On July 14-16, the American Legion Department of West Virginia held its 97th annual state Convention in Huntington, at the Pullman Plaza hotel. During the convention a new Department Commander was elevated to the position as the Department Commander, Sherman Baxa of Buchanan, as well as his Department officers. The American Legion divides the counties of West Virginia into ten Districts. These districts are overseen by the Commander’s Vice Commanders. Districts 1, 3 and 4 are under the scrutiny and leadership of Tom Hicks, Districts 5, 8 and 6 are under the scrutiny and leadership of Bill Combs and Districts 2, 9 and 10 are under the leadership and scrutiny of Barbara Burdette. Greenbrier County falls within the 9th District of which Barbara Burdette in now the Department Vice Commander.
Barbara Burdette has been a member of the American Legion Greenbrier Post 26 for eight years. During those eight years, five have been as the Commander of Post 26, six as the District Oratorical Chairperson, four as the District Adjutant and this year Barbara served as a Staff Member of the 79th year at American Legion Mountaineer Boys State camp at Jackson Mills. Though she wears many different hats for the American Legion within her many different capacities, her love of country and community is always directed toward Greenbrier County Veterans, West Virginia, and the American Legion.
Commander Burdette left her child hood home five days after graduation from Nitro High School for Marine Corps boot camp at Paris Island. Commander Burdette served our country during the contentious Vietnam War era. She is very proud to be a Vietnam Veteran and a new member of the Department American Legion team as Vice Commander for Districts 2, 9 and 10. Her duties are varied and her responsibilities great, but she can handle them with diligence and pride. Visit American Legion Greenbrier Post 26’s monthly meetings at the Clifford Armory/Ronceverte Recreational Center the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. You may contact Commander Burdette at 304-661-4979 for further information. Guests are always welcome!