I am a proud Vietnam War Era Veteran (Osan Air Base, Korea-69). I am retired from the USAF (65-72) and Michigan Air National Guard (retired 1993). I have been a very active member and officer of several Veterans Organizations such as The American Legion (Past Commander), VFW (Judge Advocate) and of course VVA (Past President Chapter 310). I am now living in Sebastian Florida and have transferred to The Indian River County VVA Chapter 1038. I have had some experience with my past chapter’s website, but not an expert! I will try my best to build and maintain VVA Chapter 1038 Website with all your help. I am not an editor, just a webmaster who handles your inputs! Please contact me with your stories and announcements.
President – Hap Allston
Howard “Hap” Allston was named after Air Force General Hap Arnold and served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968 as a munitions specialist. He was stationed in Okinawa and Tuy-hoa, Vietnam. After his military service Hap moved to the Florida Keys and lived there for 35 years. Twelve years ago he moved to Vero Beach. Hap is also a member of the Chapter Color Guard and the Vero Beach Elks Lodge and serves on the IRC Veterans Council’s Upward American Veterans Committee that provides financial help to needy Indian River County Veterans.
First Vice President & Webmaster – Bob Kwiecinski
In addition to being the Chapter’s 2nd Vice President I am also the Chaplain. I served in Vietnam 1968-69 as an Army Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander. I am a retired Deputy Superintendent of the Indian River County School System and hold a Doctorate in Educational Management. I also serve as a Trustee Member at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Wife Linda and I have four children and ten grandchildren. I am a history buff and enjoy golf and physical fitness. Volunteers at the Victory Center as a Day Manager.
Treasurer – Andrew Coull
Served in the US Navy 1966-77 on board USS Glennon (DD840) then at the Great Lakes as a Gunners Mate Coastal River Division. US Army 1977-1993 in Field Artillery and Recruiting retiring as a First Sergeant. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Department as a Detention Deputy 1993-2011 retiring as a Master Deputy. Currently teaches Scuba at Dive Odyssea, is the Chapter Color Guard Captain and volunteers at the Victory Center.
Secretary – Floyd Dean
Served in the Army as a Specialist 4th Class in the 4th Infantry and 4th Aviation at Pleiku and An Khe, Vietnam June 1966 to June 1970. Married to Doreen E. Dean with two sons and one daughter with four grandchildren. Originally from Glens Falls, New York, semi retired. Member of the Chapter 1038 Color Guard and with his wife Doreen keeps our records in good order!
Command Sergeant Major US Army (Ret)
Enlisted 14 January 1949 and served for 32 years with three full tours in Vietnam plus an overnighter to Hanoi for the SON TAY Raid to free our POWs. Ed has serve in Airborne, Special Forces, Artillery and Engineers. In addition to holding Master Parachutist wings Ed is a HALO jumper and has attended the Navy’s UDT swimmers course earning his divers badge. Ed’s awards and decorations are too numerous to list here but include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars for Valor and two Purple Hearts. In addition to serving as a VVA Director Ed volunteers three days a week at the Victory Center Military Store and sits on the Upward American Veterans committee that offers financial assistance to needy Veterans with over $73,000 in assistance so far.