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LETTER FROM THE COMMANDER
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce myself as your new commander of Joe Barr Post 194 and share my goals and vision for our Post.
My wife Susan and I have lived in Deerfield Township for 11.5 years. We have four kids, Jackson (15), Chase (15), Eliana (10) and Lincoln (8). Susan works at Procter & Gamble. I work as an Organizational Development Consultant, helping organizations improve their leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills. I also teach yoga at Lifetime Fitness.
I was born and raised in Minnesota. After my 2nd year of college, in 1990, I enlisted in the Army Reserves. After my initial entry training I joined my reserve unit and quickly made the decision to join Army ROTC at the University of Minnesota. I graduated and was Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in December of 1993. In January of 1994 I entered Active Duty and attended Chemical Officer Basic Course. Upon completion of my basic course I attended and graduated from Army Ranger and Airborne School. As a lieutenant I served as a Battalion Chemical Officer in a mechanized infantry battalion, a support platoon leader, company executive officer and as the Brigade HHC Company Commander. During this time I also attended and graduated from US Army Pathfinder School. After attending Chemical Officer Advanced Course and Army Combined Arms Services Staff School I was assigned to the III Corps Chemical Staff at Fort Hood, TX before leaving active duty a year later in the fall of 1999.
I transitioned from the Army and worked for Fortune 500 companies in both sales and operations roles. I also worked for a small consulting firm for a couple of years before being a stay at home dad full time for six years. During that time I also worked on the committee that built the Veterans Park in Deerfield Township and was actively involved in The Yellow Ribbon Support Center/Foundation, including serving as a board member. I have also been actively involved in supporting GallantFew, a Veteran Transition Organization that works with US Army Rangers, Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Operations.
I have been a member of our Post for eight years; however it is only within the last two years that I became more active. I joined and continue to be a member of our Post because I believe the American Legion is a voice for Veterans on the National Level, a difference maker in our Local Communities and a place for us to gather and be with one another.
My goals for our Post are simple and will guide the work I do every day:
- Engage our Membership
- Ensure we are financially sound
- Engage the next generation of Legionnaires.
The Legion is as strong as our Membership. We all have one thing in common. We SERVE. Please consider one way you can give back over this coming year. We have many opportunities for our members to give back in an area that works for you. The Officers and Executive Committee are excited about the coming year and the opportunities to serve our Veterans and community. For information on upcoming events please visit our webpage www.masonamericanlegion.org or you can sign up for our Newsletter by emailing email@example.com
I personally invite you to reach out to me. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me on my cell phone at 513.200.7158
May 2, 2018
4 Pillars of the American Legion
"I" Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation "II" National Security "III" Americanism "IV" Children & Youth
Thank you for your volunteer work that all of you do. Your dedication to veterans is recognized not only by the City of Mason and the 4th District, but also by the Department of Ohio.
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