2016 – 2017 • Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1760 Chairman & committee roster
Club Committee Chairman – Matt Olsen
Club Committee members – Leo Lamontagne, Stevie Mae Douglas, Izzy Pacheco
& Jerry Smith
Buddy Poppy Committee Chairman – Frank Alger
Building Committee Chairman –
Public Relations Chairman – Dan Wilson
By-Laws Committee Chairman – Ron Heraty
Veterans Day Parade Chairman – Frank Alger
Youth Programs Chairman – Dan Wilson
Women Veterans Chairman – Israel “Izzy” Pacheco
Club Committee Chairman
Matthew Olsen was born August 22nd, 1976 in Mesa, Arizona. He moved between Corvallis, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona a few times with his family until settling in Spokane, Washington, where he spent the rest of his youth life. Olsen graduated from University High School in 1994 and joined the United States Marine Corps, that summer.
Olsen enlisted into the Marine Corps on July 5th 1994 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in September of 1994. He was also meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class upon graduation. Olsen attended Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton and Field Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma before joining the Fleet Marine Force in Camp Pendleton. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion 11th Marines (1/11) and in April of 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In October of 1995 Lance Corporal Olsen deployed with the 13th MEU SOC to Okinawa, Japan, the Persian Gulf, and then to Somalia to aid in the withdrawal of UNOSOM forces in Somalia. In April of 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. During his tour with 1/11 Corporal Olsen performed the duties of cannoneer, ammo and powder team chief, assistant gunner, and gunner on the M-198 towed howitzer weapon system. In April of 1998 Corporal Olsen was honorably discharged from active duty service and moved back home to Washington State to attend school at The Washington State University.
In June of 1998, Corporal Olsen transferred to the Marine Corps Ready Reserve and was assigned to Battery A, 1st Battalion 14th (1/14) Marines in Spokane, WA. Battery A 1/14 was later re-designated Battery P, 5th Battalion 14th Marines. Corporal Olsen immediately assumed the duties of gunner and section chief. In September of 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued to hold the duties of Section Chief and later Platoon Sergeant. In May of 2002 Sergeant Olsen graduated from The Washington State University with a Bachelor’s of Science and relocated to Tempe, AZ in September of 2002.
Upon arrival to Tempe, AZ, Sergeant Olsen was assigned to Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Phoenix, AZ. He retrained on the job in bulk fuel operations and immediately took over as 2nd Platoon Sergeant. Sergeant Olsen was deployed to Kuwait in January of 2003 in preparation of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Operation Iraqi Freedom Sergeant Olsen was in charge of part of the construction of the longest mobile fuel line system in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps, that pumped over 6,000,000 gallons of fuel over 60 miles to forward combat units. Sergeant Olsen also aided and led Marines in the construction of separate Forward Arming and Refueling Points in Ad Diwaniyah and Al Kut. Upon returning to home, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in September of 2003. From January of 2004 to February of 2006, Staff Sergeant Olsen continued to serve with Bulk Fuel Company C as the Platoon Commander for 1st Platoon and later 3rd Platoon.
In March of 2006 Staff Sergeant Olsen received orders to report to Marine Central Command (MARCENT) aboard MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Upon reporting, Staff Sergeant Olsen was assigned the duty of Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge to the new MARCENT Coordination Element on Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa. During this tour Staff Sergeant Olsen completed many assignments throughout the Horn of Africa region in an effort to increase the positive relations between the United States and the people and countries in the Horn of Africa region. Upon returning home to Arizona in January of 2007 Staff Sergeant Olsen elected to serve the rest of his enlistment in the Inactive Ready Reserve and received his final Honorable Discharge in August of 2008.
After his 13 year career with the Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Olsen continued to pursue the camaraderie of the Marine Corps he had grown to love. He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2004 and became active at his local post, Dode Morris Post 1760 of Mesa, AZ. Over the years he has served as the Building Committee Chairman, Junior Vice Commander, a member of various special committees, and is currently serving as a member of the Club Committee and the Chairman of the Veterans Day Float Committee. He has one younger sister, two younger brothers and three nieces. His favorite past times include riding motorcycles, skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, sailing and almost anything else that requires being in the outdoors.
Club Committee member
Stevie Mae Douglas
Jr. Vice Cmdr.
