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Brockberg to attend National American Legion College

WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill “Brock” Brockberg has been selected to attend the National American Legion College (NALC) Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 in Indianapolis, Ind. He was one of two Minnesota Legionnaires chosen from about 10,000 eligible members to attend the all-expense paid college.

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Each year, the 55 Departments of the American Legion — one for every State and five overseas — may select an attendee to the NALC. This year, because class size permitted, Minnesota’s American Legion is sending two student legionnaires.

In Minnesota there are about 90,000 members of the American Legion and about 3 million Legion members nationwide. NALC students are chosen by Legionnaires who served on active-duty after the Vietnam War, which is about 10 to 12 percent of the membership.

The NALC teaches the core values and contributions of the organization and prepares young Legionnaires for leadership positions in posts, districts and departments through education, development and motivation. The curriculum challenges student leaders to think critically and creatively about issues confronting the Legion.

Students review the American Legion’s core values, develop new ideas and consider the future. An emphasis is placed on programs, management techniques and leadership skills necessary to increase visibility of programs, growth in membership, and public awareness of the Legion and its corresponding organizations.

Core subjects include mentoring, leadership styles and opportunities, time management, conflict resolution and legal issues.

Brockberg is starting his eighth continuous year of Legion membership with Michael-Boock Post 6 in Pipestone. He has served as Post First and Second Vice Commander, Commander, membership director and adjutant. At the district level, he has served as a Vice Commander, First Vice Commander and Commander. He has also served on district committees for public relations and veterans affairs and rehabilitation. Brockberg is now the secretary to the post development and revitalization committee for the Department of Minnesota.

Brockberg has been the Nobles County Veterans Service Officer for six years and is retired from the U.S. Army.