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American Legion’s first female national commander Denise Rohan visits Salem

The governor of Oregon. The governor’s veterans’ policy advisor. The chiefs of staff for the Oregon Air and Army National Guard. And the acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

All women.

All front and center to meet the national commander of the American Legion, who also is a woman.

At the risk of offending someone, the girl power was palpable Jan. 12 in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State Capitol.

Gov. Kate Brown, veterans’ policy adviser Nakeia Daniels, Air National Guard Col. Jenifer Pardy, Army National Guard Col. Leah Sundquist and acting ODVA director Sheronne Blasi were among the dignitaries on hand to officially welcome Denise Rohan to Oregon.

Rohan is the first female national commander in the 99-year history of the American Legion, which is the nation’s largest veterans’ organization with 2 million members.  Read more  at the Statesman Journal.

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