St. John Valley

Leroy McKenzie named American Legion District 17 commander

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Eagle Lake Smart-Soucie American Legion Post 176 Commander Leroy McKenzie was recently elected American Legion District 17 commander. 

District 17 encompasses Legion posts in northern Aroostook County.

“Being district commander is not only an honor but it is a challenge that I look forward to,” McKenzie said. “I have many people that will gladly help me along the way. The officers that sit in the positions alongside of me boast years of experience, including a past national vice commander [Lloyd Woods of Stockholm] currently serving as my adjutant.”

McKenzie, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, takes over the role from retiring District 17 Commander Joseph Michaud.

“Commander Michaud is not only a personal friend but he is also a mentor in my American Legion journey,” McKenzie said. “If it was not for him and his help I would not be where I am in the Legion. His knowledge he passed on to me is priceless.”

McKenzie will also continue to serve as commander of the Smart-Soucie Post. 

Serving veterans is a family endeavor as McKenzie’s wife Heather is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, of which the couple’s3-year-old daughter Lux is a junior member. 

Leroy McKenzie works at Fort Kent Power Sports and will graduate from University of Maine at Fort Kent in December with a degree in computer science. He is also a member of the SAD 27 school board. 

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — December 20, 2020 — Leroy McKenzie (left) and his wife, Heather McKenzie. (Courtesy of Leroy McKenzie)

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