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  Did You Know?
BY KATHY BANFIELD SHAW
    Post 257 Commander Brian Mohlman, now the membership director for the American Legion, Department of Michigan, is proud of the local post for that membership growth, the post’s local community involvement, and “...the awesome leadership...”
eral missions, whereas the National Guard responds to state missions. He also mentioned that members of the National Guard primarily stay in their local area and the same unit for their entire career. The National Guard is also known to be multi-generational, meaning family members follow each other serving in the Guard.
to ask permission to name the Post
in Michael’s honor,” Brian said. “I thought it would be the most difficult call ever, but as soon as I spoke to Vickie, Michael’s widow, it became the best phone call I’ve ever had to make.” Brian said that Vickie was a wonderful
Brian’s a local, born and raised in Battle Creek, and attended Pennfield schools. His career took him to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Rockwell International work-
Gold Star Mother and now there’s a close relationship between Post 257 and Michael’s family includ- ing his three sisters and a brother. Michael is a Gulf War Hero who gave his life in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on July 17, 2006.
 ing on the B-1 Bomber and the Space Shuttle and to El Segun- do, California and Northrup to work on the F-18 and the Stealth Fighter. He returned to Bat-
Brian credits the Post’s lead- ers and members to their current success. “One important question members of each post need to answer is, ‘Is your communi-
ty better with or without your Post?’” he told me. “We ask that question about each program before adopting or not adopting it.” Brian believes in involving the local community in every project they take on. In the past
tle Creek and began college at Western Michigan University to study accountancy. He’s owned
a tax preparation business since 1994. While working in his own business Brian was a member of
the Air National Guard, retiring as Senior Master Sergeant after 27 years. When I asked him what
kept him with the National Guard he quickly said, “The camaraderie with others, the relationships you develop. I did a lot of traveling and lot of
In addition to all that, Brian also volunteers at Fort Custer National Cemetery as a member of the Honor Guard. “It’s an extension of the cama- raderie I mentioned before,” Brian told
year, even considering the restrictions caused by Covid-19, Post 257 has sponsored blood drives, a returnable bottle and can drive, Adopt-A-High- way, Boys’ State and Girls’ State,
Did you know that the American Legion Post 257 has experienced
a membership in- crease since 2017 growing from
50 to over 160 members? Former
interaction with my counterparts across the Guard and across the country... that was special.” Brian told me differences between the Reserves and the National Guard are the Reserves is primarily a federal agency and respond to fed-
me. A member of the Honor Guard recruited him to join the American Legion Post 298 and he was that Post’s Commander for two years. He moved to the American Legion Post 257, now named for Staff Sergeant Michael A. Dickinson II. “As Commander of the Post it was my job to call the family
Brian Mohlman
the flag pole display at Harper Creek Schools, and hosting Driver’s Educa- tion classes.
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The American Legion SSG Michael A. Dickinson II Post 257 is now locat- ed on B Drive North, across the street from Harper Creek Schools in a former church that the Post is purchasing. In fact, the closing date is in October.
The Post is sponsoring a blood drive October 29 and 30 at their building.
 If you don’t find Brian at the Post you may find him fishing at Waubas- con Lake near Bedford catching Bass or maybe weeds.
  





























































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