CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A veteran from North Bend, Ore., was appointed national sergeant-at-arms for the 2.2-million member veterans organization during its national convention in Cincinnati today.
Kevin J. Owens, a U.S. Coast Guard retiree, served as an electrician on land and at sea. He saw duty on two ships as well as serving twice as a lighthouse technician with the Port Angeles, Wash., and Coos Bay, Ore., Aids To Navigation Teams (ATON).
Following his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard, Owens began working for Platt Electric and has been with the company for twenty years, seventeen of which he has been the branch manager.
The American Legion has provided many opportunities for Owens within Bay Area Post 34, District 9 and the Department of Oregon. He served as Department of Oregon (state) Commander from 2008 to 2009.
Owens and his wife Krisann reside in North Bend and have been married for thirty years. They have one child, Alisha, and one grandchild, Jonah. Their daughter Alisha and Son-In-Law Connor both serve in the U.S. Navy and are Legionnaires. Grandson Jonah is a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Kevin is now one of 12 national officers in The American Legion.