Commandant Vic Voltaggio
was born and raised in the southern part of New Jersey and educated in the Vineland public school system. He graduated from Vineland High School in 1959 and entered the Marine Corps in August 1959. Vic graduated as the Honor Graduate of Platoon 156 and upon Graduation was sent to ITR at Camp Geiger. Upon completion of ITR training, Vic reported to Sea Duty Indoctrination School at Portsmouth, Virginia and was ultimately assigned to the USS Little Rock CLG-4 at the port of Philadelphia. Once aboard ship, Vic was assigned to the Admirals Staff of COMCRUDIV IV with the Little Rock serving as the flagship. A young lst Lieutenant by the name of Carl Mundy was the XO of the Marine Detachment aboard the "Rock".
Vic served aboard the Little Rock for approximately ten (10) months and was then assigned to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. A tour with 2nd Recon and a year of training found Vic in Holy Loch, Scotland for training exercises with NATO forces and then back to the states for additional training. Vic then deployed to Okinawa for a year at Camp Schwab and then to the Philippines and eventually Vietnam. Vic served in the Marine Corps until November, 1968 when he returned to New Jersey and began a career in law enforcement. Upon his return to New Jersey, he joined the Marine Corps League. The "Semper Marine" Detachment in Vineland was his first exposure to the League but his work schedule prevented him from being an active member.
During the time Vic was in law enforcement he began to umpire local baseball leagues as a side- line. In 1972 Vic was accepted into the Major League Umpire Development Program and left for school in Florida. The following year Vic entered Professional Baseball as an umpire. He worked in that capacity for 24 years. During his long career he was involved in many meaningful games. In April of 1986, he was the plate umpire when Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox struck out 20 batters in a nine-inning game. Vic was also the plate umpire for three no-hitters during his career. During the 1989 World Series, he was the plate umpire when an 8.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area causing a huge loss of life and damage. Vic retired from the American League at the end of the 1996 season and has never looked back.
Vic and his family relocated from New Jersey to Spring Hill, Florida in 1992. Vic rejoined the Marine Corps League with the Spring Hill Detachment #708 and has been an active member ever since. Vicís first appointed office in the Detachment was as the Quartermaster. He then worked his way through the chairs and became the Detachment Commandant in 2001. During his tenure as Commandant he spearheaded a drive for Spring Hill to attain their own Detachment Home and in 2004 that dream was realized. The Detachment purchased a five-acre plot and by using member financing and labor, built a beautiful Detachment Home. When they started that project, the Detachment had approximately 87 members. Today, the membership exceeds 400 making it the largest Detachment in the Southeast Division. Vic served in several positions at the Department and Division levels. His rise through the chairs at the National level began with his election to the office of National Judge Advocate in 2005. He later served two years as National Junior Vice Commandant and two years as National Senior Vice Commandant of the Marine Corps League. It was during this tenure that Vic was given the assignment of National Training Director. Under his leadership the Mentoring and Professional Development Programs were instituted. Vic has been honored to have been selected as Marine of the Year at the Detachment, Department and National level. Vic holds a Degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University and has written several pieces on Umpiring in the Major Leagues. He also writes a monthly column for UmpireTeacher.com. Vic has conducted umpiring clinics for the Army, Navy and the Air Force and is waiting for the Marine Corps to call for his services. A hobby shooter, Vic is a High Master with the .45 but he just canít beat Past National Commandant Laskey.
Vic is married to the former Janet Sinclair who is an active Marine Corps League Auxiliary member and Past President of the Department of Florida. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.