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Posted 7 May 2017
We're starting food sales at the Ansbach Track Meet
David Chavez Post 1982 Fundraiser
Thanks to all our volunteers who came out today for the track meet fundraiser
Old commander with new Commander grilling at track meet
The red white and blue team!
Posted 7 May 2017
Bent Nicholsen Stevns , Denmark. A Monument , where Wreath to honor the young Airmen , who were shot dawn in world War II , from 3 Nation, we were united , to fight The Enemy.
Bent Nicholsen Liberation day for Denmark 4th of May 2017
Posted 25 April 2017
Purple Heart awarded to China Post 1 Member Sgt 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many Trump likely will award during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military. Read the Full Article  ...  View the Video
Posted 22 April 2017
American Legion Scholastic Excellence award at the JROTC military ball
David Chavez Post 1982 presents American Legion JROTC awards
Top three marksmen (women) on the American Legion Youth Shooting Team
Marksmanship Bronze Medal
Marksmanship Silver Medal
American Legion Military Excellence Award
Posted 11 April 2017
2017 Annual Meeting David Chavez Post 1982
New David Chavez Post 1982 Commander is Susan Houston and Estus Smith was reappoint Post Adjutant. A very BIG thank you goes out to David Chavez Post 1982 Immediate Past Post Commander Ken Aungst for you're Outstanding Leadership and Guidance of Post 1982.
Posted 31 March 2017
Photo by Jeff Stoffer/The American Legion

Post 1982 at center of the 'best hometown in Europe'

His 79th birthday was coming up, and Kenneth Aungst didn’t want presents or cake. Instead, he asked friends and family to donate funds to the American Legion post he commands, David Chavez Post 1982, at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach in Germany. That suggestion produced over $800, which he put to use to promote the post’s youth programs. The next year, he declined gifts again, and more than $1,200 came into the post for his 80th birthday.

Now, the post has a collection of vinyl banners that colorfully display all that the Legion does for military families stationed and working at the garrison, home to the U.S. Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and more.

Col. Benjamin C. Jones, commander of the garrison and a member of the Post 1982, dropped by the Department of France Executive Committee meeting in Ansbach earlier this month to express his appreciation. “I am thankful for the strength of our local Legion and what it means to our workforce and families,” Col. Jones said. “The American Legion is extremely important here. Anytime we need help with community events, legwork, fundraising, providing food… there is never a shortage of volunteers to help. We are really proud of The American Legion.”

The post, he explained, is a centerpiece of the garrison he describes as “the best hometown in Europe.”

Occupying eight different installations in two areas and about 25 square miles of Bavaria, USAG Ansbach includes the Katterbach Kasene, which has an elementary, middle and high school. It also houses Post 1982, which takes pride in the youth programs it offers to families. “The youth programs,” Col. Jones said, “are outstanding.”

The colonel’s sons took part in the post-sponsored fishing trip last spring, which was followed by a free barbecue. The post also produced the 2017 Department of France Oratorical Contest winner, Alyssa Saunders, who received a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to compete for much more at the April national competition in Indianapolis. The post has sponsored and coached a Junior Shooting Sports program for the last two years, raised money to buy competition air rifles for the students, and supports the Junior ROTC program there.

Last September, the garrison made available a bright new meeting hall for Post 1982. “Before that, we were in a cellar,” quipped Commander Aungst, who says membership of about 150 is improving because of the higher visibility and commitment to help military families of the garrison. The colorful vinyl banners – Commander Aungst’s birthday gifts for the past two years – help ensure that those stationed in that part of Germany understand there’s a taste of home nearby.

“We are thankful to help the Legion in any way we can,” Col. Jones said. “It’s a great relationship.”

