Department Commander's Bio

State Commander
2022 – 2023
The American Legion
Department of Texas

New York City is a long way from Bryan, Texas but that is where Gerry Hince was born… She just got to Texas as soon as she could! Upon graduation with a degree in Journalism, Gerry entered the Woman’s Army Corps and spent 31 years wearing the uniform of our nation. Eleven years were in the USAR and teaching high school English and Speech as she followed John’s career in coaching and education. Then the family spent the last years in Maryland, DC, Atlanta, Virginia, Little Rock and back to DC and Ft Belvoir. Career fields included Public Affairs, Training, Civil Affairs, Recruitment, Retention and Personnel. She spent the last four years as an Inspector General with her last assignment as Commandant of the Inspector School at Fort Belvoir and Director of IG Training at the Pentagon.

December 2022 marks 50 years of marriage to John Hince and those years following a wedding at Fort Bragg have been full of faith, family, fun and friendship. The parents of 3 sons, one of whom is awaiting them in heaven, they are now grandparents of 5 boys and 2 girls. Both sons wear the uniform of the Air Force and the younger followed dads’ footsteps as a pilot. Both sons are Aggies so the move to Texas makes spoiling the grandchildren easier!

Active in the BCS community, Gerry is a volunteer at and President of the CHI-St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteers, Bush Library Volunteer, Board Member of Chapter 936 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chair of the Bryan Senior Committee, Chair of the Coalition of Brazos Valley Veterans Organization and member of the Bryan Noon Lions Club. Gerry was also the Jefferson Award Winner for Community Service in 2016 and the Daughters of the Revolution Veteran Service Winner for 2021. The Hinces are also active members of the Catholic Church in Bryan and College Station.

The American Legion has seen Hince participation since 1993 when both were members of the Woodbridge Virginia Post.  Gerry was named Post Commander of the Year for the State 2001-2002 and arrived in Texas and became active on all levels of the Lonestar State. Her roles included Post and State Historian, Post and State Chaplain, Post and State Public Relations / Media Chair, Boys State Committee, Oratorical Committee, Legislative Committee, Twenty and Four, GNUTS and the Texas Chaplains Association.  She was also named Post Legionnaire of the Year in 2018 and State Legionnaire in 2019. 

A legacy of service from a veteran father and community volunteer mother, Gerry is proud to be the American Legion of Texas Commander 2022-2023. She learned early in life that God and Country come first and as one, the Legion will make things happen.