American Legion Sammy Davis Jr. Post 784 installed its first female commander, Star Manning, a U.S. Marine veteran. The ceremony was held at the American Legion Community Post 46 in Los Angeles.
“I’ve waited for this opportunity all my life,” Manning told CBS KCAL in an interview. “Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
The post is facing challenges: It has no physical home and has struggled to stay open, with low recruitment and budget. Manning, graduated from Crenshaw High School, where she was introduced to the armed forces in her high school ROTC class. She later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduation on the advice of retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Paul J. Madison.
Manning served in Operation’s Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. During her active duty service she received several medals, accommodations and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).Manning also holds the title of Ms. Armed Forces All-American where she uses her platform to be a strong advocate for veteran’s voices, and build connections with Millennial veterans. She now works at the L.A. Rams/Chargers stadium project and assist veterans to obtain employment on her spare time.
“This American Legion post supported me as a high school student,” said Manning. “I can’t turn my back now that it needs me.”