FRA National President 1988 – 1989 FRA Past National President (PNP) John Archie Punteney joined the staff of the Supreme Commander on June 22, 2012.
PNP Punteney was born the son of a Sailor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and attended Navy Sound School following his recruit training. During his nearly 26 years in the service, he attained the rate of Master Chief Sonar Technician and was also a qualified submariner. Punteney transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1972 and was placed on the retired list in 1977.
Shipmate Archie first joined the FRA in 1953, but active duty service took him away from the FRA for a time. He reinstated his membership in 1968 and remained a continuous member of FRA Branch 50 (Charleston, S.C.) until the time of his death. As an FRA shipmate, Punteney held leadership positions at the branch, regional and national levels. He served on Branch 50’s board of directors for 15 consecutive years, as branch president for four consecutive terms and chaired every branch committee at one point or another. He also served on all regional committees and chaired many of them, and also served on several national and convention committees over the years. His FRA leadership roles included Southeast Regional Vice President and President, National Vice President and National President.
National President Punteney believed in a strong, comprehensive national defense posture that would serve as a deterrent to conflict with other nations. He advocated a top-notch Sea Service manned by motivated and qualified personnel, and he worked to ensure military personnel and their families maintained a standard of living equal to that which they defended for other Americans. During his tenure as national president, the FRA defeated proposals to impose user fees and copayments in military medical facilities, successfully fought to gain citizenship for Filipino service members and the repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act that would have increased taxes for senior citizens. In addition to FRA’s legislative success, the Association also fulfilled its $1 million pledge to the Navy Memorial Foundation and its commission of “The Homecoming” statue during Punteney’s term of office.
PNP Archie will be remembered for his teasing nature and warm heart that were sometimes masked by a gruff exterior. FRA offers its sincere sympathies to Shipmate Past National President Punteney’s family.