Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Colonel Maxwell Spencer Colón Elected National Commander

Summer 2014

Colonel Maxwell Spencer Colón (Col. US Army Retired) of La Costa, CA was elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) at its 119th Annual National Convention in Charleston, SC on August 22, 2014.

National Commander Colón is a retired Army Colonel with 32 years of service who served in the Armed Forces of the USA on active duty, Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard. He held numerous staff assignments, but his favorite was as Commander of the Honest John Rocket Firing Battery. He was called to active duty during Vietnam and served on the SOCOM staff/J-9 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is a graduate of five senior military war universities and was appointed as the first Director of Race Relations/Equal Opportunity for the New York Army Reserves Command (77th ARCOM). National Commander Colón also served as the Project Director of the 77th ARCOM for ‘Operation Liberty,’ the largest recruiting drive ever conducted in the New York City area.

He worked at Rikers Island, the Bronx House of Detention, and the Manhattan House of Detention as a New York City Corrections Captain.National Commander Colón supervised and coordinated all activities of a large maximum security correctional facility, and was responsible for the operational functions of staff supervisors, numerous officers and civilian personnel, and hundreds of inmates. He retired in 1986 after more than 20 years of service.

National Commander Colón is a penologist with a civilian education that includes a BS from the University of the State of New York, a MPS from Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus), and a Post Graduate Certificate from Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) with a Security Administration Award. He is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Epsilon Beta honor societies.

In January of 1990, National Commander Colón joined the Jewish War Veterans, North County Post 385 in San Diego, CA. He was elected Senior Vice Commander from 1991-93, Post Commander from 1993-96, South Coast District Council Commander from 1995-98, and Department of California Commander from 1998-99. While he was Post Commander, National Commander Colón worked to recruit new affiliates and increased membership from 22 to 118 members. As Council Commander, membership went up 25 percent, and as Department Commander membership rose almost 14 percent. He is a Life member of JWV and his wife, Linda Sue, a Past Auxiliary President, is a Life member of Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary (JWVA).

National Commander Colón has received numerous awards at the Post, Council, Department, and National levels of JWV. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Murray L. Rosen Award, which is bestowed upon a member of JWV who, through his work on behalf of veterans, Jews, and his community, best exemplifies the ideals and aspirations of the organization. In 1996 and 2000, he received awards from the National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH) for recruiting over 100 new members. He received the Edward Nappen Award for Outstanding Department Commander in 1998-1999, and Lifestyles Magazine described him as an indefatigable Veteran and life achiever in their 1999 Winter Edition.

National Commander Colón was born and raised in East Bronx, NY. He moved to the West Bronx and soon after met Linda Sue, his wife of 48 years. They later moved to California and currently reside in La Costa, CA. They had four children, son, Craig Scott, and daughters, Jodi Dyan, Risa Ixchel, and Karyn Danielle. Risa passed away in 2003 at the age of 27. They have two grandchildren Alexa Sarah and Jake Harrison.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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