GRAFTON—A local veteran, and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3081, has been named as West Virginia’s Senior Vice Commander.
Trenton Pauley said he is honored to be serving in his new position, but wishes it were under different circumstances. According to Pauley, the transition would have taken place next year, but, because of the death of Robert Kish, West Virginia’s State Commander, the position opened sooner.
“I am excited and looking forward to be serving as Senior Vice Commander, but I wish it wasn’t because Bob became ill, and lost his battle with cancer,” said Pauley.
According to Pauley, Kish’s term was going to be done at the end of this year, and he would have stepped into a Past State Commander role.
“Todd Kingsbury, who was previously the Senior Vice Commander, was called immediately following Bob’s death, and asked if he was ready to step into the role of State Commander,” explained Pauley. “I was then called, and asked if I was willing advance into my new position.”
Pauley said, that while it is basically a set thing, that one position advances to the next, he still had to be elected for Senior Vice Commander.
“Someone first has to be elected to be the State Surgeon, and then there is a process called, moving through the chairs,” he said. “If someone doesn’t believe the functions of a position are being carried out properly, they can opt to run against the person in an election.”
Pauley said he was thrilled when he learned that he was to be named Senior Vice Commander for the state.
He said it will be his duty to fill in for Commander Kingsbury at ceremonial events, when he might be unavailable.
Pauley added that he will continue to serve on the Council of Administration, and will hopefully, continue to be a voice for members of the state.
“The council handles all the nitty-gritty details, the behind-the-scenes details, for the organization,” Pauley shared. “I hope to continue to be a voice for the ‘little man’ throughout the state.”
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