Fred B. Buchanan was elected and installed as Department Commander for the Department of West Virginia on July 12, 2014. He is eligible for The American Legion by virtue of his Naval Service during the Viet Nam era as a Hospital Corpsman. Fred has been a member of Huntington Post 16 for 33 years and is an Honorary Life Member, a PUFL member, a dual member with the Sons of The American Legion and is active with the Post 16 Riders Chapter. He has held many offices in the Post including Commander and has been Post Adjutant for the past 13 years. He has served the Department of West Virginia as Chaplain, District Commander, Vice Commander, National Parade Chairman and Chair of several committees. He has served the National American Legion as a Vice Chairman of the National Americanism Commission as well as several committees. He has been
Judge Gina Groh graduated from Shephard University where she participated on the debate team. She then attended WVU law school. Started with a major law firm in Baltimore MD and returned to Martinsburg where she worked for Steptoe and Johnson.
She was then appointed assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County, WV and was appointed to fill the Circuit Judge position for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties under Governor Joe Manchin III.
She was then nominated by Senator Jay Rockefeller to President Barack Obama to serve on the US District Court for the Northern District of WV, focusing on the Eastern Panhandle. She is the first US District Judge to be appointed to the Eastern Panhandle Region that was native to the area.
Judge Groh was confirmed by a vote of 95-2 by the US Senate in March 2012.