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There is an old saying “that time stands still for no man” and sure enough it has not stood still for me as your Commander General. It seems like only yesterday we were attending the 51st Biennial Conference in Rhode Island and here we are only three months away from the 52nd Biennial to be held in Galveston, Texas. Senior Vice Commander General CPT Rich Coutermarsh and the Texas Commandery have been working diligently to host our upcoming Biennial Conference at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Resort in Galveston, Texas. I have seen several photos of the accommodations and the hotel grounds and they look great. The location of our upcoming Biennial looks very promising and should prove to be an asset for a productive meeting. I urge all Commanderys to send delegates to include: Commanders, National delegates, interested companions, and guests to this Biennial Conference so we can appropriately conduct the business of the order. Organizing Secretaries are also urged to attend to gain first hand info on forming Commanderys This Biennial is a very important part of our Military Order of Foreign Wars as we enter our 121st year. We must continue to focus on the future of the Order with recognition of our longevity and history. I am pleased to report that the members of the National General Staff and the functions that they have undertaken are operating at or near 100 percent. I am specifically referring to those Companions that stepped forward during the last year to take on responsibilities previously conducted by Past Commander General Ron Sommer; Secretary General LTC Dennis Morgan has been working diligently with Commandery officials to update our National Rosters; Webmaster General and now Newsletter Editor MAJ George Miller continues with updates to the Website, getting out the MOFW Newsletter, and reformatting our membership database; Awards Chairman CW5 Dave Hathaway continues the process of tweaking our awards effort, and finally Quartermaster General CW3 Brad Hopkins continues the effort to make quartermaster items readily available through a more efficient process. I look forward to seeing everyone at the 52nd Biennial Conference in Galveston, Texas

David H. Russell 

COL (Ret) USA 

Commander General MOFWUS