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The Officers of the Rhode Island Department are elected by the governing body of the Department, the Annual Department Encampment, each April, as proscribed in the Department Bylaws.


Elected Department Officers

Department Commander
Senior Vice Commander
Junior Vice Commander

Joseph Faiola, PCC

Benjamin J. Frail, PDC


Stephen Hackett, PDC

Department Council #1

Leo F. Kennedy, PCinC

Department Council #2

James P. McGuire, PDC

Department Council #3

Geoffrey Gardner, PCC

Appointed Department Officers
Chief of Staff

Geoffrey Gardner, PCC

Department Patriotic Instuctor

Michael J. Stewart, PCC

Department Chaplain

Alan W. Head

Department Graves Registration Officer

James P. McGuire, PDC

Department Archivist

Bruce Frail, PDC

Department Historian

Bruce Frail, PDC

Department Counselor

Leo F. Kennedy, PCinC

Department GAR Highway Officer and Eagle Scout Coordinator

John A. Connor, PCC

Department Guard

Department Guide

Mark Brelsford

Department Color Bearers

Michael Alves, PCC

Department Memorials & Monuments Officer/Membership Officer

Benjamin Frail, PDC

Signals Officer
James P. McGuire, PDC

Assistant Webmaster – Social Media
Benjamin Frail, PDC


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