8337 - Building Public Sector Partnerships in the War
The US military enlists troops from every
level of society and every corner of our country. It therefore
follows that veterans are embedded at every level of the public and
private sectors of our society. Seven VFW Post 8337 liaisons provide
a "closed-loop" communications link between our Post 8337 and the
community (Liberty Grove), county (Door), and country (USA) we
serve. There are three Post 8337 liaisons with the public sector
(Law Enforcement, Emergency Government with Fire Fighters, and
Legislature) who report monthly on public sector initiatives
requiring support from the private sector. And, four Post 8337 liaisons with the private sector (Homeland Security/Contingency
Planning, Health/Safety, History/Patriotism, and
Chaplain/Trauma Management). The seven liaisons form our post's
"unified" Incident Command during a terrorist attack, natural or
man-made disaster, pandemic, or large scale community crisis.
Note form the Commander:
Al Qaida has franchised their operations with the expressed
intention to embed operatives anywhere there is a disgruntled
citizen, social or political extremist, depressed or angry youth, or
anyone looking for a cause focused on attacking and destroying the
economic infrastructure of any open and free society. Across
the nation, there is a movement of collaboration between government,
businesses, and non-profit organizations to ensure that communities
are safe, secure, and economically robust.
Government seeks these partnerships as an opportunity to
utilize private sector resources
to mitigate the impact of critical incidents, engage
in pre-planning with businesses for continuity of operation
planning (COOP), and strengthen relationships with the private
sector. The business community
supports these partnerships,
as it benefits their short and long term strategic planning,
enhances their level of emergency preparedness, and strengthens
their relationship with
entities and officials.
VFW Post 8337
(June 2008 - July 2009)
Post 8337 Liaison
Acts as liaison between fellow VFW Post commanders in
District 8, Wisconsin, and Nationally. The commander
promotes joint operations to test contingency plans and
emergency response protocols, negotiates mutual aid agreements
between VFW Post 8337 and other VFW posts as well as the American Legion, AMVET, and
Marine Corp League posts in Door County;
8337 Commander: Rich Woldt
responsibility is to act as liaison between VFW Post 8337 and local law
enforcement to include Door County Sheriff and Sturgeon Bay
Chief of Police. Duties include acting as VFW Post 8337
"Liaison Officer" during any private sector "Unified"
command. This includes identifying and logging in law
enforcement personnel to the "private sector" EOC and staging areas.
Fighter & Emergency Government Liaison:
Primary responsibility is to act as liaison between VFW Post
8337, our Liberty Grove Fire Chief and Director of Door
County Emergency Government. Duties include
identifying and logging in all firefighters and emergency
first responders into our "private sector" Incident Command
EOC, staging areas, and mobile Command Posts.
Also acts as Post' Health/Safety liaison with the private
Surgeon Doctor Owen Larson
Primary responsibilities include
acting as liaison between VFW Post 8337 and our State and
Local Government Representatives. Duties include identifying
and logging in all government officials into our "private
sector" Incident Command EOC, staging areas, and mobile
Command Post. Also functions
as Post' Homeland
Security/Contingency Planning Liaison,
overseeing Homeland Security projects as they relate to
creating public-to-private partnerships and "unified"
commands during the next terrorist attack, natural or
man-made disaster, pandemic, or large scale community
John Mahoney acts as
Post 8337 liaison with all levels of government to include
Grove Town Board, Door County Board of Supervisors, State
and National legislators.
Patriotism Liaison: Purple
Heart recipient and retired Gibraltar High School teacher
and guidance councilor George Erickson acts as our Post'
History & Patriotism Liaison. Together with Ladies Auxiliary
member and wife Annett, they oversee our Voice of Democracy
and Patriot's Pen contests, our youth scholarship programs.
George is also our liaison with Purple Heart and Medal of
Our Post Chaplain acts as the liaison
with our faith-based community which includes maintaining
contacts with all priests, ministers, rabbis, etc. and
chaplains for other veteran' posts in Door County.
Chaplain - 2007 - 2008 Leo Du Charme
Acts as liaison with the media to include news papers, radio
and television stations, and news agencies on the
local, state, and national level.. Acts as "Information
Officer" during a unified command.
Post 8337 priority goals for 2008 include:
- Focus VA budgets
on meeting veteran health care needs,
correcting flaws in benefit and compensation programs, and
streamlining the claims settlement process.
- Ensure our active-duty, National
Guard and Reserve troops
receive increased pay, affordable health care, and adequate
housing and work facilities for themselves and their families.
- Promote veteran employment and
education through a
comprehensive GI Bill for the 21st century.
- Enlist veterans in the war on
terrorism and mobilize effort to support U.S. troops,
their mission fighting terrorism, their need for increased and
timely funding to fight the war, need to take decisive,
preemptive, and offensive global action, secure U.S. borders,
shorelines and all ports of entry, and halt the flow of illegal
- Defend and protect our homeland:
Support increased defense
spending to fund all needed weapons programs, personnel
initiatives and troop end-strength requirements, urge the
continued development of a ballistic missile defense system,
halt the development and/or proliferation of nuclear weapons or
materiel by North Korea, secure Europe through the continued
expansion of NATO, and investigate the 1967 Israeli attack on
the USS Liberty.
- Actively promote military affairs
that seek to improve the quality of life for all active-duty,
National Guard and Reserve troops and their families, provide a
military base-pay raise to restore full compatibility with
private-sector wages, support efforts to lower the Guard and
Reserve retirement pay age to 55, oppose any TRICARE fee
- Launch new efforts to capture our
history, promote our traditions, encourage patriotism in our
schools, achieve the fullest possible accounting of all U.S.
POWs and MIAs from all wars, ensure the U.S. government keeps
the POW/MIA issue elevated as a national priority, urge the
President and Congress to fully fund the Joint POW/MIA
accounting Command through a dedicated single-line item
appropriation in the Defense budget, and support all POW/MIA
public awareness initiatives.
Private sector crisis management
systems vary depending on the industry, corporate
organizational structure, management philosophy, and country
of origin. While systems vary, they've all evolved over
years of being tested under fire in the industry they serve.
All focus on taking command and control. And, all focus on
launching an appropriate response to any sudden, unexpected,
or life threatening large scale community crisis.