Post Commander ~ Frank Aleck
Frank Is retiree from the US Army Reserves.
His decorations include;
Following his retirement Frank has been active in the following Organizations;
- Military Order of the Cootie (Pup Tent #7, Edison)
- American Legion Post 435, Edison
- Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 233
- VFW Post Commander, Post 3117
- District 8 Commander, NJ
- Past Grand Commander, MOC NJ
- Past NJ State VUMS Commander
Senior Vice Commander ~ Eloyd Britt
Command Sergeant Major Eloyd O. Britt was born in Houston County, Alabama in January 1949 and moved to Orange, New Jersey in 1956. His family includes his wonderful mother, Mrs. Mary Britt, his lovely companion Patricia Coley, and his children Tisha, and Lamone Britt. He has one beautiful granddaughter, Denajah Britt. CSM Britt enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in May of I968.
After his initial assignment in the division’s Military Intelligence Section, CSM Britt went on to successfully complete the following assignments;
- Personnel Carrier Driver.
- Armored Scout.
- Intelligence Analysis.
- Intelligence Sergeant.
- Aerial Intelligence Sergeant, and other various positions within the Military Intelligence community.
The 50th Armored Division was slated to disband in 1993 and CSM Britt was transferred to the 250th Signal Battalion. There he Served as a Signal Operations Sergeant, HHC First Sergeant and S-3 Operations Sergeant until August 1997. He was then nominated and Selected for promotion to Command Sergeant Major. During his 14 year plus assignment with the 2501/2 Signal Battalion, the battalion successfully completed all missions assigned To include; State Emergency Operations, Homeland Security Operations, The Global War on Terrorism and deployment. To Operation Iraqi Freedom Ill. CSM Britt ‘s last assignment was Operations Sergeant Major with the Joint Force Headquarters. He was an active member of the New Jersey Honor Guard Program.
His awards include;
- Bronze Star Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
- Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
- Army Good Conduct Medal.
- Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6″‘.Award).
- National Defense Service Medal (2″d Award).
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
- Iraq Campaign Medal.
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass (3rd Award)
- NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th Award).
- Army Service Ribbon/\and numerous New Jersey State awards. After more than 42 years of dedicated service to-his country and the NJ Army National Guard.
CSM Britt retired on 31 January 2010
Junior Vice Commander ~ Bob Bullock
Bob spent 20 years Active Duty and retired from the USAF. During his time in the service Bob worked with Tactical Air Traffic Control Operations. Bob’s assignments and deployments include Germany, England, Egypt, and Honduras. Campaigns included ground support for Operation Eagle Claw which was the mission to try and rescue the 52 American hostages from Iran. Bob was also involved with the initial installation of Ground Launch Cruise Missiles at RAF Greenham Common in the UK. During his time in Germany Bob was with the 1st Combat Communications Group. This unit was very active and participated in numerous missions through Europe. During the Cold War, Bob was also stationed in Tempelhof, West Berlin. It was there in 1989 when Bob witnessed the opening of the Berlin Wall. Also during this period he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Bob finished up his career as a Drill Instructor at Lackland AFB in Texas.
Bob is the recipient of the following awards;
- Meritorious Service Medal,
- Air Force Commendation Medal, with three Oak Leaf clusters.
- Air Force Achievement Medal, with two Oak Leaf clusters.
- National Defense Service Medal,
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Army of Occupation Medal
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Combat Readiness Medal
- USAF Combat Crewmember Badge
- USAF Instructor Badge
Bob is married to his wife Griseldis who he met while stationed in West Berlin.
Bob was originally a member of Post 3117 in 1989. Being absent for a few years, he has now returned as a Life Member of the Post.
Quartermaster ~ Ken Durkin
Quartermaster Ken Durkin served in the US Army from November 1970 until June 1973, and did his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. Upon graduation, he was sent to Ft. Bliss, Texas and enrolled in the Defense Language Institute for a 47 week course in the North Vietnamese language. After completion of the course, he was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. In Vietnam, Ken served at the Phu Bai US army base in northern Vietnam, translating captured enemy documents and intercepts of North Vietnamese military radio traffic. In addition, he was assigned as a M60 machine gunner on perimeter defense. In Spring of 1972 he was posted to Udon Thani in the Republic of Thailand where he served out the balance of his military commitment until discharge.