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David Hilliard is elected as Commander of The American Legion Department of Ohio

David Hilliard was elected Commander of The American Legion Department of Ohio at the 96th Annual Department Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dave has been a member of Post 274 in Steubenville for 25 years and earned his eligibility by serving in the United States Army. Through his leadership as Post Commander, the membership increased 85%. A retired Command Sergeant Major, Dave completed 27 years of service with three tours of duty in Vietnam. A Combat Medic, he is a decorated war veteran.

He has served five terms as Post Commander. He also served as SAL Advisor. Dave also worked as The Great Tenth District Commander, Finance Officer, Gifts for Yanks Chairman, Task Force and Finance Committees Member, Assistant Judge Advocate, and was appointed to the National Americanism Council.

Dave's responsibilities also included serving as Jefferson County Council Commander, Sergeant-At-Arms, 2nd Vice Commander, Judge Advocate and Boys State Committee.

He is a lifetime member of the AMVETS and DAV; is a member of the VFW #2716, and Voiture #273 of the 40/8.

Dave obtained a BA Degree in Business from Columbia College, is a graduate of the Sergeant Major Academy, and has completed The American Legion Extension Institute course.

He has four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Dave has a son currently serving in the United States Navy based in Whidbey Island.

Boys State program mailings due Dec. 1

This is advance notice to advise all Posts and Squadrons in the Department the first information mailing on the 2015 American Legion Buckeye Boys State program will be sent to all Post and Squadron Boys State Chairmen on or around Dec. 1, 2014.

The December mailing will contain official enrollment forms to sponsor young men from a community as Delegates to the 2015 American Legion Buckeye Boys State program.

It is recommended and encouraged that all Posts and Squadrons begin making contact with local school administrators and the 2014-15 Junior Class now to promote participation in the 2015 Buckeye Boys State program.

The American Legion Buckeye Boys State program is in competition with many other summer programs for students. The sooner the seed on Boys State can be planted, the better.

Again, look for the mailing on the 2015 Buckeye Boys State program in December.

Questions on American Legion Buckeye Boys State may be sent to the director of American Legion Buckeye Boys State at white@ohiolegion.com