Region 4 Director

Gary Newman

Region 4 Director

As a retired Navy Chief, I served on seven Naval Destroyers, served for two years with Armed Forces Police, Subic Bay; for two years with Armed Forces Police, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and for two years as supervisor of Shore Patrol Headquarters, La Maddalena, Sardinia.

 

I am a Vietnam combat veteran, having been onboard the USS Maddox during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and a boat crew member with the Mobile Riverine Force, River Assault Division 112, Mekong Delta, RVN (1967 -1968). My ribbons and medals include the Combat Action Ribbon; the Navy Achievement Medal with combat ‘V’; a Presidential Unit Citation; two Meritorious Unit Citations; and two Navy Unit Citations. Other awards/medals/recognitions include the DOD Meritorious Service Medal and the VVA Achievement Medal. I am a 2018 Inductee into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame for volunteer service to veterans. In 2018, I was summoned before our Board of County Commissioners and publicly recognized for my volunteer work with county veterans.

 

My primary duty and responsibility on 911 were to protect the multi-million-dollar assets of the Navy (aircraft) and over 2,000 military and civilian personnel supervising a Police force of 320 personnel, including activated Military Reserves.

 

My post-Navy retirement included Clay County Deputy Sheriff (1978 -1983); Chief of Police, NAS Jacksonville, Fl. (1983 -2003); and Deputy Director of Security, NAS Jacksonville, Fl. (2003 -2007). Community organizations and service include president of the Clay County Shriner Club and two decades of fund raising in support of Shriner’s Children Hospitals.

 

In 2012, I founded VVA Chapter 1059 and Incarcerated VVA Chapter 1080. I was elected President and served until stepping down in 2018. I have remained an advisor to Chapter 1080. My work with incarcerated veterans has been recognized by the Florida Department of Corrections. I am currently working with the Madison County Correctional Institute and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to establish veterans’ dorms.

 

In 2014, I formed a committee to build a monument honoring all county veterans who were KIA or died in combat. The monument was dedicated in 2017 with donations of $83,000 from the community. It has become a focal point for local school students and educators in Clay County. Pre-Covid 2019, I had met with 850 students and over 90 educators, who came to the monument as part of their required history studies. Thus far this year, I have met with more than 30 clerks of the Court from the State of Florida to explain its history and relevance.

Having completed a two-year term (2018-2021) as 2nd Vice President for the Florida State Council, I am currently serving as 1st Vice President, Florida State Council. I also serve as Chairman of the Florida Veterans Assistance Foundation; member of the National Veterans Incarcerated Committee; Chairman of the Florida State Council Veterans Incarcerated Committee; and Chairman of the Florida State Council Logistics Committee.

 

As a retired Navy Chief, I served on seven Naval Destroyers, served for two years with Armed Forces Police, Subic Bay; for two years with Armed Forces Police, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and for two years as supervisor of Shore Patrol Headquarters, La Maddalena, Sardinia.

 

I am a Vietnam combat veteran, having been onboard the USS Maddox during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and a boat crew member with the Mobile Riverine Force, River Assault Division 112, Mekong Delta, RVN (1967 -1968). My ribbons and medals include the Combat Action Ribbon; the Navy Achievement Medal with combat ‘V’; a Presidential Unit Citation; two Meritorious Unit Citations; and two Navy Unit Citations. Other awards/medals/recognitions include the DOD Meritorious Service Medal and the VVA Achievement Medal. I am a 2018 Inductee into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame for volunteer service to veterans. In 2018, I was summoned before our Board of County Commissioners and publicly recognized for my volunteer work with county veterans.

 

My primary duty and responsibility on 911 were to protect the multi-million-dollar assets of the Navy (aircraft) and over 2,000 military and civilian personnel supervising a Police force of 320 personnel, including activated Military Reserves.

 

My post-Navy retirement included Clay County Deputy Sheriff (1978 -1983); Chief of Police, NAS Jacksonville, Fl. (1983 -2003); and Deputy Director of Security, NAS Jacksonville, Fl. (2003 -2007). Community organizations and service include president of the Clay County Shriner Club and two decades of fund raising in support of Shriner’s Children Hospitals.

 

In 2012, I founded VVA Chapter 1059 and Incarcerated VVA Chapter 1080. I was elected President and served until stepping down in 2018. I have remained an advisor to Chapter 1080. My work with incarcerated veterans has been recognized by the Florida Department of Corrections. I am currently working with the Madison County Correctional Institute and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to establish veterans’ dorms.

 

In 2014, I formed a committee to build a monument honoring all county veterans who were KIA or died in combat. The monument was dedicated in 2017 with donations of $83,000 from the community. It has become a focal point for local school students and educators in Clay County. Pre-Covid 2019, I had met with 850 students and over 90 educators, who came to the monument as part of their required history studies. Thus far this year, I have met with more than 30 clerks of the Court from the State of Florida to explain its history and relevance.

Having completed a two-year term (2018-2021) as 2nd Vice President for the Florida State Council, I am currently serving as 1st Vice President, Florida State Council. I also serve as Chairman of the Florida Veterans Assistance Foundation; member of the National Veterans Incarcerated Committee; Chairman of the Florida State Council Veterans Incarcerated Committee; and Chairman of the Florida State Council Logistics Committee.