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The Flag and General Officers' Network



Missions


To provide a social and War Veteran's network for all Flag and General Officers of the U. S. Armed Forces, active duty, Guard & Reserve, and retired.  TFGON is operated BY Flag & General Officers FOR Flag & General Officers.  Since all Flag and General Officers have served in uniform for 30+ years, all qualify as War Veterans as defined by the IRS.

Sub-Missions include:
  • fostering and promoting continued military war veteran comradery among the membership
  • support for veteran’s memorial ceremonies and observations, and 
  • support for the widows and orphans of fellow war veterans.


  • History of TFGON


    TFGON began in 1995 as an informal social networking group formed by Navy Retired Rear Admirals Charles "Chuck" McGrail, a naval aviator, and James "Jim" Carey, a naval surface warfare officer.  The initial purpose was to simply maintain and retain the friendships and war veteran’s camaraderie that all of us experienced during our military careers and to expand those friendships and networks into the other services for those of us that did not have the opportunity to meet fellow flag and general officers of the other services during our days in uniform.  This small and hearty band of warriors experienced steady growth and a wonderful comradery until Chuck McGrail’s untimely death, whereupon the organization "took a rest" for several years.  Quarterly networking receptions were resumed in 2005 at the request of the membership, and steady and increasing growth has continued since.  With this increased size and growth, a more formal organizational structure was formed in 2008 and TFGON was officially incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a not-for-profit war veterans’ organization.

    Governance


    TFGON is an approved IRS 501.c.19 War Veterans Organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and as such is eligible for tax-deductible donations and is authorized to engage in active participation with the U. S. Congress and the federal government on all matters related to the U. S. Armed Forces, national defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs.  TFGON is managed, administered, and operated by an elected Board of Directors and elected and appointed officers. The board consists of one member from each of the 5 military services plus an elected Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer as corporate officers and one Vice Chairman each from the five armed services.

    Members

    TFGON members and retired Flag and General Officers are serving across the nation in senior positions in government, in industry, and in the community.

    On the home page, see the "Members"  tab for the following:
  • A Notable Members in senior positions in government
  • A list of TFGON members who have been awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Access to biographies of Flag and General Officers, both active and retired 
  • A directory of TFGON members with contact information
  •        (available only to TFGON members)

    To see an extensive list of TFGON members who have agreed to act as liaisons within their respective organizations, see the Info tab on 
    the home page, and click on Connections. (available only toTFGON members)


    Board of Directors



    Jim Carey
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    National Chairman
    John Dubia
    Lieutenant General [Ret.] 
    ARMY Board Member
    & ARMY Vice Chairman
    Jack W. Klimp
    Lieutenant General [Ret.] 
    USMCklimpj@aol.com
    James B. Godwin III
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    NAVY gibgodwin@gmail.com







    Robert Wray
    Rear Admiral[Ret.] 
    VCHMN: NAVY
    Mark Beesley
    Brigadier General [Ret.]
    Board Member
    Ted F. Bowlds
    Lieutenant General [Ret.]
    VCHMN: USAF
    Norm Saunders
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    Board Member: USCG







    Jeff Hathaway
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    VCHMN: USCG
    Donna Barbisch,USA
    Major General [Ret.]
    Board Member at Large
    Kirk Foster, JAGC, US NAVY
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    Corporate Secretary
    Donald P. Loren, USN
    Rear Admiral [Ret.]
    Treasurer & Board Member