The 82nd Annual American Legion Mountaineer Boys State will be held June 9-15, 2019 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill. Students will take part in creating the 51st State to the Union. Founded in 1936, the goal of The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) is to educate and train West Virginia youth in understanding one of the country’s most precious freedoms; the democratic form of government. ALMBS is characterized as “West Virginia’s Premier Leadership Academy!” Participants receive instruction and hands on experience in the governmental, political, and legal processes and participate in a variety of “career paths” that include Political, Legal, Banking, Law Enforcement (State Police and Natural Resource Police), Journalism (Broadcast & Print), Homeland Security (National Guard), Corrections, and Emergency Services. West Virginia proudly holds the 2nd oldest American Legion Boys State charter in the nation.
ALMBS is sponsored by the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization – The
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia’s Senator is truly an honor and a privilege.
Born and raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, W.Va., Sen. Manchin grew up learning the values that all West Virginians share – family, common sense, fairness and hard work. As a small businessman, he learned firsthand from his grandfather, Papa Joe, who was an Italian immigrant and the town grocer, the importance of serving the public. As a young man, his beloved grandmother, Mama Kay, inspired Senator Manchin’s belief in public service through her unflagging compassion and desire to help those less fortunate. More than anything, it is his family and the values he learned growing up among the hardworking men and women of
Mark McMillion is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of leadership experience, training, and practice. As a West Point graduate, he was privileged to learn at the finest school of leadership in the world. With two engineering degrees, he understands how hard data drives decisions. As a veteran leader, he’s learned and practiced the soft skills of leadership. With tours of duty in Germany, Norway (with NATO), and two combat tours in Iraq, he served in a variety of positions on three continents and across the United States.
Contrary to what many believe, leadership in the Army is not as simple as giving orders or court-martialing someone. Building mutual trust, loyalty, and respect for others are critical requirements to be an effective leader in any environment.
His career highlights include his times as platoon leader, West Point assistant professor, battalion executive officer, and exercise planner for NATO. Each of these positions