Veteran services

Bo Almond Settles in as New Veterans Services Officer – The Stanly News & Press

Bo Almond’s military career took him all over the world during his 12 years with the United States Army.

As a senior military police officer in the mid-1980s, Almond was stationed in Japan and Korea and later, from 2002 to 2004, spent time in Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. . In the meantime, Almond spent several years as an Army drill sergeant at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, where, among other things, he trained active duty officers traveling to Saudi Arabia as part of of the Gulf War. He was a non-commissioned officer with the 805th Military Police Company in Raleigh.

During his stay in Iraq, Almond was injured during a customs check. He was evacuated to Germany for reassessment before medically retiring from the military.

Bo Almond during his military police graduation. Photo courtesy of Bo Almond.

Due to his extensive military experience, Almond, 56, was chosen as the county’s newest veterans services officer following the retirement of Rod Barbee, who had held the position for about a decade. His first day on the job was May 10.

Almond previously spent about five years as the chief flight operations technician at Stanly County Airport. Prior to that, he was plant manager for Gardenscape Nursery in Anson County for about five years and project manager at Stanly Fixtures Company for 11 years, according to his LinkedIn.

The Stanly County Office of Veterans Services, according to its website, helps the county’s more than 10,000 veterans, their dependents and survivors apply for a number of benefits and programs, including a disability allowance and various educational programs. It also helps veterans get essential medical help.

“I felt blessed,” Almond said of the new position. “It’s a job I wanted and had been thinking about and hoping to get since I retired from the military.”

Almond was chosen from a group of approximately 10 applicants who applied for the position. He was one of three candidates interviewed for the position. Almond was also interviewed for the job several years ago when former officer Tim Pressley retired.

County manager Andy Lucas said Almond’s overseas experience played a key role in his endorsement.

“He’s done a number of overseas tours in Iraq and so he has this first-hand experience, especially with a younger generation of veterans,” Lucas said, noting that due to his time on the front lines, “He understands what it’s like to be away from home…and make that commitment and that sacrifice.

“At the end of the day, Bo, in my mind, was the best choice for the job,” Lucas added.

Almond lives in Norwood with his wife Amy. They have four sons: Chase, Davis, Eli and Asa.