Club Committee member
Stevie Mae Douglas was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She spent time growing up in both Tennessee and Arizona, having graduated from Coronal Del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ. After school she worked ten years in hotel management with Hilton Hotels, and also for another 6 years making a living playing in a rock band in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2009 she decided to join the US Army and left for Fort Jackson. After boot camp she was a medic assigned to Fort Sam Houston assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, her only duty station. She was assigned to the support battalion as a medic for 3rd Brigade RAKKASANS, an infantry brigade. She completed two tours in Afghanistan. There after, she completed her contract and left the US Army Honorably Discharged with rank of Sergeant.
In December 2013 Stevie joined VFW Post 1760 and is currently holding her first position as Trustee. “So thankful to come home and find people like me. I need this place!”
Israel “Izzy” Pacheco
Women Veterans Chairman
Izzy was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1948 and is a graduate of Roswell High School in 1967. Shortly after graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps, and was sent to boot camp in San Diego MCRD.
In 1968 Izzy was sent to Vietnam, and was proudly assigned to the 3rd batallion, 26 Marines where they took part in the Tet Offensive. There their battalion received one of several PUC citations. Izzy continued to serve in Vietnam that year, and later honorably discharged in 1969. Thereafter he attended and received a BS from New Mexico State University in 1973.
Izzy has been involved with the VFW organization since 1991. He has served as Chaplain, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander, and as Quartermaster. Additionally Izzy has also served as canteen committee chairman, service officer, and in various other committees as directed by Post 1760 commanders.
Club Committee member
Frank “Gunny” Alger
Buddy Poppy Committee Chairman
Veterans Day Parade Chairman
Gunny was born in San Francisco, California and is the oldest of 5. Gunny lived in the Bay Area until he was 11 years old when his dad got a job offer in Germany. The family moved to Germany where he and his siblings attended Germany public schools (as his dad was not in the military anymore). When he was 16 years old the family moved back to the States settling down in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Gunny graduated from Ellicott Baptist School in Ellicott Colorado (about 35 miles East of Colorado Springs on HWY 94) and is currently the oldest living graduate from the school.
Frank Alger is a retired Gunnery Sergeant of over 20 years active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps. He goes by Gunny to avoid confusion as his father Frank Alger Sr. who lives in the area and is also a Marine. Gunny held multiple billets during his career serving as: a Radio operator, Radio Chief, Drug Exemption NCO, Recruiting Duty (RS Denver, RSS Littleton), Communications Security Material (CMS) Custodian, Instructor at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Sgt’s and Career Courses, Communication Chief, Assistant Operations Chief. Gunny appeared before the Royal Court of the Domain of Imperivm Neptvni Regis, State of the Raging Main, Equatoria where Davy Jones is the Royal Scribe and earned his Shellback in August 1983. Participated in Operation Bright Star in Somalia August 1983 and also completed two crossings of the Suez Canal in Sept 1983. Participated in Exercise Cobra Gold in 1983 and 1984, Operation Valiant Usher in 1984 in Kenya Africa and was part of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Forces in Beirut, Lebanon with the 31st MAU in 1983. Involved in helping stabilize Somalia in 1993-94 and participated in operations in the Old and New Ports and Operations show Care in the Merca and Quryooley areas of Somalia and More Care at the Old Port. Also participated in Exercises Infinite Moonlight in Jordan in August 1995 and Eager Mace in Kuwait September and October 1995.
Gunny Retired in July of 2001, moved to Mesa, AZ in 2002 and joined the VFW post 1760 in October of 2002. Gunny is an ordain minister and has served the post as Chaplain from 2005-2011 and is currently Chaplain again. He has since also earned his Master’s Degree in Education and currently works for the University of Phoenix. Gunny has also served his community in many capacities such serving as: Jr. Past Commandant and Young Marine Liaison for the Saguaro Detachment Marine Corps League; Chaplain, and Young Marine Liaison for the Department of AZ Marine Corps League. Commanding Officer, Grand Canyon Regiment of the Young Marines, Commanding Officer, East Valley Young Marines, Co-Founder and Past President, Mesa Veterans Parade Association, Chaplain/Charter Member, Marine Corps Recruiters Association, Devil Dog, Road Runner Pound 112, Military Order of Devil Dogs, Life-Member DAV Chapter 8, News Letter Editor American Legion Post 39, Veteran Volunteer, Joe Foss Institute, Member, United States Field Artillery Association, Board Member, City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Board 2006-2009, and currently serves in several Toastmasters Clubs in the valley. Gunny is also active in his church (Desert Gateway Baptist Church, Gilbert, AZ) and is involved with the Missions Partner Program and is the Ministry Leader for the Baptist Bunker military ministry. He is married to the love of my life (Mary) for the last 29 years and three children two grown daughters and a son 17 still living at home. Besides all this, Gunny enjoys fishing, shooting, hunting, reading, and hanging out with his family. He does have a hobby that is a little unusual and that he is a leather Crafter. He make wallets, purses, holsters, and just about anything else you can think of out of leather. Gunny has been to many different countries but two most interesting are the Seychelles Islands and the City of PETRA in Jordan. One of Gunny’s favorite quotes is: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR OTHERS?”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
By-Laws Committee Chairman
Ron Heraty was born in Alton, Illinois in July 1944. He lived on a farm and did heavy farm labor during the early years of his life. He attended Jerseyville High School, graduating in 1962. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 on June 12, 1962. He left St. Louis, MO on August 8, 1962 on a train to San Diego, CA for boot camp at MCRD. The heat in New Mexico and Phoenix on the train was in the 100’s and once we got there the DI’s were even hotter.
