Detachment of New Jersey
Vice Commander

Jeff Hicks

Updated April 8, 2017

Hello Comrades:


Many of you probably already know me from my tenure as the Detachment Adjutant, 2009-2016.  But for those of you who are not as familiar with me, I wanted to offer some brief background on myself to help us become better acquainted. 

I am a proud twelve (12) year continuous member of Guy W. Doron, Sr. & Jr. SAL Squadron #526 in Southampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  My SAL membership eligibility was earned through three (3) generations of military service.  My maternal Great-Grandfather, the late Legionnaire Guy W. Doron, Sr. from Mt. Holly Post #11, honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War I.  He was a Past County Commander of The American Legion, Burlington County Committee of New Jersey.  My maternal Grandfather, the late Legionnaire Edward B. Cliver from Southampton Township Post #526, honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  And finally, my father, Legionnaire Francis B. Hicks from Southampton Township Post #526, honorably served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He is a Past Post Commander of Post #526.  Needless to say, I am forever grateful to these three (3) heroic men and to all of our veterans for their selfless service to our country! 

During my time in the SAL, I have served in various capacities at the squadron, county, Detachment, and National levels.  I am a Past Squadron Commander of SAL Squadron #526, Past County Commander of SAL Burlington County Committee of New Jersey, Detachment Executive Committeeman (DEC) representing Burlington County SAL on the Detachment level, NJ SAL Liaison to the Department Convention Committee, and the NJ SAL Liaison to the Department Centennial Committee.  I am a proud graduate of the NJ SAL College and the NJ American Legion College both held at the NJ National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ.   

In addition, I have been a frequent attendee at numerous national SAL events, including Fall & Spring National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings held in Indianapolis, Indiana, seven (7) National Conventions (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Houston, Charlotte, Baltimore, and Cincinnati) and Eastern Regional gatherings held along the East Coast.  At the 2016 SAL National Convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio, I was honored to be appointed by SAL National Commander Jeff Frain (AZ) to serve on the 2016-17 National SAL Membership Training & Development (MTD) Committee.  This Committee is charged with preparing the curriculum for the Detachment Commanders' Class at Fall NEC and the National Management Institute (NMI) Classes I, II, and III, at the Spring NEC.  I am a proud NMI graduate, as well.   

Please know, I mention all of these activities NOT to brag, but to demonstrate the wealth of knowledge that I have gleaned over the years about The American Legion and its programs.  It is my hope by serving as a Detachment Vice Commander this year that I can share this pool of knowledge that I have learned with my fellow SAL comrades across the Garden State. 

The 2016-17 Detachment administrative year promises to be an exciting year under the leadership of our new Detachment Commander Robert J. Bascou!  As a Detachment Vice Commander, I look forward to supporting Commander Bascou's Project, promoting SAL membership, and assisting in whatever capacity that I am called to serve. 

Commander Bascou has assigned me the Counties of Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Middlesex, to oversee as Detachment Vice Commander this year.  It is my mission to visit as many squadron and county meetings and social events this year as practically possible.  That being said, if at anytime you wish to schedule a visit with me or have a question concerning the SAL, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My contact information is shown below:


Jeffrey E. Hicks

152 Main Street

Southampton, NJ 08088

h) (609) 388-4881

c) (609) 206-6583

e) HicksFGJJ@aol.com


Detachment Vice Commander, 2016-17

Activities Report

As of Saturday, April 8, 2017


June 2016

10 & 11 - 54th Annual Detachment Convention & Department Convention Parade

26 - Breakfast at SAL Squadron #311 - Atco, Camden County

26 - Department's Annual High Point Memorial Service

30 - Lyons VA facility to learn more about the 2016-17 Department / Detachment Commanders' Projects

30 - Social visit at Squadron #313 - Trenton, Mercer County 

July 2016

4 - Participated in Audubon's 4th of July Parade with Post / Squadron #262 - Audubon, Camden County

6 - Burlington County SAL Committee Meeting at Squadron #294 - Pemberton, Burlington County

9 - Present at Mt. Holly Post #11's Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service - Shamong, Burlington County

11 - Burlington County American Legion Meeting at Post #516 - Willingboro, Burlington County

19 to 24 - Manned the SAL table at the Burlington County Farm Fair - Columbus, Burlington County

31 - Detachment BBQ at Veterans Haven South - Winslow, Camden County

August 2016

2 - Burlington County SAL Committee Meeting at Squadron #516 - Willingboro, Burlington County

