Installation of officers for the Los Banos VFW and American Legion Posts for 2022-23 was held recently at the Los Banos Veterans June dinner meeting.
The VFW installed Air Force Veteran Michael Hughes as Commander for the coming year. Ray McCaulley, a fellow veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will serve as Sr. Vice-commander, while Marine Corps veteran Robert Straus will hold down the Jr. Vice-commander position.
Army veteran Mario Telemonte is the incoming Judge Adjudicate, while Navy veteran Rick Toscano will serve as Adjudicate. The new VFW Chaplin is Army veteran Jess Medrano, and Navy veteran Jim Valentine will serve as the Quartermaster.
The Los Banos American Legion Post will once again be headed by Army veteran Alan Cotta, who will serve as Post Commander. Navy veteran Tom Higby will serve as Cotta’s Vice-Commander.
The Los Banos Veterans are hard at work preparing for the November 5, 2022, Veterans Day Parade. They are currently hosting a “Grocery Grab” fund-raiser to help benefit this year’s parade.