Group photo of the New Haven Veterans, the combined American Legion New Haven Post 210 and VFW New Haven Post 12150, after the Oct. 2022 Touch A Veteran Night Charity Fundraiser.

VFW New Haven Elects 2023 Officers


NEW HAVEN, CONN. (April 13, 2023)–The largest veterans service organization in the Elm City has elected their 2023-2024 officers.

East Haven resident Bryan Standish was elected Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States New Haven Post 12150 at the April 14, 2023 monthly meeting. Standish, who is a charter and life member of the post, served in the Connecticut Army National Guard in the Headquarters Headquarters Company of the 192nd Military Police Battalion. He earned his VFW eligibility serving in Iraq from 2009-2010. Commander-Elect Standish is a 2011 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and is currently working in renewable energy.

Additionally elected was: Kristofor Rohrbaugh as Sr. Vice Commander; Rob Massicotte as Jr. Vice Commander; Derek Torrellas as Quartermaster; and Charise Hewitt as 3-year trustee. Commander-Elect Standish also announced a number of appointees including: James Namnoum as Chaplain; Derek Torrellas as Adjutant; Gabor Kautzner as Service Officer; Rob Clark as Judge Advocate; George J. Vereene as Surgeon; Robert Kukiel as Officer of the Day; and Mary B Muzzulin as Guard. Standish and the other elected officers and appointees will be sworn in at the May monthly meeting.

Outgoing Commander Charles M. Pickett announced his candidacy for the 2023 VFW Department of Connecticut Jr. Vice Commander position and is moving on from his non-consecutive five-year tenure as Post 12150 commander and his consecutive four-year term as VFW District 2 (New Haven County) commander.

Chartered on June 11, 2015, the “new generation” VFW New Haven was formed by largely Post-9/11 veterans attending Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Gateway Community College (GCC), the University of New Haven (UNH), Quinnipiac University (QU), Yale University, and war veterans from the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment of the Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG).

The VFW New Haven Post 12150 meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:10 p.m. at the Knights of St. Patrick (1533 State Street, New Haven, CT 06513). To join the VFW, a veteran must have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States and in a foreign war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters.


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