July 21, 2017

Welcome to Post 77!

About the Post

In this era of both instant communication and multiple deployments to far-flung locations, JWV has established its first online Post to accommodate the needs of today’s military and veterans. Through our online Post, Jewish service members and veterans in even the most remote locations will be able to join with their comrades in a virtual Post that will promote the JWV ideal to be of “greater service to our country and to one another,” as outlined in the preamble to the JWV Constitution. The new virtual Post is named after two American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal of the Coast Guard, who died in Iraq on April 24, 2004, and 1st LT Roslyn Schulte of the Air Force, who died in Afghanistan on May 20, 2009.

National Commander

COL Carl A. Singer, USA, Retired

Carl_Singer_smallThe Jewish War Veterans of the USA is thrilled to announce that COL Carl A. Singer was elected as National Commander at the 121st Annual National Convention in Savannah, GA.

A member of Post 133 in New Jersey for almost 30 years, Carl is dedicated to volunteering in both the veterans’ and Jewish communities. “It is truly an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many who have come before.  Their insight and hard work have carried us through thick and thin. I am also happy to be working alongside Linda Colon, the new Ladies Auxiliary National President,” he said.

Carl was born on a westbound freight train along the Polish/Ukrainian border.  After spending time in Displaced Persons Camps he came to this golden land of opportunity at age three and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Carl now lives in Passaic, New Jersey.

Drafted in 1970, he served with an elite “mini-staff” in the Army Chief of Staff’s Office, attaining the rank of Specialist 5 (SP5).  He was then awarded a direct commission to First Lieutenant.  He also served with the Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and at TRADOC, the Training and Doctrine Command.  Carl’s last assignment was at the U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership where, for 10 years, he directed a team of colonels supporting the annual Strategic Crisis Exercise.  He is a graduate of both the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  His awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.  He retired as an Army Colonel with 31 years of service.

Upon moving to New Jersey, he received mail intended for the previous occupant of his home regarding a JWV Post meeting.  Inspired, Carl joined Post 133 and under the guidance of many members, including the late Arnold Sweet, he became Post Commander and later County and then District Commander, before going up the chairs to become Department Commander.  Carl also serves on the Legislative Breakfast Committee – leading the team that produces the annual “Agenda of Concerns” booklet.  He currently is co-chair of the New Jersey Department Convention Committee.  Annually, Carl also coordinates the New Jersey delegation’s “March on the Hill” and schedules meetings with both of New Jersey’s Senators and all 12 Representatives in Washington, D.C.  He maintains contact throughout the year as necessary to assure awareness of key issues impacting the military, veterans, and the State of Israel.  Carl is also a life member of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and serves on its Board of Directors.

Carl has enjoyed a varied and interesting professional career.  He was a Vice President with the Enterprise Program Management Office at the Bank of New York Mellon, where he provided oversight and guidance to critical Information Technology projects.  Carl also served as a consultant to the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Washington think tank.  He previously served as a senior consulting faculty member at IBM’s Advanced Business Institute (ABI) where he focused on issues related to effective management.  Carl was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research.  He also served as a Foreign Exchange forecaster at Chase Econometrics and was a consultant to the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Carl and his wife, Miriam, a Professor in the Department of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, have been married for 39 years and have three sons. They are blessed with five grandchildren, ranging from ages two to eleven.

A lifelong learner, Carl recently completed an M.S. degree in Homeland Security at Fairleigh Dickenson University with a focus on Terrorism and Cyber Security.  Additionally, he has a B.S. in Organizational Science from Case Institute of Technology and did graduate work there in Operations Research.  He has an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

Carl volunteers for many organizations in addition to his work with JWV, including Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve where he is County Chairperson. He is President of the Passaic-Clifton Jewish Memorial Chapel – a community run, not-for-profit funeral home, and is on the board of the Talmudic Yeshiva of Philadelphia.

We wish Carl a successful year!