The American Legion Department of Tennessee

The American Legion Department of Tennessee
As we put 2021 in the rear-view mirror with all the restrictions that have impeded our posts from properly serving their communities and veterans, let us set our sight toward 2022. To create growth and cohesiveness across the Department, we must meet three objectives.
The first objective is Communication.                                                                                     
Post leadership needs to effectively communicate to its members, and up the chain of command to Department leadership. Department must also communicate effectively down the chain of command to Post leadership. Without proper communication across the board, growth can be stifled.                                                                                                         
The second objective is Education.                                                                                                 
The need for educating each member from the newest to those with the most tenure is crucial for the growth of not only the Post, but the Department as well. It is incumbent on any member that accepts a leadership role in their Post or the Department to educate themselves to the fullest to become a competent mentor. It would be wise to take advantage of the educational tools available on the National and Department websites and from the Department Training and Education Chair. These tools will help with the day-to-day operation of the Post, ceremonies, and the programs of The American Legion contained in our Four Pillars which established this origination. By meeting this objective, we will better serve our fellow veterans and communities. 
The final objective is Cooperation. 
Cooperation between Post members, Posts within a District, Districts within our Divisions, and between the three Grand Divisions will create unity, excitement, and strength. This will create a positive image of The American Legion and can entice more community cooperation, and in turn, create a strong Department. 
Larry Kersey                                                                                                       
Department of Tennessee Commander