Hudson VFW Elects First Female Commander

June 29, 2018

 

Commander Christina Madden holds the gavel for her first meeting in charge of Hudson VFW Post 5791.

courtesy of Glenn Della-Monica

Hudson Memorial VFW Post 5791 is honored to announce that it has elected its first female commander in the history of the Post. Taking command this month is Christina Madden of Hudson.

Christina, whose service in Korea qualified her for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, also has another gender-related distinction related to military service. She was in the second-to-last class of WACs, members of the Women’s Army Corps. Her class and the next class were commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army immediately after graduation.

She served in the Transportation Corps at Fort Eustis and Fort Pickett in Virginia before attending the Transportation Officer Basic Course (Phase II), where she was the Distinguished Graduate. Her next stop was in the 2nd Service and Transportation Battalion, Second Infantry Division, in Korea as a platoon leader from 1978 to 1979. Her last assignment in the Army was in 1980, where she was an instructor at West Point.

Commander Madden says she wants to continue the recruitment effort at the Hudson Post. She wants to recruit more younger veterans from the Gulf War to current returnees from the Global War on Terrorism. The modern VFW has a lot to offer veterans and their families, and she’s going to make a concerted effort to let vets know what the VFW can do for them. This year will again have free BBQ rib nights for veterans and their families along with the Annual Veterans Appreciation Picnic at the Hudson Fish and Game Club.

Christina is active with the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary, serves as a member of the Sparkling River Condominium Association Board, and volunteers with the Friends of Benson Park.

Membership in the VFW is a family affair, too. Her husband, John, is serving this year as the Post 5791 chaplain.

Christina wants both men and women vets who have served overseas during times of conflict to know that the VFW is a relevant and vital organization dedicated to serving vets and the community at large. Last year alone the Post raised more than $20,000 for charity, helped veterans with food, clothing, and shelter, and provided a temporary home for the Hudson Thanksgiving Dinner project that fed over 200 families.

Those veterans who have served in any conflict that earned them a campaign ribbon or other qualifying medal, come and check out the Post. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 15 Bockes Road, Hudson. Commander Madden will be happy to greet you.