George E. Harley
George recently joined the leadership team of TCVO. He is a career soldier who retired from the Army in 1992 with the rank of Colonel after 26 plus years of active duty service.
His career included command assignments from company to brigade level with oversea duty positions in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.
He also served at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. on the staff of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G4), in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Logistics Directorate (J4) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. George attended all military officer educational institutions up to and including the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC) plus three other achievement medals.
Upon his retirement of the Army 2009 George joined SRA International, a Defense consulting firm headquartered in Northern Virginia. He was hired as an senior logistics
subject matter expert and advanced to positions as project manager, account manager and business programs director.
George relocated to Austin in 2007 and worked as the SRA Director of Operations in San Antonio for two years before retiring in 2009.
Veteran Organizations Affiliations:
Military Officers Association of America (Life Member)
Austin Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.(Vice President for Legislative Affairs)
Association of United States Army (AUSA)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Vietnam Veterans of America
Since joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2000, John Spahr has held numerous leadership positions and appointments in the Department of Texas. and is a recipient of the prestigious J.T. Rutherford Award given to the top members of the Department of Texas. John was elected as the VFW Department of Texas State Commander in 2011-2012 and led 81,000 combat veterans in Texas. He is a recipient of the prestigious J.T. Rutherford Award given to the top members of the Department of Texas.
John has also served on a number of committees both at the Department and the National levels. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Texas Budget and Finance Committee and is in his fifth year serving as Chairman of the State Legislative Committee. John has been the Mediation Officer in a number of Mediation Hearings and has served as President of a Disciplinary Hearing here in Texas. At the National level, he is serving his fifth term as a member of the National Legislative Committee and travels to Washington DC twice a year to speak with United States Senators and Congressmen on what the VFW wants from Congress. The experience that he has gained at both the State and National levels make him uniquely qualified to represent our Department and our veterans.
In addition to his many VFW activities, John is also serves as Volunteer Coordinator for Honor Flight Austin, a program that provides all expense trips to Washington DC for our veterans. He is also associated with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation which provides free flights to Senior Veterans in a Boeing Stearman biplane. John most enjoys speaking to others about the VFW, Honor Flight Austin and the AADF. In the past fifteen years he has addressed countless organizations, associations, groups, State Legislative Committees and sub-committees, United States Senators and Congressmen. He is passionate about the VFW and the other organizations he serves with and proud to tell everyone about the wonderful things these organizations do.
John and Sue, his wife of forty years, live in Georgetown.