DFW area

·VFW member for 25 years

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GARY J. BEDSON – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke  TX

 

·         Joined the U.S. Navy November 1, 1965

·         Ship Serviceman 3rd Class

·         Great Lakes Boot Camp

·         Charleston SC 1966

·         Vietnam 1966 - 1968

·         Charleston SC USS Howard W. Gilmore 

·         Discharged August 18, 1969

·         Career after military:  barber for 40 years 

·         Joined the Roanoke VFW in 2008

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JERRY W. LOLLAR – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

·         U.S. Navy; U.S. Army Reserve; TX  Army National Guard; Active U. S. Army

o        6 years Navy – West Pacific and CA

o        27 Years Army and National Guard – numerous units in TX

·         Career after military:  Photographer; Graphic Arts; Safety Engineer

·         Memberships other than VFW – DAV; American Legion; US Army Association; NCO Association for US Army

·         Jerry’s reason for joining VFW, “The friendship and comradeship of its members; our working the returning Vets and their family members; education and service programs”

·         Years in the VFW – 41

o        Currently Post 5074 Judge Advocate; active member of the Military Order of Cootie

o        Former Post commander; senior vice; junior vice; quartermaster; and all appointed offices

o        District commander; senior vice, junior vice, judge advocate

o        Numerous Department (state) appointments

o        National Scouting Team

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TONY MORENO – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX


USAF 1959-1963

USN 1964-retired 1980

Duty Stations-WAFB AZ, Johnston Is, Waco, Tx.

Duty Stations in Navy- Guam, USS Bennington, Rota , Spain, Monterey,Ca , Lakehurst, NJ , Guantanamo bay Cuba,

Vietnam- 6 times

USS New Orleans, Miramar Nas Ca, Moffett Field Nas Ca, back to USS New Orleans, retired at Navy Dallas.

Primary job- Meteorologist. (certified in USN and NMA.)

Some highlights- Briefed act cdr for AF1 and AF2, Blue Angels, provided weather info for recovery of Skylab 2 and 3

(met the astronauts,) Was the Royal Baby for the initiation of crossing the Equator.

After the military I was an Asst Logistics Mgr for Unisys Corp.

Current office- Sr Vice-Commander

Previously held posts- Judge Advocate, Adjutant, surgeon.

Member of American Legion, AMVETS, Fleer Reserve Association.

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DAN HUTCHINSON – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars - Roanoke, TX

 

             

·U. S. Air Force  - 1966 - 1972

·Places served: Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX; Kessler AFB, Biloxi MS; Perrin AFB, Denison TX; Hofn, Iceland; TDY Vietnam; Hofn, Iceland

·Bachelors Business Administration, Texas Tech; Masters Business Management, UTPM, Odessa TX

·Career after military: Six years State Auditor; 15 years insurance sales; 34 years as owner JDH Enterprises; 21.5 years owner/operator Neptune Pool Service

·Roanoke connection – Lived in Roanoke from 1990 – 2005; current residence Keller TX

·VFW member for 10+ years; life member

·Additional membership – American Legion

·Current office with VFW – Quartermaster 3.5 years

·Previous offices – Trustee multiple years

·Dan says, “As a Veteran, I see a great need with our military returning to the U.S.  As a veteran from the 60’s I felt the need to make sure our troops coming home today do not receive the same reception that I did.”

·Reasons to join Roanoke Post 5074 – “It gave me a comfortable place away from home to go….a feeling of being welcomed with other vets with common interests.”

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MSgt (Ret) Carl F. Dreessen – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

          United States Air Force

o        January 1988 – September 2009

o        RAF Alconbury, UK                            

o        Fairchild AFB, WA

o        Travis AFB , CA

o        Luke AFB, AZ

o        Kunsan AFB, Korea

o        RAF Lakenheath, UK

o        Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

o        Deployed numerous times in support of Operations:  Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

o        Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 7 oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ……

·         Career after military:  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – Facility management

·         Joined the Roanoke VFW in 2010 “to drink beer with my friends and fellow veterans.”

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MSgt (Ret) Nancy L. Dreessen – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

 

·                                                        United States Air Force

o        August 1989 – September 2009

o        Fairchild AFB, WA

o        Travis AFB , CA

o        Luke AFB, AZ

o        RAF Lakenheath, UK

o        Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

o        Deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

·         Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 5 oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service medal with 1 service star…..

·         Career after military:  University of North Texas - International Admissions

·         Joined the Roanoke VFW in 2010

·         Nancy says, “The Roanoke VFW Post 5074 is a very friendly and welcoming environment.  This is the camaraderie we are looking for.”

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BRENDA PFEIFF – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX

 

·         Army National Guard

o        Joined the Kansas Army National Guard as a senior in high school

o        Basic training – Fort McClellan  AL 1987

o        Advanced training – Fort Lee VA

o        Performed summer camps in Kaiserslautern, Germany – depot level maintenance used to rebuild the Cummings 6.2 L engines for the Hummer

o        1991 – Unit called up for service in Desert Storm

o        Served in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia – depot level maintenance on Abrams M-1 tanks and Bradley M-2 fighting vehicles

o        Honorable discharge in 1998

·         Career after military:  Real estate paralegal in Dallas while attending TX Wesleyan University School of Law becoming a licensed attorney in 2005

·         Current career:  Law practice in Trophy Club TX with a focus on Business Law, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law

·         Has provided discounted assistance for several Veterans

·         VFW Membership

o        Joined VFW while living in Kansas in 1992

o        Transferred to Roanoke Memorial Post 5074 in 2008

·         Brenda has two adopted sons who were one year old on August 11, 2010

She says, “God has blessed me with these wonderful boys and with great friends to help me out.  I moved to Texas in 1998 when my job was relocated here and all my family live in Kansas and southwestern Nebraska.  My faith in the Lord has made these trying times less stressful, as I know and believe that He will always take care of me and my new family."



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Msgt (Ret.) LYLE SMITH – Roanoke Memorial Post 5074

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Roanoke TX



BRANCH:                                     US Air Force 1978 - 2002

 

PLACES SERVED:                       Lowry AFB, CO  (Technical Training School)

                                                   Hill AFB, UT

                                                   Little Rock AFB, AR

                                                   Nellis AFB, NV

                                                   Spangdahlem AB, Germany

                                                   Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

                                                   Aviano AB, Italy   (Operation Deny Flight)

                                                   Prince Sultan AB, Al Karj, Saudi Arabia  (Operation Southern Watch)

                                                   Suwon AB, South Korea

                                                   Al Jaber AB, Kuwait   (Operation Enduring Freedom)

 

CAREER NOW:                           Sporting Goods Dept. Manager for WalMart

 

CURRENT OFFICE WITH VFW:    Senior Vice Commander 

FORMER OFFICE WITH VFW:     Trustee 2 yr. Adjutant / Trustee 1 yr.

 

NO. OF YEARS WITH VFW:        4+

 

LOCAL AREA CONNECTIONS:    Moved to Argyle from Houston in 2005 to be closer to family.


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