He was a sea-going Marine on the USS Hancock (CV-19) for the first two years and four months in the Corp. He left the Hancock for the Marine Corp infantry in 1965 in North Carolina. He also spent time in Cuba and other destinations with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines out of Jacksonville, NC. During Christmas 1965 he had an opportunity to leave Cuba. He then went to Viet Nam after 30 days of leave. He was wounded in July 1966 in Operation Hastings with the 3rd Battalion Fourth Marines and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with combat V. He left Viet Nam in January, 1967 with a heavy heart for his comrades that he left behind. He left the Marines on 01/20/1967.
He was married on 09/22/1967 and moved to Florida. He went to Palm Beach Atlantic College (now University) and received his Bachelors degree in Business and Accounting under the GI bill.
He has been a member of VFW Post 1760 for eight years and has served as Commander, Sr. Vice Commander and Club Committee Chairman. “Through teamwork we have made the VFW Post 1760 a great place to help veterans feel at home and be with those who understand what they are going through.”
Public Relations Chairman
Youth Programs Chairman
District 4 Judge Advocate
Dan Wilson was born in Los Gatos, California in March of 1971. He grew up in the Bay Area (San Jose, Ca), working a couple jobs as a teenager being a newspaper boy, and later as a gas station attendant. Dan graduated from Leigh High School in 1989. After one semester at West Valley (Community) College and having worked at other jobs, he decided to join the military. Like his father before him, he chose the US Navy.
On May 12th, 1992 he left for MEPS in Oakland, Ca and then off to RTC Great Lakes, Il for boot camp and Engineman “A” school. Following that education, he transferred to San Diego, Ca for “C” school (Auxiliaries). In June, 1993 he reported to his first command on board the USS Fife (DD991), a Spruance class destroyer forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The ship having just returned from deployment went through a refit period, followed by participating in Exercise ‘Cobra Gold’ in 1994 and again in 1995. Dan finished his time on board participating in a ceremonial port visit to Vladivostok, Russia before transferring to his next duty station.
After some more school in San Diego Dan reported in October 1995 to USS Benfold (DDG65) in the last phase of shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Ms. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer finished in February and transferred to San Diego, Ca via the Panama Canal, and commissioned to service in March 1996. After completing several qualifications for the ship, USS Benfold left for its first deployment to the Persian Gulf in August 1997, returning in February 1998. During deployment the USS Benfold and crew were a part of the beginning of Operation Desert Thunder, and were the primary Tomahawk platform enforcing the no-fly zone with special focus on the U2 flights. Later after returning to home port in 1998 the ship and crew was awarded the Spokane Trophy. Dan next transferred to reserve duty status serving on a reserve duty detachment in San Diego to the USS Frank Cable (AS-40) (a submarine tender home ported in Guam) to June of 1999.
After being honorably discharged from the service, Dan came to visit his mother in Arizona that turned into an extended stay. He went to school and has since earned and received an Associate of Arts in Communications, Associate of Occupational Studies in PC/Network Technology, and is a full time student working towards his Bachelor of Computer Science in Computer Information Systems. Dan found out about the VFW at a friend’s wedding in 2011, came to visit the Post the following January and signed up that day. Dan has served as Commander and Trustee, is currently serving as District 4 Judge Advocate for a second term, and has worked on several projects with and for Post 1760. “I finally found after a substantial amount of time from leaving the service, a place where I could connect with others at Post 1760.”