EDWARD “MAC” McGLYNN Our Commander, Edward “Mac” McGlynn, resides in Goodyear, Arizona. He joined the U.S. Army in 1963. As a United States Army Paratrooper, he was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam in 1968-1969 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and a second tour in1970-1972 with MACSOG 36A. Patriot McGlynn served as Chapter 691, Adjutant, from 2015 to present, Senior Vice Commander 2016-2017, and Chapter Commander, 2017. Patriot McGlynn served as Department Inspector 2016-2017, Junior Vice Commander 2017-2018 and currently serves as Commander, and National Aide De Camp. He received the Department Distinguished Service award in 2017. Patriot McGlynn was honored with the National Americanism Award, Department Officer of the Year 2014-2015.
DEPARTMENT JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER
Our Department Junior Vice Commander, Ian Parkinson was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and enlisted in the Army in 2009. After OSUT and airborne school at Ft. Benning, Parkinson spent a year in S. Korea, and then in 2011 deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the Spring of 2011 as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division. While on patrol Parkinson stepped on an IED inflicting a number of wounds, most notably taking off both legs above the knee. Since medically retiring the Army in 2013, Parkinson has pursued a career in website development; a job that he has devoted more than 10 years to professionally.
Our Department Adjutant was born in Marysville, MO on February 20, 1949 and raised in Lexington, NE. He enlisted in the US Army on December 9, 1968 completing basic training at Fort Polk, LA; received a Reserve Officer’s commission from the Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK on February 20, 1970. He was assigned as a Forward Observer in 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery, 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) when he received the Purple Heart December 12, 1970 for wounds received during a night assault operation. Larry commanded and deployed the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Support Squadron to Desert Storm. Larry held staff officer positions at battalion, brigade, division, and Department of the Army. He commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and retired after 28 years on July 1, 1976. After retiring, Larry spent 17 years as a Project Manager for a Logistics Management Software Development company. He met and married his wife, Kay in 1972 while stationed at Fort Campbell. They currently reside in the Corte Bella subdivision of Sun City West.
DEPARTMENT FINANCE OFFICER
Our Department Finance Officer, Ron Capek was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, with service in Vietnam as a Combat Infantryman, 1968-1969. He is a retired building inspector for City of Peoria, AZ. Ron was active in Boy Scouts for 25 years and was a Scoutmaster/Assistant S.M. while attending 4 National Jamborees.
Patriot Capek is also an Arizona Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2012; and for the past 3 years served as the Secretary of the AZ Hall of Fame Society. Through the Joe Foss Institute; he is a Veteran that visits schools to promote Patriotism and empowers the youth to become loyal citizens of the United States of America.
He is a past Department Commander of AZ (2011-2013) and was the Chapter 691 Commander for 8 years (2006-2014).
DEPARTMENT JUDGE ADVOCATE
Our Department Judge Advocate, Peter Haas, enlisted in the Army in 1951 and was assigned to the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was wounded September 14, 1951 during the Korean War.
Peter was honored as Patriot of the Year in 2015. He also received the
Distinguished Service Award from Chapter 790 in 2011 and another Distinguished Service Award from the Deprtment of Arizona in 2015.
Patriot Haas joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2003. He has held every post in Chaper 790. Peter was elected Commander in 2003 and held the position for 3 years. He was elected as the Department of Arizona Judge Advocate in 2009 and has faithfully served in that position ever since.
DEPARTMENT SERGEANT AT ARMS / AMERICANISM OFFICER
Our Department Sergeant at Arms and Americanism Officer, Frank Giroux is a native Arizonan. Frank was born in Tucson and raised in the Mineral Creek Mining District towns of Ray-Sonora. His family settled Arizona beginning 1883, developing interest in mining, cattle and education based at Mayer-Prescott. Graduating Ray High School 1964, Frank attended Arizona State College (NAU) at Flagstaff and after 5 semesters enlisted in the U.S. Army. Service in Viet Nam July 1967- January 1969 and then as an instructor at Ft Leonard Wood until January 1970.
Frank received his BS in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1973 where he was the founding President of the Iota Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. Upon graduation from ASU, Frank worked in the Petrochemical Industry for 21 years managing customer accounts, traveling and living across the United States.
He is a past Commander of the Ft Lowell Chapter 442, currently resides with extended family on a small cattle ranch and, in addition to assisting fellow veterans and the local community, pursues interest in fine art stone sculpting.