Sergeant Major U.S. Army (Ret.) James "Jim" Collins is our Post Commander and also the District Commander of VFW DPA District 7 - Philippines.
Jim is originally from Lowell, Mass., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in1974 and after 30 years of military service retired in October 2004. His son James Collins Jr. also served honorably in the U.S. Army. Commander Collins assignments include 2 years with the 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 4 years in S. Korea, and 24 years in U.S. Army Special Forces. A graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School, Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. His numerous awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal (5th award). While on active duty Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Jim is now happily retired and a resident of Angeles City (the City of Angels), Philippines. He is a VFW Gold Legacy Life Member.
Senior Vice Commander
Janet Alford retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service. She is originally from
Angeles City, Philippines and also calls St Augustine, Florida home. Her last
deployment was to Kirkuk, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and last duty
station was at Joint Region Marianas, Guam as Director of Fleet and Family Readiness.
In addition to her duties as Sr. Vice Commander, she is the Chairperson of the Post House Committee, Post Relief Committee and Review Committee. She also serves on the Community Activities Commitee, Budget Committee, Honor Guard Team, and Board of Directors.
Janet is a VFW Gold Legacy Life Member and member of the Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 15. She moved back to Angeles City in 2017
after a small stint as a JROTC Instructor. She has one beautiful and talented daughter
Christina, whom she is very proud of.
Junior Vice Commander
Brian Hamic is a VFW Gold Legacy Life Member, member of Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 15 and served as Post Adjutant before being elected Jr. Vice Commander of Post 2485. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1995 after having served with the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana; 2nd Infantry Division in Dongducheon, Korea; the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Eighth Army HQ Commandant at Yongsan, Korea and ended his career with an assignment with the Special Troops Battalion at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense and Korea Defense Service Medals and the usual ribbons & badges.
Brian has two grown sons who live in Hawaii, is a proud father & grandfather and resides in Angeles City, PI with his wife and third son Ethan.