Lifetime member of Post 113 Cheryl Weglewski was elected AMVETS Department of Illinois Commander on June 9, 2012, at the 67th Annual Department Convention. Read more about our newest commander's life and service to AMVETS below.
Commander Weglewski joined AMVETS as a life member in 1995, and has served as Post 113's (Bradley) Post Adjutant for 17 years. In addition, she has been the District IV Commander four times and the Vice-Commander of District III, IV & V twice. Commander Weglewski has served as the AMVETS Department of Illinois Provost Marshal in 2002-03 and 2009-10. Ms. Weglewski moved up to Senior Vice Commander of Programs in 2010, and Senior Vice Commander of Membership in 2011. In her time with AMVETS, Weglewski has worked in the area of veteran's service at the Manteno Veterans Home, and with child welfare programs in her community and surrounding areas.
Commander Weglewski comes from a line of servicemen and women. Her grandfather (deceased) was an Army veteran, serving in WWI. Her father (deceased) was a life member of Post 43, and served in the Army during the Korean War. Her mother, a life member of Post 113, is a Navy veteran.
Weglewski joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1987 and left in 1995. She did her basic training and advanced training at Fort Jackson (South Carolina). During her time in service, Weglewski reached the rank of E-6. Her first position was with 476th Personnel Service Company (Chicago); next was the 5034th Army Reserve School in Homewood, Illinois; her third position was with the 86th United States Army Reserve Command, Department of Operations in Forest Park, Illinois; and, Commander Weglewski's final position was with US Reserve Postal Unit located in Homewood, Illinois.
On a personal note, Weglewski was born in Chicago. She has her master's degrees from Indiana University and Olivet Nazarene University. For the past 30-plus years, Ms. Weglewski has taught children with special needs.
When asked about her upcoming year as Department Commander, Weglewski said, "I am looking forward to a great year of service for veterans!"
AMVETS Dept. of Illinois