Jodrey nominated for CIB National Commander
The outgoing Combat Infantrymen’s Association National Commander, Bill Cross, has nominated VFW Post 8736 Commander Jerry Jodrey to be the next National Commander of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association.
The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) is an award of the United States Army which is presented to those officers, warrant officers and enlisted soldiers, in the grade of Colonel and below, who participate in active ground combat while assigned as a member of an infantry or Special Forces unit, brigade or smaller size.
“Jerry would assume a two-year term as National Commander from mid-October of this year to mid-October 2014,” said Combat Infantrymen’s Association Ohio Commander Chris Callen. “Vote tabulation will be in October. As it stands right now Jerry looks to be the clear front-runner. The National Commander post would be a tremendous benefit to both Post 8736 and to Sunbury.”
Jodrey, who has been a Veterans of Foreign Wars member since 1966, entered the military in 1963 as an infantryman and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
Jodrey is a recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart (wounded twice), a Combat Infantry Badge, a Medal of Gallantry from the Republic of Vietnam’s government, plus numerous other soldier’s commendation medals.
Following his tour of duty in Vietnam Jodrey remained in the Army, before retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1990.
Jodrey is fairly low-key about serving as Post 8736 Commander, noting instead the post membership’s involvement in the local community and continued support of active military personnel and military veterans.
“The Sunbury VFW has been very active in service and community support events since 1974 when it came into existence with 25 charter members,” Jodrey said during a November interview. “Today the post has 278 members who have dedicated themselves to community service for the families and schools in our area. I’m just a fraction of that effort.”
Jodrey noted that in addition to supporting the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial and local schools, Post 8736 members recently provided upgrades to Veteran’s Memorial on Sunbury Village Square and have been working with the Rosecrans Headquarters Unit to get a bronze equestrian statue of Maj. Gen. William Starke Rosecrans placed on the square.
Post 8736 also supports Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day activities, is home to the Combat Infantry Badge Association Region 7 Headquarters, and also home of the Chris Callen Foundation that supports needy military families.
“Post 8736 is always out there looking for veterans and active military folks who need help,” Jodrey said. “And we have a very active Ladies Auxiliary that supports our community and helps take care of needy families. Service to the community — that’s what we’re all about.”
In addition to being the founder of the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, Jodrey is also a 2012 All-State VFW Commander and a 2012 All-American VFW Commander.