Commander’s Bio

2017 ‐ 2018


Born in Springdale, PA and attended public schools there graduating in 1964. Attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1968 with a BA in History and as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Entered on active duty in June, 1969. Completed Infantry Officers Basic Course at Ft. Benning, GA. Followed by completing Officers Fixed Wing Aviation Course at Ft. Stewart, GA and Ft. Rucker, AL. Served one tour in Vietnam from August 1970-August, 1971. Upon return to CONUS attended Intelligence Officers Basic Course at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. This was followed by assignment to the 519th Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Bragg, NC as Executive Officer of the Interrogation and Document Analysis Company.

While stationed at Ft. Bragg met then 2Lt. Gerry May and we married on December 16, 1972. Requested relief from active duty and received an honorable discharge in August, 1973.

Completed Master Degree in Educational Leadership and spent 16 years as a teacher and coach followed by 15 years as an administrator.

With Gerry raised three sons: John C. Hince, Jr. (deceased); Captain Matthew M. Hince (USAFR), and Captain (P) Peter J. Hince, USAF. Both sons are married and we have three grandsons and one granddaughter. Both sons are members of Post 159 and their wives are members on Unit 159.

Joined the American Legion in 1994 as a member of Post 364 in Woodbridge, VA. Retired to Bryan, TX in 2005. Joined Post 159 in Bryan and was processed as a new member. Served as Post 159 Chaplain, Adjutant, First Vice Commander and as Commander for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Served as 6th District Commander 2012-2014 and as 2nd Division Commander 2014-2015. As well as being active on the 100th Anniversary Committee, the long Range Planning Committee, the Finance and Budget Committee, the Resolution Committee and the National Convention Delegation Committee, have remained active in Post 159 as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Post Honor Guard.