NABVETS Elects New Leadership, Focuses on the Future

National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) 
2014 National Convention: New York

Brooklyn, NY, August 20, 2014:  The National Association for Black Veteran’s Inc. (NABVETS) held its Bi-Annual Convention in Brooklyn, NY 14 – 17 August 2014. The event was hosted at the headquarters of the Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ,) under the direction of Wendy McClinton, BVSJ President & CEO. With representatives from NABVETS chapters, state and regional commands, as well as the National Command Council, there was tremendous energy and unity of purpose throughout the conference.  This energy and unity in purpose provided for a renewing of focus and establishment of goals and changes that will continue to move NABVETS forward in its mission.During this Historical event BG (Ret) Cocroft, one of the Founders and the First National Commander of the National Association for Black Veteran’s, Inc. (NABVETS,) stated to the National Command Council that he had decided not to seek re-election to the position of NABVETS’ National Commander, preferring instead to foster younger leadership. The National Command Council then elected Richard S. Kornegay, from Fayetteville, NC, a US Army retiree, three (3) time Vietnam Veteran, and a 2012 Awardee of President Obama’s Whitehouse Champion for Change as NABVETS’ new National Commander. Commander Kornegay’s Challenge to the Membership and the newly elected Commanders is that we continue what we do in creating a positive lifestyle for Veterans, their families and communities, and to commit to an intensified concentration on recruiting and providing services in our neighborhoods, so as to continue to be one of the finest Veteran service organizations in the country.
The full results of the National Command Council elections are as follows:
National Commander ……………………………………….Richard S. Kornegay
National Vice-Commander. (Programs)……………………Dr. Franklin DB Jackson
National Vice-Commander..(Convention)………………….Rev. Dr. James Greenwood
National Vice-Commander (Communication)………….….Joe Wynn
Nation Vice-Commander (Fundraising)……………………..Wendy McClinton
Region I Commander…………………………………………Lloyd Burroughs
Region II Commander………………………………………..Ulysses A. Sheppard, Sr.
Region III Commander……………………………………….Col. (Ret) James Scott
Region IV Commander……………………………………….Mike Beal
Region V Commander………………………………………..Richard S. Kornegay
Region VI Commander……………………………………….Shedrick Jones
Region VII Commander………………………………………Wendy McClinton
Region VIII Commander……………………………………..LTC (Ret) Richard D. Kingsberry
Region IX Commander……………………………………….William (Bill) Jackson
Secretary……………………………………………………….Mary E. Elliott
National Chaplain……………………………………………..Bishop Leon McClain
Editor in Chief Eclipse Magazine……………………………..…Alvin Fagan
Emeritus Member / Founder………………………………..……William Sims
Emeritus Member……………………………………………..Richard Rodgers
At Large Member…………………………………………………….Clarence (Tiger) Davis
At Large Member……………………………………………….……..James Bishop
Emeritus Member/Past National Commander…………….BG (Ret) Robert Cocroft
This was, by all accounts, a historic and energizing convention. Attendees left this great event empowered with a renewed sense of focus and dedication to meet the challenge issued by newly elected National Commander Kornegay and bring their level of service to Veterans, their families, and communities to new heights.