It humbles me to know that you have elected me to serve as your Department Commander in the state where I was born and raised and love dearly. I take your trust and confidence very seriously. Together I feel we are facing some of the biggest challenges since our Departments inception. Our membership and finances have taken a very serious down turn over the past ten years. “Membership CANNOT be an option!” It has to be our number one priority in each and every one of our Posts. My challenge to myself and each one of you is to recruit just one MEMBER and MENTOR just that one member. Membership is the engine that drives all we do for each other, what we represent in our communities, and how we support all our programs that mean so much to us.
Our Redistricting Committee has put a lot of hard work into putting together a five District Department. It’s now up to us to plan our work and work our plan. To start TURNING those old pages and replacing them with NEW PAGES.
Every new member is a new idea. Let’s be inclusive and not exclusive. Let’s have open minds. And you know what?
“WE ARE GONNA HAVE A GREAT YEAR!”
Robert S. Kish
VFW State Commander
Department of West Virginia 2016/2017
Robert Kish was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, Ohio County.
His foreign tours include Vietnam and Korea on the DMZ. After Robert’s foreign tour he served 3 years with the Army Reserves.
Robert is a Life Member of the Elm Grove Post 4442 where he served as Commander and Trustee. Assistant Inspector General National 2011/2012. He was District 1 Commander 2012 /2013. He, also, served as State WV Surgeon, WV State Jr. Vice Commander and WV State Sr. Vice Commander.
Robert served in the State of Arkansas as VFW District 8 Commander. American Legion District 13 Commander and American Legion Post 48 Commander. He, also, served as President of the American Legion Department of Arkansas American Legion Foundation. While in Arkansas, he served on various Post and State level committees and leadership positions.
Presently Robert and his wife Nancy are retired and living in the Wheeling area.
Department of West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander
Todd Kingsbury was born in Hartford, CT, in 1962. He joined the US Navy in May 1981 and retired in May 2001. He made five deployments aboard USS Ranger serving as a Plane Captain, USS Constellation (twice) and the USS Nimitz (twice) where he received his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Rating, the last deployment was in Desert Storm. He received two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, and two Achievement Medals as well as many other campaign and deployment medals and ribbons.
Upon returning from Desert Storm,Todd joined the VFW in 1991 becoming a Life Member (and now Legacy Life Member), and also became a Military Order of Cooties Life Member. He has been All State (three times) and All American Post Commander, District Commander of the Year (twice) and now serves as the Department of WV VFW Commander.
After retiring from the Navy, he received his Class ‘A’ General Contractors License and owns Mid Atlantic Remodelers as well as a Certified Home Inspector with his company, Mid Atlantic Home Inspectors.
Todd is a Professional SCUBA diver and enjoys traveling and hunting in exotic locations around the world. In addition to the VFW and MOC he is also a member of the American Legion, Life Member of the VFW National Home as well as a Master Mason.
Todd has three sons and two grandsons and he resides in the Charles Town, WV area.