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Western Area Commander

August 2022

I wish to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as Western Area Commander. I am truly humble and honored to serve you and our veteran community.

Department convention was successful, in that the changes needed to bring the Department in compliance with National CBL was passed without issues. Now we can get on with our mission supporting our four pillars.
After convention, I came down with a case of COVID, which slowed me down. Now that it is getting behind me, I’m looking to the future.

Districts 1 and 2 have started their installations and will continue through the middle of August. I will be making as many of the installations as I can. District 1 is doing mostly weekends and District 2 is doing weekday installations. It is great seeing old friends and making new ones at each post.

Upcoming events in the Western Area: mark your calendar and plan on attending the Area training. The date is August 6th at Panama City Beach Post 402. Meet and greet will start at 9 a.m. and training will start at 10 a.m.. I want to encourage all Post Commanders and any new officers to attend. Everyone in the Legion Family is invited to attend. The instructor will be from the Department leadership and like last year, very informative.

Lastly there has been a change to the ALR Chairman. After 7 years of helping the riders grow in the district and state, Jim Bowers has stepped down. I want to thank Jim for all his support and Legion “Love” that he has given the area and myself. THANK YOU Jimmy. Please welcome and continue to support his replacement, Jason “scubby” Skobel as the Western Area Chairman of the riders.

Sonny Decker
Western Area Commander
western@legionmail.org