Meet our Board of Advisors, listed here in alphabetical order
Master Chief Petty Officer John Hagan
Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
United States Navy (Retired)
Master Chief Petty Officer (SW) John Hagan is a surface warfare specialist with extensive leadership background and experience in both shore and underway assignments. After initial and advanced training as a radar technician, he moved into leadership positions including serving as the Command Master Chief of the USS Phillipine Sea and Force Master Chief for the Navy’s Chief of Technical Training. Following his selection as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, he acted as the senior enlisted advisor to three Chiefs of Naval Operations for a period of over five and one half years. He retired in 1998 following 33 years of dedicated service to the Navy and the Nation.
Lieutenant General James R. Hall
United States Army (Retired)
A native of Anniston, AL, Lieutenant General James R. Hall entered the United States Army following graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1958, he served as a company commander in Vietnam and battalion commander in Korea. General Hall commanded both the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, CO,and the 4th United States Army at Fort Sheridan, IL. General Hall also served as Deputy Inspector General of the Army and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Forces Command (FORSCOM) at Fort McPerson, GA. Following retirement from the Army in October 1991, General Hall served on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, and joined Morehouse College as Vice President for Campus Operations in December 1996.
Rear Admiral Stephen T. Keith
United States Naval Reserve (Retired)
A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Rear Admiral Stephen Keith graduated from Boston University and reported for active duty in the United States Navy in 1966. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1967. Significant commands include: Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Reserve; Commanding Officer, NAS Willow Grove, PA; Reserve Liaison Officer, Commander Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Chief of Staff, Commander Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic; Commanding Officer, VP/64; Reserve Retirements and TAR Officer Placement, BUPERS; and Officer in Charge, VP/92. Admiral Keith holds a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School and is a graduate of the Naval War College. He was selected to flag rank in 1993, and served as the Naval Coordinator Mid-South, Millington, TN and as the Commander Naval Air Reserve Force.
Major General James E. Livingston
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
A native of Towns, Georgia, Major General James E. Livingston was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1962, following graduation from Auburn University. As Commanding Officer, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Livingston on May 2, 1968 distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy forces in Vietnam and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. Subsequent assignments included command of the Marine Barracks, United Kingdom and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Livingston advanced to Brigidier General on June 10, 1988, and during Operation Desert Storm commanded the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Following command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Livingston advanced to Major General and assumed command of the 4th Marine Division. In July 1992, Livingston took over command of the Marine Forces Reserve, and retired after 33 years of active duty on September 1, 1995.
Master Chief Petty Officer Robert J. Lloyd
United States Coast Guard (Retired)
Master Chief Boatswains Mate R. Jay Lloyd served in the United States Coast Guard for over 27 years in a variety of assignments on shore stations and at sea. Following his selection as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Lloyd traveled extensively assessing the morale, health and welfare and training of the men and women members of the service. In this capacity he served as the principal advisor to the Commandant on matters impacting enlisted personnel and their families. A graduate of the United States Army’s Sergeants Major Academy and the Coast Guard Senior Petty Officer Leadership and Management School, Lloyd also has completed more than a dozen specialized training courses during his career. In addition to a whole range of technical and leadership positions, he also served as the Officer-in-Charge, US Coast Guard Cutter Point Bennett and the US Coast Guard Cutter Point Winslow as well as an officer and crew member aboard a number of other vessels.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
As the VFW Quartermaster General, Bob Greene is responsible for fiscal and financial operations of the organization. Greene is accountable for all funds, securities and other property of the VFW. Greene previously served as Assistant Quartermaster General, 2005 – 2012; Director/Chief Information Officer, 2001 – 2005; Director of Finance and Human Resources, 1996 – 2001; Director of Purchasing and Life Membership, 1985 – 1996; and Accounting Office Manager, 1978 – 1985. Greene is a native of Kansas City, MO, and attended school there before joining the United States Army in 1970. His tour of duty was spent in Vietnam, where he served in a 101st Airborne light weapons infantry unit. For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, an Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following military service, Greene attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and earned a degree in business administration in 1977. He has worked for the VFW national headquarters since 1978.
Sergeant Major Glen E Morrell
Seventh Sergeant Major of the Army
United States Army (Retired)
Seventh Sergeant Major of the Army Glen E. Morrell served in the United States Army in a career spanning over 31 years. His career has taken him through many assignments in the US, two tours in Europe, three tours in the Republic of Vietnam and two tours in Panama. During his career he served in virtually every noncommissioned officer leadership position. As the Sergeant Major of the Army he served as the principal enlisted advisor to the Chief of Staff as well as being a member of Army Staff Council, the Army Policy Council, the General Staff Council and numerous boards and committees.
Brigadier General Karen Rankin
United States Air Force (Retired)
Born in California, Brigadier General Karen S. Rankin entered the United States Air Force in February 1967. During her 31-year career, Rankin commanded a student squadron, a military entrance processing station and two training air wings. She retired as director of plans and programs for the Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Rankin is currently Senior Associate for Keystone International in San Antonio, which provides service in strategic planning, leadership studies and organizational values development. In addition, she is the national president of the 1,000-member Air Force Women Officers Association.