Friday, September 07, 2018
Legion Riders Director Is Desert Storm Vet
Bob Wallace, the director of New York’s American Legion Riders, is a 12-year U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War era. He is a 27-year member of the Francis M. Dalton American Legion Post 282 and a charter member of the American Legion Riders Chapter 282.
At the Department level, Bob serves as an instructor at American Legion Family College. At the District level, he had been co-chair for the American Legion Riders as well as chair for other committees. In 2017-2018, Bob was Livingston County commander. and committee chairman for Legion Riders and Internal Affairs. At the post level, he is a past post commander and currently vice commander. He also had been membership chair (receiving a 100 percent ribbon). For Riders Chapter 282. he previously served as the sergeant-at-arms and chaplain.
Bob graduated from the American Legion College of New York in 2015 and the National American Legion College in 2016.
Within the Post 282 Family and his County, Bob has chaired many events. Most recently, he served on a committee to raise funds for the Staff Sergeant Alexandria Mae Gleason-Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund in Livingston County and chaired the Blue Ribbon Ride for Prostate Cancer Awareness. Bob says he was proud to represent Chapter 282 ALR and honor Vietnam veterans at Rolling Thunder in Washington D.C. over Memorial Day Weekend in 2017.
Bob Wallace retired from the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in 2012 where he served as the supervisor of Grounds and Transportation. Active in his community, Bob is a volunteer firefighter, adjutant and Board member at the West Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, and he was named Firefighter of the Year in 2014. Bob is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario County Volunteer Fire Police Association, as well as immediate past president of the Ontario County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
Bob and his wife, Terri, have been married for 14 years. Their son is an Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion. Their daughter and Bob’s mother are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition to being a paid-up-for-life (PUFL) Legion member, Bob is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion, and a life member of VFW Post 26 in Lima.