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State Commander Rick Bugbee turns over the reigns

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

RELEASE DATE: June 8th 2018

Department of Minnesota VFW Year in Review

State Commander Rick Bugbee turns over the reigns

Brooklyn Park, MN June 8th 2018 Richard Bugbee will be ending his term as Department Commander for the Minnesota VFW at Marriot Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN


Rick Bugbee earned his eligibility in the VFW in 1969 will serving in the Air Force as a Morse Code intercept Operator in the Far East. He joined Fergus Falls VFW Post 612 becoming a life member in 1977. He has served as Committee chair on various committees before 1992 when he took over as the chair of the Department Senior Activities and in 2003 took on the chair for the Special Olympics Softball program. Rick’s full Bio is attached at end of this Press Release.

Under Rick Bugbee’s leadership over the last year the Department of Minnesota VFW recorded a total of $2,709,385 in community service projects and donations, comprised of 91,359 members contributing 480,580 total hours of volunteer work to assist Veterans and their local community.

Rick will continue to serve as the Youth Activities Chairman and the State

Baseball Chairman, two VFW programs that serve youth throughout Minnesota, and are Rick’s lifelong passion.

Past National Commander in Chief John Moon will be attending this weekend’s 99th Department of Minnesota VFW Convention at the Marriot Northwest in Brooklyn Park to conduct the installation of the new Department of Minnesota VFW Commander Tomas Hanson. CIC John Moon’s Bio also attached,

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Rick grew up on a farm in the Underwood, Minnesota area. He now resides in the city of Fergus Falls with his wife Sarah. They have two children, Katie, who lives in West Fargo and Zane, who lives in Alexandria. He was employed by the State of Minnesota as a groundskeeper, maintenance worker at the State Hospital in Fergus Falls, and the last five years as the custodial supervisor at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. He retired in 2005 and resumed his locksmithing business that he started in 1982. He also drives motorcoach for Minn-Dakota coaches of Fergus Falls.

Rick joined the Air Force while still in high school in 1968. He spent six months training in Mississippi to be a Morse Code Intercept Operator. In June of 1969 he was sent to the Far East to copy air craft transmissions. He was discharged in 1972.

He joined VFW Post 612 of Fergus Falls and then became a Life member there in 1977. In 2018 he transferred to Dilworth Post 1223. He served as various committee chairmen before 1992 when he took over as the chairman of the Department Senior Activities committee. In 2003 he was also give the chairmanship of the Special Olympics Softball program (was changed to Gifted Softball). In 2004, he was asked to replace Jerry Sanborn as the Youth Activities Chairman. He also took over the State Baseball program prior to 2014 when he was elected as the State Judge Advocate, He continued to advance in the chairs of the department. In 2015 he stepped down as the Youth Chairman to concentrate on the department officer position. In 2017 he was elected to the office of State Commander, he again took over the Youth Activities program.

Rick will continue to serve as the Youth Activities Chairman and the State Baseball Chairman when Tom Hanson is sworn in as our next State Commander. With the changes in the programs he has suggested that the Veterans Activities program and the Youth Program to be one committee. Many of the events that we do can be joined so that our youth can participate and honor veterans by doing them together.

John E. Moon

Commander-in-Chief – 1997-1998

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

John E. Moon was elected VFW Commander-in-Chief at the organization’s 98th National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 21, 1997.

Moon served in the United States Marine Corps from July 1968 to July 1970. While stationed in Vietnam, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. In recognition of his service he received the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.

He joined the VFW in April 1970 at Post 5665, Sherwood, Ohio. He served two terms as Post Commander there. He then transferred to VFW Post 2873, Grover Hill, where he remains active today. He served three years as Post Commander and attained All-State honors for two years. He has served at the County Council level and has served as District Commander.

At the Department level, he has served as chairman of several committees, including legislation, membership, Vietnam veterans, National Home, and the Ohio Caravan Chairman that visits the VFW National Home every year. He was an All American Department Commander for the year 1987-1988 and was elected to the National Council of Administration in 1988.

National appointments have included chairman of the Veterans Service committee, National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Americanism committee and assignments to the POW/MIA, Budget and Finance, Veterans Service, Legislative committees and Civil Service and Employment.

Moon attended Northwest State College, where he earned degrees in Business Management and Human Resources. In 2001, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the college. He retired from the United States Department of Labor as an Assistant Director of Veterans Employment and Training Services. In 2003 Moon received the Seven Seals Distinguished Service Citation from the Employment Support Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Organization. In 2005 he was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his work for veterans and his community.

He holds other memberships in the DAV, AMVETS, American Legion, and Marine Corps League. He served for 16 years as the mayor of Grover Hill, Ohio.

He is married to the former Susan Golliver; the Moons have four children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.