Joey Hernandez

Joey in Nature

Commander

Joey was born and raised in Orange CA. He is the proud father of three children, Holden, Finley, and Arlo. In 2002 he followed in his Father’s footsteps and joined the Navy, his grandfather’s also served in the Army Air Corps (WWII) and the US Marines (Pacific theater WWII). For 13 years he served his country in a variety of duty stations, continents, onboard two warships, the U.S.S. Jarrett (FFG 33) and the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN 68) and a helicopter squadron (HSC-6). As a Master At Arms, he served in Sigonella, Sicily, Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Bahrain, to name a few.

A combat veteran, Joey has deployed to various regions in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), serving alongside all branches as a member of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and as the protective services agent to the Commander International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF) and Commander US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). Joey ended his career at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Washington and currently resides in the Seattle area.

His passions lie in doing his utmost to support the communities he serves, assisting with all that need it, giving to those who have less and bridging the gap between the veteran community and the local community.


Jordan Houghton

Adjutant

Jordan trying to look normal

Jordan was a Combat Medic (68W) who deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of OEF 11-12. Jordan is a recipient of the Combat Medical Badge, Purple Heart, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. After leaving the Army in 2013, he attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with the major of Psychology in 2015. Jordan currently is in his 4th year of a doctorate of psychology program and is serving as the Department Vice-Commander (Area I) of the Department of Washington.

During his time at the University of Washington, he revived the student organization Husky Veterans, and with the help of his leadership team, they helped create the Office of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington in 2015. Jordan is currently the Assistant Director of Student Veteran Life at UW and spends his time between community service, work, clinical hours, and family.


Paul Otal

Senior Vice Commander

Paul currently serves as the Senior Vice Commander of Post 206 and leads the effort on the William C. Stacey Mapleleaf Baseball Field renaming project. Paul continues to seek ways for Post 206 to serve in the community, finding similarities and camaraderie through various groups.


Dirk Erickson

Junior Vice Commander

Dirk is on a boat!

Dirk commissioned into the Marines in 2007, serving 6 years on active duty and achieving the rank of Captain before transitioning to the reserves. Graduating from the University of Washington, he led a civil affairs team in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. While he was in Afghanistan, he worked with various infantry battalions, and also was an MCMAP instructor earning the degree of Blackbelt.

Although he has worked many different jobs and areas Dirk now has started his own business called ‘Been There Done That’, which is meant to show a subtle badge of honor as a Veteran that isn’t loud or ‘in your face’. You can check out his business at https://www.btdtgear.com


Sirena Herd

Finance Officer

More to come soon.


Joey Massa

Chaplain

This is how Joey always looks

Joey served in the Washington Army National Guard as a 13B Field Artilleryman from 2009-2015. His first involvement with The American Legion began as a participant in Evergreen Boys State, which he later helped facilitate as a staff member, and now he serves as the Assistant Director for the upcoming years program!

Joey is currently the Department of Washington Chaplain. He serves as a secular chaplain for both our post and the Department, fulfilling the spiritual needs of members.


Wes King

Sergeant at Arms

More to come soon.