Largest AZ VFW to honor Past National Commander-in-Chief in renaming ceremony

Largest AZ VFW to honor Past National Commander-in-Chief in renaming ceremony

SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In a unanimous vote by its membership, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 9972 (3rd largest in the world) moved to rename their post in honor of the late James R. "Bob" Currieo.

A member of Post 9972 for more than 50 years, Currieo was the first Arizonan to be elected the National Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1982.

To help celebrate this significant occasion, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Vincent "B.J." Lawrence (Lawrence Bio) will visit the Sierra Vista Post.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in education, Currieo joined the Army in 1951 and retired at the rank of Sergeant Major in 1973 after 22 years. He served in the Korean War with the 3rd AAA (Automatic Weapons) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division from February 1952 to April 1953. Currieo spent significant time at Fort Huachuca as chief instructor of the U.S. Combat Surveillance School and joined Post 9972 in 1962 when the post was only four years old. He held many offices at the post, district and state levels, culminating in his 1972 election as VFW's Arizona State Commander.

After his 1982-83 term as Commander-in-Chief, Currieo continued to support the veteran community with his appointment to the VA Administrator and his later work on the staff of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from 1987-89. In 1989 he was appointed to the VFW Political Action Committee and in 1994 was appointed the executive director of VFW's Washington Office for two years. After his tenure on the VFW staff in Washington, he returned to Arizona where he rejoined McCain's staff until he fully retired in 2013.

As of 1982, no Arizonan had yet risen to the top spot in any major Veteran Service Organization, and few have achieved that honor since. However, Currieo's decades of service to our nation and the men and women who defend her is unparalleled. As a teenager, Currieo entered the Army and his support to the nation and veterans lasted more than 70 years.

The Sierra Vista VFW plans to honor Currieo and his family at a 6 p.m. dinner and ceremony on March 31, 2018 at the post home.

Information on or reservations for the ceremony can be obtained by contacting the newly renamed James R. "Bob" Currieo VFW Post 9972 at (520) 458-9972 or by email

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