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Alaskan Elected National Commander of American Legion
Van Horn of Ketchikan appointed his Aide


September 07, 2010

Jimmie L. Foster of Anchorage, Alaska, was elected national commander of the 2.5 million-member American Legion on Sept. 2, 2010 in Milwaukee, during the 92nd national convention of the nation's largest veterans organization.

jpg Alaskan Elected National Commander of American Legion - Jimmie L. Foster

Jimmie L. Foster of Anchorage, Alaska, was elected national commander of the 2.5 million-member American Legion

Foster has appointed Jim Van Horn of Ketchikan to be his Aide.

Foster was born and raised in Oklahoma, he graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education from Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Okla. After working in the textiles and grocery business, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego from 1973 to 1976. Following a short break in military service, he reenlisted in the U.S. Army, ultimately retiring with 20 years of military service on Aug. 1, 1994, as the chief legal noncommissioned officer at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Foster's 29 years of American Legion experience include offices and appointments at all levels. He served American Legion Spenard Post #28 as adjutant for many years, as well as other offices, ultimately serving a post commander in 1989-1990. He served on many state -level committees including Americanism, the Citizens Flag Alliance, Economics, Veterans Employment, Internal Affairs, Legislative, Membership & Post Activities, Military Affairs, National Security and Naval Affairs. During his term as membership chairman, the Dept. of Alaska finished number one in the nation for membership. He served as state commander in 1999-2000.

Nationally, Foster served on the organization's board of directors as National Executive Committeeman from 2002 to 2006 for the Dept. of Alaska as well as the National & Homeland Security Council, Economics, Internal Affairs and Legislative Commissions and, most recently, served as chairman of the National Legislative Commission from 2006-2008.

Foster and his wife, Rehta, have two sons, Christopher and Michael, and five grandchildren who have been active members of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion in Anchorage. Rehta is a past American Legion Auxiliary unit, district and department president in Alaska.



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