This is our American Legion, yours and mine, veterans all. It is what we make it. We may have joined for many different reasons - perhaps to fill a void in our heart, or maybe a desire to serve, or simply to enjoy activities with comrades by our side, but together we are the American Legion. We are all members, united to make a difference.
Guidelines for the Legion were established in 1919 and have endured until today. They motivate us towards service to our armed forces veterans, our country’s youth and our nation’s security. They underline the American ideals of citizenship, fair play and leadership. Yet within the Legion, each Post is different. Each Post is shaped by its members to meet the needs of the community of which it is a part.
As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, we identify needs within our community and take action to meet those needs. Currently our Post has programs that inspire and train our youth; provide recognition and support for armed forces, law enforcement and fire fighters organizations; and provide volunteers for veterans’ clinics, hospitals and Fisher Houses. Your mission as a member of the American Legion is to identify where you fit, what your interests are and get started! It may take some effort and it may take some training to regain skills or hone the abilities you already have, but you will find your place.
The times of our lives we remember most, the times we talk about, that have been the most rewarding, were often the most challenging. They were the times where we were not certain about the future but it seemed like it was going to be an adventure. That adventure is still available in the American Legion.
The American Legion is us. We are it. Let’s move forward together.
Harry R Woodstrom
The American Legion Jonathan D. Rozier, Post 164, Katy TX
Post 164’s new commander, Jim McGuire, has been a member of The American Legion for eight years, the last six in Katy. He most recently was vice commander. Earlier jobs were finance officer and historian.
“I would like to see the post have an increase in membership, an increase in active membership, and an increase in community involvement,” he said.
Jim retired from the U.S. Army in 1999 after serving 20 years, mostly as a mechanic and maintenance supervisor.
He went through basic training in 1978 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri after graduating from high school in Tonganoxie, Kansas. He then moved on to Fort Hood in Texas. In late 1979, Jim went overseas to Mannheim, Germany where he was assigned to the 377th transportation company, responsible for moving tanks and heavy engineering equipment throughout Europe.
In 1982, Jim transferred to a maintenance battalion at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. In 1984, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He returned to Fort Campbell in 1985.
Jim went back to Germany in 1988 in a signal battalion and then in 1991 moved to Anchorage, Alaska to serve in a field artillery regiment. In 1995, he transferred to a support group at Fort Stewart in Georgia until his retirement.
Jim is a parts coordinator at Camping World RV Supercenter in Katy. He has been married to Melody for five years. He has a son in the U.S. Air Force and a stepson.