Posted 21 March 2017
Department Spotlight: Centennial challenge coin a hot seller for Department of France
Editor’s note: This is a weekly series of Department Spotlight stories featuring unique programs and initiatives of departments throughout The American Legion. Department adjutants are invited to recommend subjects for their departments by emailing 
March 2019 is firmly circled on The American Legion Department of France calendar. That's when Legionnaires across Europe will celebrate the organization's 100th birthday in Paris, where a gathering of soldiers, sailors and Marines that month in 1919 gave birth to what would become the largest organization of U.S. veterans.
To honor the centennial, and to help cover anticipated costs of celebrating the anniversary, the Department of France has struck a commemorative challenge coin that has been a hot seller since it was introduced last summer.
American Legion National Executive Committee member Nola Maloney, an Air Force veteran, proposed the idea of a centennial challenge coin soon after she was elected to the NEC at the department convention in 2016. "I said I'd like for us to have a special coin because we are the birthplace of The American Legion," she explained. "This is where our veteran brothers first started our organization. I also knew that our department would need some kind of subsidy because of the centennial."
The coins have been purchased by members, collectors and post leaders to distribute among military personnel, supporters and others who help the department fulfill the Legion mission in communities overseas, including many U.S. military installations.
"It's a classic challenge coin, and a good one," said Maloney, who is delighted by sales so far. "We're not even through our first year, and we've already sold a third of our coins."
The challenge coin features the Eiffel Tower - the image of which is embroidered on Department of France Legion caps - above the organization's national 100th anniversary logo. On the flip side appear the emblems of all four American Legion Family groups - the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion, Legion Riders and The American Legion.
The challenge coins are $10 each, plus shipping, and may be ordered by emailing Maloney at or by sending a check payable to The American Legion Department of France to her U.S. address at:
Nola Maloney, NEC
10095 N. Mill Crossing Way
Tucson, AZ 85745
Add $2 per coin for standard shipping and $13 per coin for priority shipping.
Posted 20 March 2017
Pictures from the 3rd DEC
More pictures are posted on the Website Gallery
 Posted 14 March 2017
Flanders Field Post BE02 celebrating the Legion's 98th Birthday with the staff of the AAFES PX
Posted 6 March 2017
The Department of France had an all-out membership blitz this past weekend. Membership teams were at Margraten Post NL01, Lakenheath Post EG02, Flanders Field Post BE02, Eifel Post20, and George S. Patton Post GR45.
It was a very successfully recruiting weekend with an average of 15 new members at each location.
A special shout out to Post Commander Kenneth Aungst and his members from David Chavez Post 1982 ,who took a trip to the Grafenwoehr and the Vilseck communities to help George S. Patton Post 45 recruit new membership.
Lakenheath AB Liberty Post EG02 also had a good showing , getting 26 new members. Post Commander Tim Litherland and member Wyatt Hall staffed the recruiting table along with Department Commander John Shanahan.
The big story of the weekend was getting a foot back into the The Eifel at Spangdahlem Air Base Eifel Post GR20 , with the recruiting of 11 new members.
A shout goes out to Vice Commander at Large Joe Schram who traveled all over Central Europe, Vice Commander Carl Hale who staffed a table at Margraten Post, Vice Commander Laura Buckner who staffed Flanders Field BE02 table, Vice Commander Christopher Buchanan, Vice Commander Marcus Briscoe, and all the Legion Members that helped in this recruiting effort.
The 2017 Membership Blitz is not over, there will be another push the first  week in April and National Vice Commander Paul Martel comes to the Department to lend his recruiting knowledge and assistance. Details and recruiting locations will be out very soon , so please make your plans to join in on this membership drive. 


Department of France
Oratorical Scholarship Contest Finals

Posted 10 February 2017
Panzer Kaserne
Building 2315
2nd Floor
Panzer  ACS Classroom
directly across from the Main Exchange
Stuttgart, Germany
25 February 2017
Contestants arrive NLT 1215hrs
Guest and Spectators arrive NLT 1245hrs
Contest Start Time: 1300hrs
Long-time Ansbach community member, retiree, receives quilt from 9th JROTC
Posted 2 February 2017
Posted by Bryan Gatchell × February 2, 2017
Story and photos by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs
ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 2, 2017) – As part of Ansbach Middle / High School academic awards ceremony today, the 9th Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps honored retiree and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community member Fred Haverly.
Haverly’s more-than-60-year career with the military began with his enlistment in 1952. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, retired from military service in 1972 as a command sergeant major, was the manager for a Class 6 store and military clothing store for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and from 1994 to his federal service retirement in 2014 was a tax relief officer.
To honor Haverly and his service to the nation, cadets of the 9th JROTC presented him a “Quilt of Valor,” part of a grassroots movement to honor U.S. veterans.

To learn more about the 9th JROTC, other programs, and upcoming important dates at the Ansbach Middle / High School, visit
To see more photos from the event, visit the Flickr album at
From left, Fred Haverly; Kenneth Aungst, commander of American Legion Post 1982; and Col. Benjamin C. Jones, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, attend the Ansbach Middle / High School academic awards ceremony.
The assembly applauds Fred Haverly upon his receiving a quilt from the 9th Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Fred Haverly, second from right, prepares to receive a quilt from cadets of the 9th Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Posted 30 January 2017
Tributes paid to Irish soldiers at war memorial unveiling
By Gary Collins -
November 11, 2016

