James F. Wade Sr.
State Commander - Army

James F. Wade Sr.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Department Commander of the State of Maryland

James entered the United States Army on April 4, 1981 and was honorably discharged on April 30,
2003. As a Personnel Sergeant, his tours of duty included Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and
various other Overseas and U.S. locations.

James earned his eligibility for the VFW with the United States Army 44th Engineer, Combat Heavy,
Kimpo Airport, Korea, and also, from being stationed in Saudi Arabia under hazardous duty and
imminent danger conditions. As a civilian contractor, he served in Diwaniyah, Iraq where he fought
alongside both military and Blackwater organizations, and also served in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Post Positions:

- Life Member of John W. Trotter-Robert D. Stethem Memorial Post, VFW Post 8810
- All-State Commander in 2016
- Served in other positions of Adjutant, Senior Vice Commander, and Trustee

District Positions:

- Past District 1 Commander
- Served in other positions as District 1 Adjutant; District 1 Jr Vice Commander; and District 1
Senior Vice Commander

Department Positions:

- Department of MD Commander
- Senior Vice Commander
- Junior Vice Commander

Other Organizations:
- Member of Military Order of the Cooties - Pup Tent 21
- Life Member of the VFW National Home
- Member of American Legion Post 293
- Life Member of the AMVETs Post 13
- Life member of Disabled Veterans, Post #36
- Masonic Lodge No. 129 F&AM, PHA
- Member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1709
- Member of Elks Lodge #2332
- Life Member of National Association for Black Veterans
 
James has been married to his wife, Gaylene, for 17 years. They have four children:
 
James Jr. – Entrepreneur, Denver, CO
 
Brittany – Master of Arms serving with the United States Navy
 
Jasmine – Corpsman serving with the United States Navy
 
Jamal – Yeoman with the United States Navy, joining May, 2021
 
And also, his daughter, Monique Young, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, Charlotte, North Carolina

Civilian Life:

- Currently works for the Federal Government for the Bureau of Medicine, United States Navy.
- Have worked for the Federal Government since 2005.
 
Education:

- Bachelor Degree Bible Studies/Theology at Calvary Christian College
- Bachelor Degree in Management at University of Maryland University College
- Masters Degree in Management at University of Maryland University College

Military Awards Include:

- Meritorious Service Award 3rd Award
- Army Commendation Medal 3rd Award
- Joint Service Achievement Medal 3nd Award
- Army Achievement Medal 3rd Award
- Army Good Conduct Medal 7th Award
- National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award
- Overseas Service Medal 5th Award
- Korean Defense Service Medal
- Multinational Forces and Observers Medal
- Air Assault Badge
- Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar
- US Army Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphire Achievement Stars