13 - NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting at War Memorial Building - Trenton, Mercer County

18 - Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium for POW/MIA Chair Dedication - Lakewood, Ocean County

20 to 21 - Burlington County SAL Membership Drive / Donation Table at 7-Eleven - Mt. Holly, Burlington County

25 to 29 - SAL National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio

31 - Burlington County SAL Committee Meeting at Squadron #11 - Mt. Holly, Burlington County

September 2016

4 - Breakfast and Detachment Vice Commanders Meeting at Squadron #455 - New Egypt, Ocean County

6 - American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Service for Mrs. Lillian Priestley (Jane Babli's mother) - Atco, Camden County

10 - 9/11 Remembrance Service at American Legion Post #182 - Trenton, Mercer County

10 - Detachment Convention Committee Meeting at Squadron #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

11 - 9/11 Remembrance Service organized by Post #11 - Mt. Holly, Burlington County

12 - Detachment POW/MIA Watchfire Committee's Teleconference

14 - Helped Department Headquarters move to its new home (4 hours) - Trenton, Mercer County

16 - Proofread the 2016 National SAL's Detachment Commanders' Course PowerPoint for Fall NEC [MTD Committee]

16 to 17 - Detachment's 26th Annual POW/MIA Watchfire - Seaside Heights, Ocean County

17 - National SAL Membership Training & Development (MTD) Committee Teleconference

17 - Department's Centennial Celebration Poker Run / Pig Roast BBQ Fundraiser at Post #279 - Lincoln Park, Morris County

18 - SAL National Vice Commander Joseph A. Korba's Eastern Regional Teleconference

20 - Helped Department Headquarters settle into its new home (5.5 hours) - Trenton, Mercer County

20 - Department's Convention Committee Meeting at Post #458 - Trenton, Mercer County

24 - Detachment Constitution & By-Laws Committee Meeting at Post #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

29 - Visitation to Squadron #286 - Pine Hill, Camden County (Presentation of 2016 Membership Certificate)

October 2016

2 - American Legion Auxiliary, Department of New Jersey's POW/MIA Remembrance Service - Wildwood, Cape May County

5 - SAL Burlington County Committee of New Jersey's monthly meeting at Post #39 - Roebling, Burlington County

6 to 9 - SAL National Executive Committee (NEC) Fall Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana [SAL Member Training & Development (MTD) Committee responsibilities, i.e. facilitated Detachment Commanders' Course]

12 - Telephonically scheduled squadron visitations as noted below:

  • Squadron #84 - Oaklyn, Camden County - Sunday, January 8th at 12 Noon (tentative due to New Year's Day)
  • Squadron #459 - North Brunswick, Middlesex County - In talks with Sq. Cmdr. to schedule a visit

16 - Dialed-in to SAL National Vice Commander Joseph A. Korba's (NJ) monthly teleconference

18 - Attended SAL Squadron #526 - Southampton, Burlington County, monthly meeting

22 - Excused absence from NJ SAL Detachment meeting due to attending the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, State Council of New Jersey's, State Convention in Ocean City, N.J.

27 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #72 - Brooklawn, Camden County - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

November 2016

2 - Attended the monthly SAL Burlington County Committee meeting at Post #79 - Burlington City

3 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #133 - Woodbury, Gloucester County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016)

6 - Breakfast and Detachment Vice Commanders Meeting at Post 54 - Freehold, Monmouth County

6 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #148 - Hightstown, Mercer County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016)

9 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #262 - Audubon, Camden County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016)

10 - Visitation at Post #68 - Merchantville, Camden County, to encourage the start of SAL Squadron #68

15 - Attended The American Legion, Department of NJ, Convention Committee meeting at Post #458 - North Trenton, Mercer County, representing the NJ SAL

30 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #286 - Pine Hill, Camden County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016)

December 2016

3 - Attended The American Legion, Department of NJ, Centennial Committee meeting at Post #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County, representing the NJ SAL

3 - Attended The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of NJ, Birthday Luncheon at Post #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

3 - Attended SAL Squadron #129 - Toms River, Ocean County, 6th Annual POW/MIA Christmas Tree Lighting

4 - Breakfast and time with Santa Claus at American Legion Post #286 - Pine Hill, Camden County

5 - Conducted Meeting #2 of NJ SAL Detachment Convention Committee at Post #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

6 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #281 - Blackwood, Camden County

7 - Attended the monthly SAL Burlington County Committee meeting at Post #294 - Pemberton, Burlington County

8 - Visitation at SAL Squadron #370 - Magnolia, Camden County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016)

10 - Excused late arrival to the NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting due to a state school board function at Mercer County Community College.

