St. Johns County Commissioner Ron Sanchez has been appointed to serve on the Selective Service System Local Board in the State of Florida. Nominated by Florida Governor Rick Scott and appointed in the name of President Barack Obama, Commissioner Sanchez will serve in a board position assigned to Region II. According to the appointment, Sanchez was nominated to the patriotic position due to a love for his country and a desire to serve the community.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve our country and my community in a new and different capacity,” said Sanchez. “It’s an honor to be nominated by the Governor and appointed by the authority of the President of the United States.”
Sanchez served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1960 to 1968. He was honorably discharged as a Yeoman Second Class. After attending boot camp at Camp May in New Jersey, he served six months of active duty and attended military training at schools in New London, Connecticut and Bainbridge, Maryland. He continued to serve monthly drills and two weeks of active duty annually under the U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District, in Miami, Florida. Notable service achievements include receiving mobilization orders during the Cuban missile crisis, serving as standby reserve during the Vietnam War, and a variety of post-service ceremonies and veteran support activities.
He also served on the Sweetgum, a 180-foot B-Class tender that was in service from November 1943 through February 2002. As a Selective Service Local Board member, Sanchez’s mission will be to, upon a draft, decide who among the registrants in his community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service. Sanchez was officially appointed to the board on February 4, 2013 and will hold the office indefinitely at the pleasure of the President of the United States.