The gavel was tapped three times as each officer position on the Jack D. Levy American Legion Post 573 was called out and nominations were taken during the organization’s Saturday morning election.

In the end, Roger Crager of Harker Heights was elected the new commander.

A 40-year American Legion member, Crager recently served as the post’s second vice commander.

“I was in charge of entertainment and we did well in that area,” he said. “I hope to bring more members as well as more cohesion within the legion along with the sons and riders.”

Crager has 21 years of military service and retired as a sergeant first class. He retired from the Killeen school district in June 2012 after working for 10 years as the kitchen manager at Cedar Valley Elementary.

He is also the president of the Killeen Association for School Nutrition.

“We raise money to give out scholarships through each high school and also for members who have daughters and sons graduating for scholarships,” Crager said.

Crager also has a private business as a mobile disc jockey. He lives in Harker Heights with his wife of 30 years, Nancy.

The American Legion is a veteran’s service organization committed to mentoring youth, advocating patriotism, promoting national security and continued devotion to fellow service members. There are 473 members in Post 573.

“We support all the legions, and the auxiliary and riders and to make this place grow,” Crager said.

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