New Leadership steps forward at American Legion Post 230 in NC
American Legion Post 230 has an amazing history. The post is situated about a mile outside of Pope Airfield and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Leadership and members inside of the post have been supporting active-duty, Veterans and their families for over 70 years. Those inside the post echo their mission as simply, supporting those that are serving, those that have served, their families and the community around Spring Lake, North Carolina.
Outgoing Commander Mark Erskine presented handcrafted wooden flag from incoming Commander Ray Whitaker.
On May 25th, the new leadership was installed into their positions by 8th District Commander, Mark Erskine. Mark is the outgoing Post commander and has had an unbelievable impact to the Post and community around the Post. Although Mark is stepping down as the Commander of the Post he wanted to continue his service in the Post and was nominated by the membership to assume the Finance officer role to help finish what he started with Hurricane Matthew relief.
(Left to Right) SGT-At-Arms Howard Conklin, Chaplain Laeth Damon, Historian Jonathan Gaff, 2nd Vice Lucas Meiners, 1st Vice Jasen Pfuntner and Commander Ray Whitaker. (Not pictured, Service Officer James Walters)
Being installed into the American Legion is a tradition that has a special meaning. The initiation officially and formally introduces the outgoing position holder with the incoming officer. It is an opportunity for a transition of responsibility to occur inside of the Post and ensure that the incoming officer understands the significance of the position they have been nominated for and received. This dedication to service for the American Legion started in 1919 and today the words spoken at this event were just as powerful.
Outgoing Post 230 Commander and current 8th District Commander Mark Erskine stated "Today is a new start for James LeBlanc American Legion Post 230. We are seeing younger Veterans stepping up and getting involved by becoming new post officers. They are continuing the legacy and mission of James LeBlanc Post 230 and The American Legion."
Incoming Post 230 Commander Ray Whitaker noted "It is humbling and an honor to serve the membership and community inside of Post 230. There is 70 years of selfless service that has occurred inside of Post 230 helping the community and we hope to continue that remarkable service over the next year. Being able to continue to serve active-duty, Veterans and their families in the local community is truly a privilege."
Post 230 has started the next chapter in history with the installment of the new officers into their positions. We look forward to supporting them over the coming year. Each of them provided their service to their country at some point and now they are providing that service again inside the community in which they live.