American Veteran Magazine

National Officers

NATIONAL OFFICERS

National Commander
Marion Polk (LA)
7141 Bayou Rapids Rd
Alexandria, LA 71303f
(301) 683-4002 (Office)
mpolk -at- amvets -dot- org

National First Vice Commander
Rege Riley (PA)
428 Atlantic Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15221
(412) 351-1130 (Home)
(412) 477-4615 (Cell)
rwr -dot- 60 -at- comcast -dot- net

National Second Vice Commander
Jan Brown (OH)
6751 Tanglewood Dr
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 518-5532 (Cell)
(330) 726-2552 (Home)
JanBrown54 -at- sbcglobal -dot- net

National Third Vice Commander
Gregory Heun (KY)
1330 Ellison Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 819-6318 (Cell)
gsheun -at- gmail -dot- com

National Judge Advocate
Clifford Fitzsimmons (TN)
2919 Denson Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 368-2543 (Home)
celt11 -at- comcast -dot- net

National Deputy Judge Advocate
Barry Remington (IA)
2929 Rainbow Dr
Cedar Fall, IA 50613
(319) 230-5381 (Cell)
brem -at- cfu -dot- net

National Finance Officer
Ron Dillon (GA)
1100 Garnet Trail
Bogart, GA 30622
(770) 868-9736 (Cell)
(770) 725-5787 (Fax)
msgt1969 -at- bellsouth -dot- net

National Provost Marshal
Arthur L. Majors (OH)
1200 1/2 Reed St
Mansfield, OH 44906
(419) 526-9046 (Home)
(419) 544-9523 (Cell)
majorcarpenter_art -at- aol -dot- com

National Chaplain
Gary Sallade (OH)
27 Coventry Dr
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 775-0364 (Home)
coachsal -at- horizonview -dot- net

NATIONAL DISTRICT COMMANDERS

DISTRICT I
Leon Proctor (NH)
221 New Hillcrest Dr
Greenville, NH 03048
(603) 878-0656 (Home)
(207) 595-1169 (Cell)
(617) 727-2973 (Fax)
leon_proctor -at- comcast -dot- net

DISTRICT II
Bill Ondell (VA)
2897 Murray Hollow Rd
Thaxton, VA 24174
(540) 397-0392 (Cell)
ahlah2thaxton -at- yahoo -dot- com

DISTRICT III
Conrad J. Bouchard (LA)
129 JC Harrison Rd
Pineville, LA 71360
(318) 715-0356 (Home)
bush852 -at- yahoo -dot- com

DISTRICT IV
Bob Green (MI)
3181 Nature View Dr
Kentwood, MI 49512
(765) 717-1759 (Home)
greentool -at- aol -dot- com

DISTRICT V
Murray Strom (ND)
PO Box 53
Steele, ND
(701) 475-2519 (Home)
murry -at- bektel -dot- com

DISTRICT VI
Mark C. Strumsky (AK)
3650 McMahon Ave
Anchorage, AK 99516
(907) 333-0562 (Home)
(907) 947-7700 (Cell)
m -dot- strumsky -at- mosseak -dot- com


National Roster

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Leadership Bios

National Commander Marion Polk

Marion Polk, a resident of Alexandria, Louisiana, was elected AMVETS National Commander at the 73rd national convention in Norfolk, Virginia, in August 2017.

Commander Polk has held a number of national offices within AMVETS. He comes to the organization’s helm after a year of service in each of the National 2nd and 1st Vice Commander positions successively. Polk has also previously served as National Finance Officer.

Polk has held command positions at every AMVETS echelon. He served four terms as Louisiana Post 7 Commander and three terms as Commander of the AMVETS Department of Louisiana before taking command of AMVETS National District III, an area that includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

National Commander Marion Polk

Polk retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Chief Petty Officer in 1989 after 20 years of service. His two brothers, two nephews and grandson are all Coast Guard veterans who, together, have more than 80 years of combined service in the Coast Guard. Polk’s service in the Coast guard included the command of his own unit as well as service as executive officer in four different Coast Guard units.

Upon his military retirement, Polk served as probation officer for Louisiana’s Child Support Enforcement Division, where he specialized in personnel firearms training. Since retiring from this position, he has dedicated his time to helping and serving veterans through AMVETS and as former commander of CENLA VETS, a group that includes all Veterans Service Organizations in Central Louisiana. Polk has previously been recognized as both AMVETS Recruiter of the Year and AMVETS Commander of the Year.

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National Executive Director Joseph R. Chenelly

Joseph R. Chenelly was appointed national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in May 2016. In this capacity, he administers the policies of AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Joe previously served as AMVETS’ national communications director.

Joe Chenelly is the first veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to lead one of the nation’s four largest veterans service organizations’ staffs.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.

Joe Chenelly, AMVETS National Executive Director

Joe became a veterans advocate, a journalist, and a political adviser after his time in uniform. He covered military and veterans matters on staff with Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, USA TODAY and Gannet News, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.

Joe was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by Action on Armed Violence in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the front-lines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Joe served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005, and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C. leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.

He has also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and as a public affairs officer director for the Department of Navy. Joe is an alumni of Syracuse University and Central Texas College. He resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children.

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