VFW Pelican Post 1383
Klamath Falls, Oregon

515 Klamath Ave., Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 882-0054

Pelican Post #1383 2019 - 2020 Officers

Commander: Noko Herrera
Nokowhat “Noko” Douglas Herrera LTC, USA (retired) began his army career in 1983. He was enlisted for 5 years before receiving his commission as a chemical officer through OCS in 1988. He was both a Battalion and Brigade Chemical Biological Radiation Nuclear (CBRNE) officer before transferring to the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion and later the 351st Civil Affairs Command. He first deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997 as a Tactical Support Team (TST) Leader with the 1st Infantry Division, and in 2003 deployed with the 2nd Infantry Division as a Civil Affairs Team (CAT-A 621) leader in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, MAJ Herrera’s CAT-A was one of the first elements to enter Samarra, Iraq, with the 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Infantry Division. In 2009 He organized and developed a Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) Team specifically tailored to support the 1st Theater Support Command’s Humanitarian Operation Center (HOC) in Kuwait. In 2010 he was the first Installation Emergency Manager for Tobyhanna Army Depot where he developed and executed the Installation Emergency Management Plan/Program.  He then volunteered for Afghanistan with the 82ndAirborne Infantry Division and assumed the duties of Deputy Director of the Joint Border Coordination Center (JBCC). He completed his tour and was asked to remain with the 3rd Infantry Division as the Commanders Emergency Relief Program (CERP) “Chief” at headquarters Regional Command (South). He also saw overseas duty in Honduras, Japan, and Korea. His awards include the Combat Action Badge, 2 Bronze Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, 2 NATO Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Army Meritorious Unit Award. He completed over 32 years of service to the army. Noko is currently the State Sergeant at Arms for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) OR-29 and is employed as a Case Manager for Supportive Services for Veterans Families at Community Action Partnership of Oregon and resides with his wife; Vicki of 30 years in Klamath Falls.
Senior Vice Commander: Ken Waters
Junior Vice Commander: David Silvius


Adjutant: Melanie Heap
Melanie received her commission in 1988 from the ROTC program at Oregon Institute of Technology. She served in the Army from October 1989 to December 1993. During this period she was stationed in Augsburg Germany and deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm from December 1990 to May 1991 as a Water Purification And Graves Registration Platoon Leader.

Melanie has been a member of the VFW since 2012 and is a life member.

She is a recent graduate of KCC obtaining an Associate of Applied  Science in Culinary Arts.
Quartermaster: Chris Molineaux

In 2014, Chris retired from the military with 22 years of total service. He served 8 years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in January 1995. After a four-year break in service, he enlisted in the Oregon Air National Guard in October 1999 and served 14 years. While in the Navy, he was a Hull Maintenance Technician stationed onboard the USS Dixon (AS-37) homeported at Subbase Ballast Point in San Diego, CA. In the Oregon ANG, Chris worked as an Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technician at Kingsley Field. During his military career, he served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Southern Watch and participated in Operation Noble Eagle.

Chris has been a member of the VFW since 2018.

He graduated from Klamath Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science in Accounting.

Chris and his wife Karen enjoy traveling and spending time at the Coast whenever possible. He is also the proud father of five amazing children and two granddaughters.

Chaplain: Ben Quen

Chaplain (Major) Jacob Scott received a commission as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers through ROTC at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota in 1998. Chaplain Scott served for just over seven years on active duty. His assignments included: Taegu, Korea; the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas – with two tours in Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left active duty in 2005 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves in St. Louis. He earned the Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in May 2010. In 2011, he was called to serve as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Klamath Falls, where he began serving with the 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard. He deployed to Afghanistan with 1-82 CAV in 2014-2015. He still serves in the National Guard as the Brigade Chaplain for the 82nd Brigade, Camp Withycombe, Oregon.

He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff Officer Course. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. John’s (1998) and a Master of Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (2003). Chaplain Scott has been a Life Member of the VFW since 2003 (Post 8729, Lake City, Minnesota). 

Chaplain Scott was born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota. He married Christine (Sproat), a native of North Carolina, in 2010. They have made their home in Klamath Falls, Oregon, since 2011. After the Church and the National Guard, he enjoys spending time running, reading, playing with Finegan (his black lab therapy dog), enjoying Oregon craft beer, and Christine’s cooking.

In 2006 Ben retired from the military with 22 years of service. He served 4 years (1966-1970) in the Marine Corps, and 18 years (1988-2006) in the California Air National Guard. While in the Marines, he was a Jet Mechanic/Crew Chief and Duty Section Chief. Ben served 18 months in Vietnam and endured the ‘Tet Offensive’ of 1968.  In the Guard Ben was a Communications Engineer and a member of the Base Honor Guard, serving as Superintendent of both branches. During his military he served in of Vietnam, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Nobel Eagle.

Ben has been a Life Member of the VFW since 2002. He’s was previously the Post Chaplain for and serves as a member of the Color Guard. Ben also serves as the Marine Corps League Detachment and Department of Oregon Chaplain.

In 2004, Ben retired from his civilian job after working 33 years in the High Tech Communications Industry. Ben and his wife Karen moved from California to Klamath Falls in 2006. They spend much of their time volunteering in their Church and community. Their Travel Bucket List is extensive and travel the world whenever they can.

Surgeon: Michael Dockery

Judge Advocate: Melanie Heap
Melanie received her commission in 1988 from the ROTC program at Oregon Institute of Technology. She served in the Army from October 1989 to December 1993. During this period she was stationed in Augsburg Germany and deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm from December 1990 to May 1991 as a Water Purification And Graves Registration Platoon Leader.

Melanie has been a member of the VFW since 2012 and is a life member.

She is a recent graduate of KCC obtaining an Associate of Applied  Science in Culinary Arts.
Sergeant at Arms: Vacant
Trustee 1 year: Ron Ballard


Trustee 2 year: Karen Johnson


Trustee 3 year: Duane Whitehead