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State American Legion Department’s 100th Commander is a SUNY Cobleskill Grad


Cobleskill's Gary Schacher takes on state American Legion post

Cobleskill’s Gary Schacher became the 100th commander of the American Legion Department of New York State—and the first Iraq War veteran to hold that post—at ceremonies Saturday in Rochester.

A 26-year United States Navy veteran, Commander Schacher served in Fallujah from 2004-2005 and has dedicated his post-military career to supporting veterans across New York State.

His election came just before the end of the 100th organization’s convention, held Thursday through Saturday. Commander Schacher succeeds Commander Rena Nessler, also a Navy veteran, who was also the first woman commander of the American Legion Department of New York.

Read the full announcement.