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VFW Magazine October 2016 : Page-8

New Top Leaders at VFW National Headquarters Bob Wallace Takes Over as Adjutant General Bob Wallace, executive director of VFW’s Washington Office and past commander-in-chief (1991-92), was appointed adjutant general effective July 27, 2016. Wallace has headed the Washington Office since 2001, and was its deputy executive director from 1996 to 2001. Before assuming that position, he held a number of posts in veterans affairs. He was executive direc-tor of the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission (1993-96) and deputy commissioner and administrator for veterans affairs at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (1988-90). In addition, Wallace received appointments to sev-eral veteran employment-related enti-ties during the 1970s and 1980s. His 24-year career in the private sector included serving as senior vice president of First Jersey National Bank/West. While working full time in banking, Wallace earned a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business admin-istration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Moreover, he graduated from the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin. Entering the Marine Corps on April 12, 1967, Wallace was trained on heavy weap-ons, including the 106mm recoilless rifle. He arrived in Vietnam that November and was assigned to H&S Co., 1st Bn., 1st Marines, 1st Marine Div. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, Lance Cpl. Wallace fought in the Battle of Hue. Sustaining multiple shrapnel wounds in February 1968, he was hospitalized in Japan and recuperated on Okinawa. Returning to Vietnam in April, Wallace was wounded again during Operation Pegasus/Lam Son 207 near Khe Sanh. This time he lost permanent hearing in his right ear and was sent home in June. After completing a Caribbean float, he was discharged in June 1969. While on Okinawa, Wallace became well acquainted with VFW members. Still in Vietnam, he joined VFW Post 1851 in Newark, N.J. (today he belongs to Post 9503 in Bayville, N.J.). Rising through the organizational ranks, within a decade he became New Jersey Department commander—the first Vietnam vet to hold that position—in 1980-81. Holding a seat on the National Council of Administration and virtually every VFW committee gave him a thor-ough knowledge of the organization. VFW stands at a crossroads, Wallace believes. “To succeed, VFW members will have to meet the challenges in front of us in our local communities, state capitals and in the halls of Congress,” he says. “As adjutant general, I plan to be in the vanguard of the effort to make our collective voice heard loud and clear.” Debra Anderson Elected Quartermaster General Debra Anderson was elected VFW’s quartermaster general on July 27, 2016. She made VFW history not only as the first female veteran to hold that posi-tion but also as the first 1991 Persian Gulf War vet. The quartermaster gen-eral functions similarly to that of a chief financial officer. Anderson previously served as assistant quartermaster general, acting as chief of staff to the quartermaster general. She was the director, human resources and investment coordinator, from November 2009 to July 2015, and the first female VFW director. As assistant director in administration (2007-09), she undertook special proj-ects and assisted the human resources manager at national headquarters. The position involved information technol-ogy, dues processing, membership, employee wellness and training. In the 14 years before joining the national staff, she held several manage-rial positions at leasing and mortgage companies. Attending the University of Missouri in Columbia on an ROTC scholarship, Anderson graduated in May 1980. She earned a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1989. A commissioned Army officer and recipient of the parachutist badge, Anderson served five years in Germany (1980-85). During the last two years, she commanded C Company, 4th Maintenance Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, based in Fürth. At her next duty station, Fort Riley, Kan.—the home of the 1st Infantry Division—she managed personnel and unit electronic records. She earned her VFW eligibility during the Persian Gulf War. From December 1990 through mid-May 1991, Anderson served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as the strength manage-ment officer responsible for all person-nel assignments. During her 13 years in the Army, she completed two leadership courses at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Joining Post 7356 in Parkville, Mo., in 2006, Anderson has been a VFW mem-ber for 10 years. In 2010, she became the first female commander of that Post. In addition, she is a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and VFW National Home in Michigan. “We are one VFW and as such will work and speak as one team,” Anderson said. “Working across departmental lines is the only way we can accomplish our mission of serving our members and all veterans, military personnel and their families. At the same time, protecting our financial resources is paramount for the long-term future of the organization.” 8 • VFW • OCTOBER 2016

New Top Leaders At VFW National Headquarters

Bob Wallace Takes Over as Adjutant General

Bob Wallace, executive director of VFW’s Washington Office and past commander-in-chief (1991-92), was appointed adjutant general effective July 27, 2016.

