Biography of Fred Green
Department Commander 2014 – 2015
Fred believes in his motto: “Respect the Past – Encourage the Future”. He realizes that the senior members of the VFW have done their jobs, accomplished their missions and deserve the respect for their hard work they have done for this great organization. Fred also understands that in order for the Veterans of Foreign Wars to survive, we must encourage the younger veterans to step up, learn the procedures – policies and regulations to take over this organization.
The teamwork that is required for this organization to keep it functional is the responsibility of each individual member. For each member has the ability to keep the Veterans of Foreign Wars the strongest military fraternal unit of this great nation. Each individuals support can only positively assist the missions and policies of the VFW at the National, Departmental, District and Post levels.
Fred respects everyone of his fellow veterans and is willing to work towards increasing the needed benefits for our many needing help; to provide assistance to the many families of deployed active duty members who need help; and to aid today’s returning veterans in the transition from military to being a full time parent in an attempt to recreate their lifestyles.
Fred served in the United States Navy from December 1968 to November 1990, proudly in the United States Submarine Service. Upon completion of Basic training, he was transferred to Naval Submarine School, Groton, Ct. From there he was stationed aboard his first submarine, the USS James Madison (SSBN 627), home-ported in Charleston, SC.
Throughout his military career, he has been stationed on every type of submarine: Diesel Boats (SS) – Key West ; Fast Attack (SSN) in Charleston and Norfolk; the early Fleet Ballistic submarines (SSBN) in Charleston and Groton; and finally retired following a tour on a Trident submarine – USS Georgia (SSBN 729) at Bangor Submarine Base.
Fred has the distinction of being a “Blue Nose” – crossing the Artic Circle; a “Golden Shellback” – crossing the International Dateline and the Equator at the same time; and the “Order of the Ditch” – transiting through the Panama Canal.
Upon his military retirement, Fred entered the Apprenticeship Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington. He studied to become a journeyman mechanic in the “Shipwright” trade, he worked setting dry-docks and building staging for working on ships. He again traveled extensively working on shipyard projects in Norfolk, Va., Jacksonville, FL; Long Beach, CA; San Diego, CA and Pearl Harbor, HI. He has been working for the shipyard for twenty years and retired in February 2011.
Fred was born in Hudson, New York on August 17, 1951. He is an only child and remained in the upstate New York area until joining the Navy in December 1968.
Fred has three children, six grand-children and is married to his wife of 27 years- Rose. They have decided to remain in Washington State to remain close to family and friends. They often visit Crystal River, Florida to visit family living there.
With Fred’s retirement, he and Rose hope to travel together in support of his goal to become Department Commander and help improve life for veterans. Both Fred and Rose enjoy their family life, grandkids, friends and the support they can give to those in need.
Biography of Theodore E. Streete
Ted Streete was born on August 19, 1942 in Newark NJ. After leaving High School he pursued a career in the United States Marine Corps. There he rose to the rank of Sergeant Major. Ted has been in a leadership position since 1965 when he was promoted to the rank of corporal. He led a squad of Marines in combat while in Viet Nam. He has been a Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, First Sergeant of Marines and Battalion, Squadron, and Marine Expeditionary Unit Sergeant Major where he was the advisor to the Commander of the welfare, training, and moral of the enlisted men and women in the organization.
It was in 1983 while he was stationed with a Marine Reserve Unit in Harrisburg, PA he was invited to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. New Cumberland Post 7415, District 18.
After retiring from the Marine Corps he joined the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. He worked the jail system rather than working the streets. He achieved the rank of Sergeant before retiring after wearing a uniform for forty-five years.
He continued his membership as an annual member in the VFW, until his transfer to Camp Pendleton, CA where he transferred his membership to VFW Memorial Post 7041, Vista CA. He then signed up for his Life Membership status in 1992. While at Post 7041, Ted went through the chairs of Jr. Vice Commander, for two years, and Sr. Vice Commander for three years. In 1997 he was appointed by the Department of CA Commander to assume the duties as Post Commander for Post 7041. Ted was select as an All State Post Commander for the 1997-1998 year. Ted was re-elected to Post Commander again for the 1998-1999 year and again was selected as an All State Post Commander.
During the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 years he served as Chairman of the Post and Canteen House Committee. Also during 2000-2001 he was appointed as the Department Law Enforcement Chairmen South.
Ted again ran for the Post Commander position for the 2002-2003 year and was again selected for All State Post Commander and All American Post Commander.
While at Vista, Ted also was invited to join the Military Order of the Cootie. He served as Seam Squirrel of Pup Tent 40 Second Chance, three times and was selected All Star Seam Squirrel three times. He also served as the Law Enforcement Chairman South for the Grand of CA.
After moving to Washington, Ted got involved with Fred Needham Post 2669. Prior to transferring his membership to the Department of Washington, Ted became an advisor to the Post Commander for the first year. In 2006-2007 year Ted transferred to Post 2669 Port Orchard, WA. 2007-2008 year Ted was elected as JR. Vice Commander to Post 2669. He was also elected as District 4 SR. Vice Commander for the same year. During the 2008-2009 year Ted was elected as the District Four commander. Ted was elected to the position of State Surgeon for the 2009-2010 Year. Ted also served as the Post 2669 Commander during the 2009-2010 Year. Ted is presently the 2011- 2012 District 4 Senior Vice Commander and the Surgeon of Post 2669. Presently, he is the State Senior-Vice for the 2012-2013 year.
With his twenty-five years plus of being involved with the VFW, Ted has proven himself time and again in his leadership abilities. He enjoys being with the rank and file doing the work. He is a hard worker who believes in by working together we can get the job done right. Ted married the former Vivian Ann Lee of Monongahela, PA. They have two children, Michael Streete of Canyon Country, CA and OS2 Jennifer Streete, U.S. Navy stationed in Jacksonville, Florida.
His platform is “gung ho working together.” When we work together as Posts & Auxiliaries, things for the better will happen.
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