MAJ Chris Kinney Addresses ALMBS

Major Chris Kinney currently serves with the WVARNG as part of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe.  He began his career by enlisting in the Army in the fall of 1990.  In 1991, he was admitted to the USMA Preparatory School and subsequently attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer.  During his active duty time, MAJ Kinney served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant, and assistant operations officer.  He transferred to the WVARNG in 2002 and served a one-year tour in Iraq as an intelligence officer and battery commander.  After a break in service MAJ Kinney returned to the WVARNG to serve with the state’s Officer Candidate School, which he commanded from 2011 to 2015.  MAJ Kinney has been awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman

2015 ALMBS citizen Roark Sizemore Addresses ALMBS

Roark C. Sizemore is a 2015 Alumnus of Mountaineer Boys State and a 2016 graduate of Morgantown High School.  He attends WVU as a Bucklew Scholar, Milan Puskar Leadership Scholar, and Honor Student and is the recipient of the George W. Bud Seibert Public Affairs award and the DeLynn Scholarship. Roark serves as the WVU Student Government Senator President Pro Tempore.  He is deeply devoted to ending childhood hunger and bringing opportunities and hope to those living in poverty.  Roark is the Founder and President of The Pantry Plus More, a 501(c)3 charity that he started while a senior in high school with 8 in-school pantries and 2 more scheduled to open.  Roark also co-sponsors monthly Mobile Food Giveaways with the Mountaineer Food Bank bringing in 12-15,000 pounds of fresh produce and meat every month to different regions of the county. In his spare time, he is the Co-president of

WV Department of The American Legion Auxiliary President Lisa Cadwallader Addresses ALMBS

Lisa has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 40 years, having joined as a Junior member. Lisa is a member of Jackson-Perks Unit 71, Charles Town, WV. Lisa’s eligibility is through her grandfather who was a WWII Veteran. He was a member of the 595th aircraft warning battalion and served in New Guinea and Luzon. He received the good conduct medal, American Theater Ribbon, Marksmanship badges and the WWII Victory Medal. Lisa’s father was a Korean War Veteran and her husband, is a Vietnam Veteran.

Lisa has served as Unit President, 2nd Vice, Executive Committee, as well as Committee Chairman of many different programs. Lisa continues to work strongly for our Veterans.

List has served as 10th District Vice President and Chairman for Americanism and National Security. She also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Lisa has served as Department Chaplain, 2nd Vice and 1st Vice President. She has

WV Department of The American Legion Commander Frank Cooley Addresses ALMBS

Frank Cooley was born in Newhall, West Virginia and grew up in Marytown, West Virginia, where he attended schools in the area, before graduating in 1965 from Welch High School.

He served in the United States Army from November 1965, until 1971 with an Honorable Discharge.

He is married to the former Angela Diana Davidson and they have two sons Leonard and James and one granddaughter Samantha.

He was employed at the HC Lewis Oil Company for 50 years and still works when not spending time with family and the American Legion.

He and his wife Ann reside in Welch, West Virginia and they are members of the Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Stewart Street in Welch.  He is one of the Elders and Ann is in the Choir.

He has been active with American Legion Post 8 for more than 20 years and he is a paid up for life member.  He is a

Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams Addresses ALMBS

Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House.  Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano

Ryan Cox Addresses ALMBS

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Ryan lives in Morgantown, WV, with his old southern American Bulldog Tank and attended the 2005 American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.  Ryan graduated from West Virginia University with a BA from the Eberly College of Arts and Science.  After losing 200 pounds he decided to make a difference by helping people work through simappianilar challenges.  He has since founded two wellness consulting & service companies, The VIGR Agency & The Ryan B. Cox Company.  Ryan also founded & chairs the Elevated Wellness Foundation, a non-profit focused on addressing Appalachia’s rising rates of obesity, addiction, & chronic disease.

More information: https://www.ryanbcox.com/

General Election Results News Conference

This news conference is currently scheduled for 11:30PM but may drastically shift in time depending on how the election results trickle in.  Just like in a real election the suspense is high and we will go live as soon as possible.

ALMBS Party Conventions and Debate

The formal purpose of such a convention is to select the party’s nominees for office, as well as to adopt a statement of party principles and goals known as the platform and adopt the rules for the party’s activities, including the nominating process for the next election cycle.

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American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony

How To Dispose of A Flag

  • The U.S. Flag Code suggests that when a flag has served its useful purpose, “it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.” For individual citizens, this should be done discreetly so the act of destruction is not perceived as a protest or desecration.
  • Many American Legion posts conduct disposal ceremonies of unserviceable flags, especially on Flag Day (June 14). Such ceremonies are particularly dignified and solemn occasions for the retirement of unserviceable flags.
  • Take your old flags to your local American Legion post.  They will be happy to retire your flags in their next disposal ceremony.