Wallace has headed the Washington Office since 2001, and was its deputy executive director from 1996 to 2001. Before assuming that position, he held a number of posts in veterans affairs.

He was executive director of the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission (1993-96) and deputy commissioner and administrator for veterans affairs at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (1988-90). In addition, Wallace received appointments to several veteran employment-related entities during the 1970s and 1980s.

His 24-year career in the private sector included serving as senior vice president of First Jersey National Bank/West. While working full time in banking, Wallace earned a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from Fair leigh Dickinson University. Moreover, he graduated from the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

Entering the Marine Corps on April 12, 1967, Wallace was trained on heavy weapons, including the 106mm recoilless rifle. He arrived in Vietnam that November and was assigned to H&S Co., 1st Bn., 1st Marines, 1st Marine Div. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, Lance Cpl. Wallace fought in the Battle of Hue.

Sustaining multiple shrapnel wounds in February 1968, he was hospitalized in Japan and recuperated on Okinawa. Returning to Vietnam in April, Wallace was wounded again during Operation Pegasus/Lam Son 207 near Khe Sanh. This time he lost permanent hearing in his right ear and was sent home in June. After completing a Caribbean float, he was discharged in June 1969. While on Okinawa, Wallace became well acquainted with VFW members. Still in Vietnam, he joined VFW Post 1851 in Newark, N.J. (today he belongs to Post 9503 in Bayville, N.J.). Rising through the organizational ranks, within a decade he became New Jersey Department commander—the first Vietnam vet to hold that position—in 1980-81. Holding a seat on the National Council of Administration and virtually every VFW committee gave him a thorough knowledge of the organization.

VFW stands at a crossroads, Wallace believes. “To succeed, VFW members will have to meet the challenges in front of us in our local communities, state capitals and in the halls of Congress,” he says. “As adjutant general, I plan to be in the vanguard of the effort to make our collective voice heard loud and clear.”

Debra Anderson Elected Quartermaster General

Debra Anderson was elected VFW’s quartermaster general on July 27, 2016. She made VFW history not only as the first female veteran to hold that position but also as the first 1991 Persian Gulf War vet. The quartermaster general functions similarly to that of a chief financial officer.

Anderson previously served as assistant quartermaster general, acting as chief of staff to the quartermaster general. She was the director, human resources and investment coordinator, from November 2009 to July 2015, and the first female VFW director.

As assistant director in administration (2007-09), she undertook special projects and assisted the human resources manager at national headquarters. The position involved information technology, dues processing, membership, employee wellness and training.

In the 14 years before joining the national staff, she held several managerial positions at leasing and mortgage companies.

Attending the University of Missouri in Columbia on an ROTC scholarship, Anderson graduated in May 1980. She earned a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1989.

A commissioned Army officer and recipient of the parachutist badge, Anderson served five years in Germany (1980-85). During the last two years, she commanded C Company, 4th Maintenance Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, based in Fürth. At her next duty station, Fort Riley, Kan.—the home of the 1st Infantry Division—she managed personnel and unit electronic records.

She earned her VFW eligibility during the Persian Gulf War. From December 1990 through mid-May 1991, Anderson served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as the strength management officer responsible for all personnel assignments.

During her 13 years in the Army, she completed two leadership courses at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Joining Post 7356 in Parkville, Mo., in 2006, Anderson has been a VFW member for 10 years. In 2010, she became the first female commander of that Post. In addition, she is a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and VFW National Home in Michigan.

“We are one VFW and as such will work and speak as one team,” Anderson said. “Working across departmental lines is the only way we can accomplish our mission of serving our members and all veterans, military personnel and their families. At the same time, protecting our financial resources is paramount for the long-term future of the organization.”

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