Alabaster VFW post elects new officers

Published 12:11 pm Friday, June 12, 2020

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ALABASTER – Veterans of Foreign Wars Lance Corporal Rivers Post 12185 in Alabaster elected new officers for the upcoming year at its regular meeting Saturday, June 6.

Danny Sample was elected to serve as post commander for the next year. He is the owner of Siluria Brewing Co. in Alabaster, where the post has been meeting since its inception last year. He is also a colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Other officers include:

  • Jerry Anger, senior vice commander
  • Ron McGriff, junior vice commander
  • Brannon Crane, quartermaster
  • Gregg Braun, adjutant
  • Larry Strayer, judge advocate
  • Tony Garcia, chaplain
  • Bill Millington, membership director

Also, VFW Auxiliary Post 12185 elected its new officers for the year:

  • Shannon Roach, president
  • Andrea Hard, sr. vice president and one-year trustee
  • Stephanie Moore, jr. vice president and secretary
  • Jan Phillips, treasurer
  • Yesenia Prewett, guard and two-year trustee
  • Jennifer Banbury, three-year trustee
  • Maria Millington, chaplain
  • Cheryl Pinneo, conductress

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12185 in 2019 in Alabaster is named for Lance Cpl. Thomas E. Rivers Jr., a 2007 graduate of Briarwood Christian School who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

It is the only VFW post in Shelby County.

The VFW is a non-profit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. The VFW and its Auxiliary are dedicated to veterans service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at The Siluria Brewing Co. in Alabaster.

Membership is open to those serving honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces in a foreign war or overseas operation recognized by a campaign medal, in Korea after June 30, 1949, and recipients of hostile-fire or imminent danger pay. Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and other smaller expeditionary campaigns, as well as occupation duty, qualify.