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Commander: Ken George (Post 291)
1st Vice Commander: John Minnella (Post 132)
2nd Vice Commander: Victor De La Rosa (Post 132)
3rd Vice Commander: Sandy Schneeberger (Post 291)
Executive Committee: Willy Mays (Post 295)
Executive Committee: Andy Timko (Post 555)
Sergeant-at-Arms: Chrystal Swope (Post 838)
Finance Officer: Robert Brower (Post 291)
Adjutant: Steven Vargas (Post 181)
Judge Advocate: Ed Alvarez (Post 277)
Service Officer: Scott McKee (Post 131)
Chaplain: Frank Cook (Post 862)
Junior Past Commander: Martha Huff (Post 679)

There are 3 Executive Committee positions open.  If you are interested in the position and would like more information, please contact Commander Ken George or any of the vice commanders.  Thank you.  

New officer installation…

What do I do? Who should perform the installation?

Every summer, new officers are installed at all levels of the organization from post to department.  If you’ve never attended the oath ceremony of the new department commander on the last day of the department convention, a few ceremonial things happen.  First, the new Department of California commander is sworn in before the entire convention floor with the donning of the new white cap ritual. After the new commander takes his/her oath, he/she convenes a meeting and in turns swears in his/her new officers.  These officers include all department level (white cap) elected and appointed officers as well as all 30 newly elected district commanders, who are also official officers of the Department of California, hence the white top on the blue cap.  Spouse, friend, or other district officer gets the privilege and honor of participating in the ritual of donning the district cap on the new district officer. It really is a special moment. 

So many of you may think, “What about at the district or post level installation? Who or how does it get performed?”  As a post/district commander or adjutant, you should be familiar with The American Legion Officer’s Guide and Manual of Ceremonies.  If you’re not, then it is highly recommended that you download a copy here or go to:

The Officer’s Guide is an invaluable tool to help you, your officers, and your members.  It is the principle handbook to help your officers fulfill their responsibilities. The book is comprised of two parts. The first part is a guide to post offices, operations and procedures; and the second part is the manual of ceremonies where you can find ritual information about initiating new members, installing new officers, POW/MIA ceremony, folding the flag, and much more.

According to the 2017 Officer’s Guide, Section 2 Installation of Post Officers, “All officers shall, after their election and at the earliest opportunity, be installed in the following manner.  The installing officer should be a department officer or the officer of another post acting as a representative of the department commander is recommended.  The installing officer shall take control of the meeting following the opening ceremony and is permitted to install alone or with such assistants as may be selected.”    

There are some posts and districts that have 40&8 (or 40/8) perform the officer installation. The 40&8 was an organization for Legionnaires who had distinguished themselves through service.  Some may not know, but the 40&8 is no longer affiliated with The American Legion, although the organization still exists. Moreover in 2008, the 40&8 dropped the membership requirement of belonging to The American Legion.  A Legionnaire who had a conversation with National Judge Advocate Onderdonk said ,"...having 40/8 install them would be like having the VFW install or just any other organization do it." 

So, based on the Officer’s Guide, a department officer or a district commander (a representative of the department commander) is recommended to perform post installations.  So plan early and reach out to your current or past district commander and ask them install your new post officers.  Don’t be surprised if the current department commander or district commander can’t make it to your post’s installation.  They may likely be busy installing another post or district.  It has been the common practice to ask previous department or district officers to perform the installation instead. The PCC may also be a resource to perform post or district installations. They would be honored to do it.  Good luck to all and congratulations to all the new 2017-18 officers.

NEW 2017 Officer's Guide and Manual of Ceremonies

& Posts Adjutant's Manual


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Legacy Meets Vision

The American Legion Centennial Celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to continue our legacy of service. Events and activities at posts all around the world will showcase The American Legion "Still Serving America."

Congratulations to Newport Harbor Post 291 Color Guard.  

Newport Beach Post 291, the Military Open Class winners of The American Legion's
2015 National Convention Color Guard Contest, has been rendering military honors for
veterans for nearly 20 years.

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The District 29 of the American Legion, Department of California comprises all of Orange County, California and is one of the five districts known as the Fifth Area.  The other districts are: Riverside County District 21, San Diego County District 22, San Bernardino County District 25, and Imperial County District 30. Twenty-eight posts comprise the 29th District and has a membership of nearly eight thousand members.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, and service members and communities. The Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of
World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.
Today, membership stands at 2 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Over the years, The Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, and produced many important programs for children and youth.

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