Commander Lane was elected Sunday, July 14, 2013 in North Little Rock during the 95th Arkansas State Convention of the American Legion...the state's largest veteran's organization. (Photo: American Legion)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Legion) -- The American Legion Department of Arkansas is pleased to announce the election of Jim Lane, of Pickett American Legion Post #21 in Jonesboro, Arkansas as the 2013-2014 State Commander of the American Legion for the State of Arkansas. Commander Lane was elected Sunday, July 14, 2013 in North Little Rock during the 95th Arkansas State Convention of the American Legion...the state's largest veteran's organization.
Lane is a Vietnam-Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is a 12 year member of Pickett Post #21 in Jonesboro. Lane has also been a member of American Legion Posts in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Texas. He has served in numerous positions with the American Legion Department of Arkansas including American Legion Department of Arkansas North-East Area Vice Commander, Chairman of the Department of Arkansas Foreign Relations Committee, Policy Committee, Vice Chairman of National Homeland Security Council, District #5 Commander, and Post #21 Commander and Adjutant. He is also current serving President of the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation and Detail Leader of the Craighead County Veterans Honor Guard.
Commander Lane was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas and graduated from Bono High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in August 1962 and served on active duty until August 1966. He then attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas and graduated in 1971 with a BS degree in Agriculture Engineering. Commander Lane was employed by General Motors working in Field Sales, Service, and Marketing, retiring with 35 years of service. During this 35 years Lane lived in 8 different states and 11 different cities.
Lane and his wife Brenda, who is President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21, make their home in Jonesboro where they have lived for the past 9 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Commander Lane, like his predecessors, believes the American Legion is the greatest organization for Veterans in the history of America, and is committed to serving all veterans and their families.