James D. Pidgeon, California resident and business owner, is currently serving as AMVETS National Commander. He is a Navy veteran who served from 1969-1973. He has honorably served AMVETS in many different positions. James served as post 56 commander in 2005 and 2006. He then held the office of 1st vice commander for the Department of California in 2006. In 2007 he became the Department of California’s commander before serving as the Service Foundation president for the Department of California. He has been a successful business owner of several companies for more than 38 years. He is married with adult children and works a small ranch tending to lots of animals.
National Executive Director Stewart Hickey
Since 2011, Major Stewart M. Hickey, United States Marine Corps, (Retired) has served as AMVETS National Executive Director where he operates the nation’s fourth largest congressionally chartered veterans service organization and its subordinate organizations, and the daily advocacy of issues affecting veterans, national security, foreign affairs and the economy. Previously Hickey was chief executive officer for the Hyndman (Pa.) Area Health Center, a multi-site community health center providing medical and dental services to several counties of Pa, WV and Md. His health care administration includes as Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown, Md., a 123-bed JCAHO accredited, long term care and sub acute hospital with rehab, OT, PT and Respiratory care. Hickey received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Penn State University, and his Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University.
Hickey enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in Feb. 1977 in Cumberland, MD as an infantryman, and transferred to Platoon Leaders Class in the summer of 1978. His military education includes The Basic School (TBS), Armor Officer Basic (AOB), Amphibious Warfare School (AWS,NR), Armor Officer Advanced Course (AOAC), and Marine Corps Command and Staff College (NR).
Hickey served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for his achievements as Commanding Officer, Company D, Third Tank Battalion, Task Force RIPPER, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Saudi Arabia from Sept.1990 to Feb. 1991.
Hickey resides on his family farm in Cumberland Valley Township (Bedford Co.) and in McConnellsburg, Pa. He and his wife Ellen have five children: Monroe, Ali, Charles, Andrew, and Bryce. Three of his sons, Andrew, Monroe, and Charles, followed their father’s path and currently serve in the United States military.