Department of Florida

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August 2022

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Ray Olsen. I have been appointed by Commander Butts as your National Security Chairman for the Department of Florida. I want to take this opportunity to thank her for having the confidence in me to fulfill this position.

National Security is one of the 4 Pillars of the American Legion. There are many programs that fall under the National Security Umbrella. I want to give National Security its due and create an annual award for the Post that has the best National Security program and presence.

According to the National CPR, the following programs fall under the National Security Umbrella: Blood Donor Program, ROTC Medals, Law and Order, Disaster Relief, Law Enforcement, Color Guard/Honor Guard, Fire Prevention, POW/MIA, Immigration and Citizenship, and Memorial Services. Obviously not every post can have an active program in all of these areas but certainly they have some. I envision that the winner of the award will have participation in some of these programs, have an active National Security Chairman, submit awards for Firefighter and Law Enforcement officer of the year and submit Articles about events that they may have sponsored in their local communities. As far as I know, I have not seen a National Security Award in the recent past.
National Security is a Pillar of the American Legion. We are known for our Americanism efforts and our strong programs supporting Veterans and their families and of course Children and Youth. But we are the Subject Matter Experts on National Security and always have in America and always have been.

So, my goal this year is to bring National Security back into the forefront of what the American Legion in Florida is all about. But I cannot do it without the District and Post National Security Chairman and the Commission members appointed for the Department of Florida, and of course the membership of the American Legion Department of Florida.

Raymond Olsen
National Security Chair