National Officers

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Matthew M. "Fritz" Mihelcic
Commander-in-Chief

Matthew M. “Fritz” Mihelcic was elected the 113th Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on Aug. 3, 2021, at the 122nd VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fritz served in the United States Air National Guard from 1989 to 1999 with the 131st Tactical Fighter Wing. Activated for federal service, he served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991 as a security policeman. In recognition of his service, he received the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V (Valor) Device, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two devices, and the Kuwait Liberation Medals from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. 

He joined the VFW in 1991, and currently maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership at Post 2698 in Sparta, Illinois. Read his full bio here.

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Timothy Borland
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief

Timothy M. Borland was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on Aug. 3, 2021, at the 122nd VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tim served in the United States Army from 1979 to 2007, last serving with the 101st Airborne Division, earning his VFW eligibility serving in Korea and Iraq. In recognition of his service, he received four Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, among numerous others medals and ribbons.

He became a Life member of the VFW in 2000, and currently maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership at VFW Post 9972 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Read his full bio here.

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Duane Sarmiento
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief

Duane Sarmiento was elected Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on Aug. 3, 2021, at the 122nd VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

He served in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1997, and the United States Naval Reserve from 2002 to 2006, earning his VFW eligibility by serving in Operations Desert Shield/Storm. In recognition of his service, he received the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, and numerous other medals and ribbons. In 2003, he earned the title of the Naval Reserve Center Sailor of the Year at Fort Dix.

Duane joined the VFW in 1990 at Post 5579 in Gibbstown, New Jersey, where he maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership. Read his full bio here.

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VFW Adjutant General Kevin Jones

Kevin C. Jones
Adjutant General

Kevin C. Jones was appointed Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 25, 2018, at the 119th VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jones served in the United States Air Force for 12 years as an accounting technician, budget analyst and accounting manager. Among his assignments was a tour of duty at Osan Air Base, Korea. His numerous decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Kevin joined the VFW in 1996 at Post 5789 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, later transferring to Post 7356 in Parkville, Missouri, where he maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership. Read his full bio here.

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VFW Quartermaster General

Marc Garduno
Quartermaster General

Marc Garduno was elected Quartermaster General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on March 21, 2022, by special election of the National Council of Administration.

Marc retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years as a chief warrant officer (CW3), human resources technician, and his assignments included several tours in the Republic of Korea, Fort Bragg, and others. During his military career, Marc was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal and many more.

He joined VFW Post 8180, Seoul, Korea in 2005, and currently maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership at VFW Post 3238, Camden, Delaware. Read his full bio here.

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National Council of Administration

The VFW National Council of Administration is comprised of elected national officers, the adjutant general, chief of staff and inspector general. Collectively, the Council is responsible for administering the affairs and transacting the business of the VFW in the intervals between annual VFW National Conventions. Download a high-resolution version of the 2021-2022 Council of Administration photo.

 

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