Instructors and students come from hundreds of miles to attend the American Legion Department of Texas College course at Post 379 in Bedford.


Hurst-Euless-Bedford American Legion Post 379 (Bedford, Texas) conducts three-day department college course

Bedford, TX

26 Feb 2023

American Legion Hurst-Euless-Bradford Post 379 conducted and hosted the Department of Texas American Legion College over the course of three days from 24-26 February 2023. Seventeen American Legion members from three divisions, six districts and nine posts attended the course. The course was instructed by four National American Legion College graduates who have served as current and past commanders at the post and district levels, as well as senior department officers.

The three-day Department of Texas course was modeled on the one-week National American Legion College syllabus, which is the highest level of education offered by The American Legion. The Department of Texas syllabus consisted of three phases covering 18 topics, ranging from department- and national-level legislative priorities to post-level topics such as leadership, Legion Pillar programs, ceremonies, administration and conduct of meetings. The students were able to share best practices and ideas from across eastern Texas and bring that knowledge back to the more than 3,000 members at their posts combined.

The students were also able to meet members of the Post 379 membership and partake in their Four Chaplains commemoration on Sunday, 26 February. All of the students thank Post 379 for hosting the event and the instructors who took time out of their busy schedules to train and educate fellow members. To all of the posts considering conducting a course, know that this is a foundational course that makes us stronger at the post level, which is the backbone of the Legion.

Department of Texas College instructors and hosting Post Commander at Hurst-Euless-Bedford Post 379. Pictured L-R: Gene Toohey, Dale Hutchcraft, Cyndi Miller, Kimberly Biggerstaff and Joseph Campbell

Graduates of the American Legion Department of Texas College, 24-26 Feb 2023. Back Row L-R: Daniel Thomas, Patricia Zuczek, Richard Lilly, Chad Page, Kent Longo, Richard Wiltshire, Michael Sivers, Jon Christensen. Front Row L-R: Amy King, Elita Chambers, Malinda Bell, Annita Childress, Abigail Figueroa, Joseph Johnson, Paul Sarle.

26 Feb 2023: The students were able to observe the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Post 379 Four Chaplains commemoration and lunch.
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