NATCHITOCHES, La.––David Poston, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Louisiana Army National Guard and commander of transportation units deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, has agreed to serve on the Strength for Service advisory team.

The family of David and Sandra Poston.

The family of David and Sandra Poston.

“It’s a personal mission for me,” says Poston. “Anything I can do to help our military and first responders, I’m on it.”

A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Poston served as a commander at both the battalion and company levels.

He retired from military in 2008, following 27 years of service. During that time, he received many awards and decorations, including the Army Commendation Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters.

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in industrial technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Poston served as an educator and administrator with the Louisiana Technical and Community College System. He concluded his professional career as the administrator of the Toledo Nursing Center in Zwolle, La.

He currently serves on the board of directors of several nursing homes in Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. He is also a managing general partner and limited partner in family companies involved in timber production and health care.

David and his wife, Sandra, are members of Natchitoches First UMC and members of the 50/50 Sunday school class. David serves as treasurer of the UM Men organization.

“I’ve been active in fund raising and distributing Strength for Service books since the ministry began,” says David. “I started out helping a retired Army command sergeant major, and I was later asked to spearhead the effort. Books in the pockets of those serving is my thing.”

David and Sandra have been married for 46 years; they have two sons, Al and wife, Susan, Brad and wife, Michelle, and three grandsons, Kyle, William and Stuart.