13 - Visited Squadron #473 - Camden City, Camden County (Presented 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016).

14 - Attended the Burlington County SAL Budget Committee meeting at Squadron 526 - Southampton

January 2017

4 - Participated in the National SAL Membership Training & Development (MTD) Committee teleconference to plan for the Spring 2017 National Management Institute (NMI) classes.

8 - Attended breakfast fundraiser at Post 170 - Rochelle Park, Bergen County, accompanying Detachment Commander Bascou.

8 - Attended meatloaf dinner fundraiser at Post 43 - Florham Park, Morris County, accompanying Detachment Commander Bascou.

8 - Attended Detachment Commander / Vice Commanders meeting at Post 43 - Florham Park, Morris County

15 - Paid respects to American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Past Department Commander Marshall (Ted) E. Behr at his viewing / funeral service.  Attended the graveside service, along with Detachment Commander Bascou, at Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, followed by the repast at Post 331 - Stone Harbor.

24 - Attended Squadron 526 - Southampton's regular monthly meeting. 

25 - Dialed-in to National SAL MTD Committee teleconference, later to find out the chairman had to cancel the meeting due to personal matters.

February 2017

1 - Attended the Burlington County SAL regular monthly meeting at Post 526 - Southampton

 

4 - Attended the NJ SAL Detachment Convention Committee meeting at Post 346 - Neptune

 

5 - Attended The American Legion, Department of New Jersey's "For God & Country" service at the Cathedral of the Air in Lakehurst

 

9 - Made phone calls to squadrons sitting at "0" to encourage membership renewals ASAP.  Squadrons called included: 248; 253; 62; 31; and, 313.

11 - Attended the NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting at the War Memorial Building in Trenton

12 - Visited the Chapel of the Four Chaplains at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in Pennsylvania.  Afterwards, attended the Camden County American Legion Family's Four Chaplains Memorial Service at Pine Hill United Methodist Church.

18 - Attended The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Centennial Committee meeting at Post 294 - Pemberton, Burlington County

19 - Assisted with the NJ SAL Detachment Bingo / Pizza Party at the Vineland Veterans Home in Cumberland County

19 - Called in to National SAL Vice Commander Joe Korba's teleconference

20 - Paid respects to Legionnaire Russell S. Nelson, father of NJ SAL NEC Gary P. Nelson, at the funeral home in Cliffside Park, Bergen County

21 - Attended The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Convention Committee meeting at Post 458 - North Trenton, Mercer County.

22 - Participated in the National SAL MTD teleconference in preparation for NMI at Spring NEC.

23 - Visited SAL Squadron 311 - Atco, Camden County, monthly meeting.  Presented them with their 100% membership ribbon for 2016.

25 & 26 - Attended The American Legion's Washington Conference in Washington, D.C. Placed wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and WWII Memorial.

28 - Attended SAL Squadron 526 - Southampton, Burlington County, monthly meeting.

March 2017

1 - Burlington County SAL monthly meeting at Squadron 336 - Burlington City.

5 - Dialed into the SAL National MTD teleconference in preparation for NMI at Spring NEC

7 - Called several squadrons across Mercer and Middlesex Counties to get their membership processed.

11 - Burlington County American Legion and Sons of The American Legion Testimonial Banquet in Eastampton.

12 - NJ SAL Detachment Convention Committee meeting at Post 346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

18 - Attended the NJ SAL Detachment Mentoring Seminar at Post 262 - Audubon, Camden County

19 - Attended the Camden County American Legion Family's Testimonial Dinner at Adelphia's in Deptford, Gloucester County

26 - Attended NJ SAL Detachment Commander Bascou's Testimonial Dinner in Berlin, Camden County

April 2017

1 - Attended SAL National Vice Commander Joe Korba's Testimonial Dinner in Somers Point, Atlantic County

3 - Paid respects to Mrs. Doris Nelson, mother of NJ SAL NEC Gary P. Nelson, at the funeral home in Cliffside Park, Bergen County

4 - Accompanied NJ SAL comrade C. David Page to the Wildwoods Convention Center for a Department Convention Committee meeting

8 - Attend the NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting in Trenton, Mercer County

8 - Attend the Burlington County American Legion Auxiliary Luncheon in Riverside 

For God & Country,

Jeff


Jeffrey E. Hicks

Detachment Vice Commander

Sons of The American Legion (SAL)

Detachment of New Jersey