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Karen Runk, Dept Chairman

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The purpose of National Security is to maintain and promote a strong national defense by strengthening and supporting military service members and their families. This program includes development, implementation and monitoring programs and activities that contribute to the practical, emotional and social well-being of military service members and their families.

This program also includes all activities promoting law and order in our communities, as well as interest in the security of our country. Suggested activities include donations to the USO, promoting safety in the streets, respect for laws and law enforcement personnel, emergency planning, blood donor program, ROTC/ JROTC recognition programs, POW-MIA awareness, supporting the Gold Star/Blue Star banner program, and participating in Operation Homefront and welcome home celebrations.

Units are encouraged to honor all enlisted service members and to submit nominations for the Salute to Servicemember Award to the National Security Chairman by the established deadline.

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2023 District Chairmen:

District 1 - Anita Bromely             District 7 - Christina Petranovich

District 2 - Carol Szudrowitz        District 8 - Vacant

District 3 - Vacant                            District 9 - TBD

District 4 - Sue Hembrook             District 10 - Chrys Porter

District 5 - Vacant                            District 11 - TBD

District 6 - Phyllis Schultz              District 12 - Vacant


2023-2024 National Security Program Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements

Thank you for taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission! Your story may inspire another member into service. It also helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter.


Here are the national awards for this committee:

Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit National Security Program for Central Division

  • April 1:  All unit entries must be submitted to the department chairman by April 1st using the entry form in the National Security Program Engagement Plan.

Salute to Service Members Award

  • May 1:  Unit entries must be submitted to the department chairman by May 1st using the entry form the in the National Security Program Engagement Plan.

  • This award was established in 2003 and has evolved to honor all enlisted personnel who are currently serving our country in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, and the National Guard/Reserve. One enlisted service member from each branch of service as well as the National Guard/Reserve will be recognized at the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention. Recipients will attend the National Convention as guests of the Auxiliary.


Authorization to Release Personal Information:

Award submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary. Through submission of reports and award entries, the submitter grants non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the materials submitted and agrees to have their names and submission published for ALA use or commercial use without additional compensation or permission.

Please fill out the information as completely and accurately as possible. Award certificates will be completed using the information provided on the entry form, so please be sure to complete it in its entirety.  Please refer to the webpage for the specific criteria such as photographs, narrative length, submission deadline, and point of contact. All awards will be mailed to the department office after ALA National Convention.

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