• Madison County Circuit Judge Laura Jo Hamilton swears in the new officers for the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition during the coalition’s annual meeting at the Alabama Veterans Museum. From foreground to background, the new officers are: secretary – Beverly Lowe; vice president for membership – retired Col. Bob Wilke; treasurer – retired Col. Joe Paddock; vice president for corporate/military affairs – retired Sgt. 1st Class Russell Kimball; vice president for finance – National Guard Capt. Jeff Owen; executive vice president – retired Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Mozian; and president – retired Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. John Perry.

    Coalition's New Officers

    Madison County Circuit Judge Laura Jo Hamilton swears in the new officers for the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition during the coalition’s annual meeting at the Alabama Veterans Museum. From foreground to background, the new...

  • David Carney, outgoing president of the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition, accepts an Eagle trophy from incoming coalition president John Perry. Carney was thanked by the coalition for making the organization stronger and more effective during his two-year tenure as president.

    Soaring with a Hero

    David Carney, outgoing president of the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition, accepts an Eagle trophy from incoming coalition president John Perry. Carney was thanked by the coalition for making the organization stronger and more...

Among the review of 2008 highlights - including the Blue Star Service Banner Program, Flag Day ceremonies, Operation Christmas Bear and Veterans Day activities - members of the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition also said thank you during their annual membership meeting to a leader who has solidified the coalition as the community's leading military volunteer organization.

During the meeting Jan. 21 at the Alabama Veterans Museum, coalition president David Carney turned the responsibility of leadership over to incoming president John Perry and his new board members.

The coalition presented Carney, who has served two years as president and three years as secretary before that, with an Eagle trophy inscribed with the words "with heartfelt appreciation from those whose lives have been touched by your leadership and patriotism."

"The past two years have been an extreme high point for me," Carney said after the meeting. "I've gotten to know so many people working on so many projects. It's just been incredible, a great opportunity, an incredible privilege."

Carney said he knows the coalition and its 50 member organizations will go on to do even greater things for the area's military under its new leadership.

"In the military, you learn to lay the groundwork so that your organization can be better with each successive leader," said Carney, a retired Alabama Army National Guard sergeant. "That's what we're trained to do. This is a great organization and it will continue to be better. John Perry will be an excellent leader for the coalition."

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