The USFK relocation out of Yongsan & the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area and areas north of Seoul
to Camp Humphreys are important and significant events for both the US and ROK governments.
VFW Post 10223 looks forward to growing and to broadening our support for Camp Humphreys and the surrounding community.
Don Kelley joined Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2014 and served as Trustee, Post Guard & Officer of the Day and Chaplain before being elected Commander in April 2017.
He is also a member and Shavetail of the Military Order of the Cootie EE CHI GAE Pup Tent #2 and has held the offices of Hide Gimlet (Junior Vice Commander) & Sky Pilot (Chaplain).
Don joined the United States Army in 1979 and had multiple assignments including a deployment to the Middle East during Desert Storm before retiring in 2000. His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC) as well as the usual complement of badges and ribbons with devices.
Michael Hoffman joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2005 and is currently our Senior Vice Commander after previously being Post Commander, first from 2009-11 and again from 2012-13. In addition, Mike was Surgeon for District III Korea. He is also an integral part of our Post’s EE CHI GAE Pup Tent #2, Military Order of the Cootie having held Shavetail positions of Seam Squirrel (Commander), Blanket Bum (Sr. Vice Commander), Hide Gimlet (Jr. Vice Commander) and Hospital Chairman.
Mike joined the United States Army in 1992 and upon completion of Basic Training he attended the Defense Language Institute at Presidio of Monterey CA, becoming a Voice Intercept Operator (Korean Linguist). He was subsequently assigned to the 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Korea. After that he was sent to the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY where he earned his Air Assault wings. With his wings, he was able to fly back to his second-favorite country and was assigned to the 3rd MI battalion in Korea where he served as a Flight Instructor with over 1,000 hours on the RC-7B airframe. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense & Korea Defense Service Medals, the NCO Professional Development, Army Service, and the Overseas Service(2) ribbons. He also earned the Air Assault Badge, Army Aviation Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.
After eight years of service but facing reassignment stateside, he reluctantly chose to leave the Army in order to remain in Korea. Mike currently works for Advantor Systems as the Deputy Project Manager and resides in the Camp Humphreys area. Mike’s interests include biking, fishing and vaping. If you seek Mike’s counsel, enter our canteen and work your way through the Cracker-Jack scented cloud to find Mike perched on his favorite corner stool.
Brian Hamic joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10223 in February 2017 and was appointed Post Adjutant and Public Affairs Officer in May.
Brian is retired from the United States Army after having served as a non-commissioned officer with the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk, LA; 2nd ID in Dongducheon, Korea; the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Eighth Army HQ Commandant at Yongsan, Korea and finishing up with an assignment in the Special Troops Battalion at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1995. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), the Army Achievement Medal (3), and the Good Conduct, National Defense and Korea Defense Service Medals as well as the usual ribbons & badges.
After retirement, he worked for several major Korean companies in Human Resources Development, first under contract with the Samsung Economic Research Institute as the Lead Instructor at the Samsung Global Management Institute near Yongin, Korea and then as HRD Program Director at GS Engineering and Construction in Seoul. He is quasi-retired now, working in Korea part time as a consultant and corporate trainer. Brian has two grown sons who live in Hawaii, is a proud grandpa and resides with his wife near Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
Charles Rodney Woods has been a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars since 2009 and was a member of Post 10216 at Osan Air Base before joining us at Post 10223. He is our Chaplain & spiritual advisor and has also been our Service Officer for nearly three years, offering advice to veterans in obtaining rightful entitlements from federal and state governments and assisting members of the Post and their surviving spouses.
In addition to the VFW, Charles is also active in other Veteran’s and fraternal organizations. He is currently the Commander of American Legion Post 37 and a member of several Masonic Organizations to include The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, which is commonly known as The Shriners.
Charles joined the United States Army and worked in Administration & Personnel Management at Ft. Knox, KY; Camp Casey Korea; Camp Humphreys Korea; Yongsan Korea; Ft McClellan, AL; Ft Sam Houston, TX; and at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland before retiring in 1992. He currently lives in Pyeongtaek and works as a Transition Specialist at Camp Humphreys Korea.
Kris Vegvari joined VFW Post 10223 in 2013 and is our Jr. Past Commander after previously holding the positions of Post Adjutant 2015-16 and Commander 2016-17. He is also a member of our Post’s very own EE CHI GAE Pup Tent #2, Military Order of the Cootie – the ‘Honor Degree’ of the VFW.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1993 and continues to serve our country as a member of the Air Force Reserves in Vehicle Operations and Air Transportation.
Kris currently works for the United States Army at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea as a Counseling Psychologist.