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American Legion Post 58’s Color Guard defended its first place 2018 title, taking top honors again at the annual American Legion Department of Arizona Convention held June 20-23 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix.

The group participated in the posting/retrieving of the national colors competition.

Color Guard members were Kevin Wood, commander and American flag holder; Gerry Jacobus, American Flag holder replacing Bob Putnam who was not available; Tait Elkie, rifleman, and Phil Yin, director and rifleman.

As part of the honor of placing first, American Legion Post 58 will post and retrieve the national colors at all 2019-2020 state conferences and convention.

More significantly, the team will compete at the national convention Aug. 22-25 in Indianapolis. One additional color guard member, Andy MacDonald, will compete as well in the military class.

A performance video can be viewed on the Legion’s post website, azalpost58.org.

The team was judged on the following criteria:

*Eligibility – member in the American Legion organization.

*Inspection – inspected for eligibility, uniform and equipment compliance.

*Flag Code – Basis for judging flag code violations was the “American Legion Flag Code.”

*Timing – each team had a maximum of four minutes for posting and retrieving of the colors.

*Execution – Commanding officer, unit members marching and maneuvering.

*General effect – Dignity and military bearing showmanship.

The team scored 98 points out of a maximum 100.

Competing color guard teams represented Legion Post 29, Glendale; Post 135, Cornville; Post 27, Apache Junction, and Post 39, Gilbert.