Pic: Gary CollinsPic: Gary Collins

Irish men and women who served in the Allied Military Service during the South East Asian Wars from 1959 – 1975 were honoured at a service in Ennis on Friday morning that saw a war memorial unveiled.
Organised by the Irish Vietnam Veteran Memorial Project, a strong crowd attended the gathering that paid tribute to the brave Irish men and women serving in the allied military service.
Names of the soldiers were read aloud at the ceremony which took place at Monastery Park. Speeches followed in glór with Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Martin, Pat Mulcahy and Mayor of Ennis Ann Norton the main contributors.
Monastery Park was chosen as an appropriate tranquil setting to reflect on the efforts of all those involved in various struggles for peace. Elected Members and council staff are facilitating an ongoing development of this Peace Park to ensure that current and future generations can commemorate all those who have lost their lives fighting for causes they genuinely believed to be important in achieving a peaceful resolution
In her address, Cllr Norton paid tribute to the IVNVMP in particular to John Dullahan and Matthew Carroll. She spoke of her desire that the peace park will honour the memory of the men and women who served in Southeast Asia.
“As long as there has been conflict, there have been those who have served their country, their cause and their people. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed in. Then there are the many millions of civilians caught up in war who have suffered and continue to suffer.
“Through this peace park initiative, the people of County Clare have a place where they can remember the many thousands of Irish men and women who have served and died serving overseas and in the case of this memorial project, in Southeast Asia”.
Additional reporting by Páraic McMahon. All photos by Gary Collins
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Martin with John Dullahan. Pic: Gary Collins
                      Pat Mulcahy. Pic: Gary Collins              Pic: Gary Collins
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                    Pic: Gary Collins                                      Lt Col Andrew Martin. Pic: Gary Collins
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                   Pat Mulcahy Pic: Gary Collins                    Pic: Gary Collins
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                      Ann Norton. Pic: Gary Collins                    Joe Willis. Pic: Gary Collins
World War II Veteran Laid to Rest in France
Posted 28 January 2017
Written by Carl Hale
On 18 January I received a phone call from Mr. Erik Neillis, a son, and only child, of a WWII veteran. He was calling from New Jersey to request an American Leg...ion Honor Guard for his father, Mr. Frank A. Neillis, who passed away. Frank was a 60-year American Legion member in Paramus / Rochelle Park, New Jersey. He was a World War II veteran who served in General Patton's 3rd U.S. Army in the 95th Infantry Division. He fought in and around the battle for Metz in France. He was injured in November 1944 and was sent to a hospital in England. Frank returned to France in April 1945 and met his future wife, Gisele, in the town of Fontenoy (Aisne) near Soissons. When Frank returned home to Brooklyn, New York, he told her to come to America. They were married in Sept 1947. They are now buried together as of Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at the church and cemetery in Fontenoy (Aisne), France. I want to thank fellow BE02 Son of the American Legion member, Mr. Erik Guint, for traveling from Normandy to carry the U.S. flag during the funeral ceremony. I also thank VCAL Joe Schram and VC Laura Buckner, both from BE02, for also participating in the ceremony. Thank you to Paris Post 1 Service Officer (and VFW Post 605 Service Officer), Mr. Chuck Steiner, for coordinating with the SHAPE Retiree Service Officer to obtain the casket sized U.S. flag. Together, our American Legion Family from Belgium and France, helped render military honors. Veterans helping veterans, and their families.
China Post 1 SAL Newsletter Jan 2017
Posted 27 January 2017
Department Oratorical News
Posted 26 Jan 2017

See below information on the date,  time, and location for the Department Oratorical Contest. Post that are supporting the department Oratorical Contest please ensure that you notify us of your  post winner who will be representing your post at the Department contest so that we can have the certificates available during the awards portion of the program. Thanking you in advance

James Settle



Post 6 will be hosting the DEPT Oratorical contest On 25 February 2017 at 1300, in the Panzer ACS classroom On Panzer Kaserne building 2315.  The ACS building (2nd Floor)    Is right across the parking lot from the Main Exchange.


All contestants must be at the ACS no later than 1215, All spectators no later than 1245.


ORotterdam Post NL01 backup and running with a new name
Posted 23 Jan 2017
American Legion "Margraten" Post NL01
Initial meeting of the revitalized Post NL01 on Saturday, 21 Jan. Newly elected Commander Ray Vincent and Finance Office Dale Snyder


Update Overseas Membership Renewing Online
Posted 12 Dec 2016
I apologize for the inconvenience.
As a part of a recent security change, we implemented enhancements to our online Credit Card Address Verification requirements.  It is a service offered by all Credit Card Processors, but unfortunately it cannot validate foreign addresses or Credit Cards that are of a non-US Bank.
We are in the process of making logic changes to handle this, but it will not be completed until after the 1st of the year.
In the meantime, any of your members caught in this dilemma can call 1.800.433.3318 and a Customer Service Agent can complete the renewal over the telephone.
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.
Please contact me if you have any further questions.
Joe Gallagher
Deputy Director, IT


Overseas Membership Renewing Online
Posted 9 Dec 2016
The National Headquarters has had to install a feature into their computers that rejects all overseas credit cards. Their computers were hacked about 4 months ago by someone from overseas using a bogus credit card. National Headquarters wants to let you know, they are working on the problem and should have a solution shortly. We will keep you posted.
Posted 28 Nov 2016
December 15th Paris Post 1 and Department of France will meet to start planning commemorations for the American Legion's March 2019 Centennial. As you all may know, the American Legion was created in France at the end of World War I. If you are in Paris and would like to participate, let us know.


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