Operation Stand Down Tennessee has chosen Col. John Krenson to be its new executive director, effective May 1.
Krenson, who takes the place of longtime leader Bill Burleigh, completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a project officer at the Joint Forces Headquarters for the Tennessee Army National Guard in Nashville. He is a 2012 graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, where he earned a master's degree in strategic studies, and also is a permanent deacon at Christ the King Parish.
"I am honored for the opportunity to lead Operation Stand Down Tennessee, which contributes such a vital service to the community and beyond," Krenson said. "I intend to apply my leadership experience from the military, the public sector and the private sector to shape this organization for the future and help it continue to thrive. I believe every veteran deserves a successful civilian life, and I am excited to help the fine men and women who have served their country reach that goal."
Bill Burleigh plans to step down as executive director of Operation Stand Down Tennessee after being involved with the military veterans service organization for almost two decades and being its leader for 15 years. Operation Stand Down, which is based on 12th Avenue South in Edgehill, is working with the Center for Nonprofit Management to find its new leader and Burleigh says he'll stay on until that person is settled.
The dynamic growth of Operation Stand Down over the years is a direct result of our caring community. Working with each of you and with the many organizations that make-up Operation Stand Down has been the height of my professional career. We have a truly dedicated staff and great Board members who I know will continue to work together focused on the mission of helping Veterans and their families.
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