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Posted on: July 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] John Behnke to Serve as Parade Grand Marshal for Montgomery Fest

John Behnke

John Behnke served as Commander of the VFW from 2012-2016. He is retired after working as an air traffic controller for the FFA from 1959-2000, serving at both St. Louis and Chicago control centers. He and his wife Donas (nee Yost) have three daughters; she passed away in 2013 after 51 years of marriage.

John served in the Air Force from 1955-1959. He was a ground control radar operator, keeping track of enemy flights and enemy aircraft in Korea. He served with the 607th AC&W squadron, which trained him well for his future civilian job.

While at the VFW, John helped organize various annual events, including the new Rolling Thunder event that was held for the first time last year. He continues to lead the color guard, which provides final honors at graveside services for veterans. The Montgomery VFW Post was chartered in 1946 and is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. on August 14th. It will feature community floats, marching bands, the Division BMX Stunt Team and local dignitaries.

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