Ronald Portis

Candidate for Department Surgeon

2017-18

    I’m a 10 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving on active duty from 1984-1994 as a Combat Engineer for the 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC. I qualify for the VFW through my service first during Operation Sharp Edge in Monrovia, Liberia in the summer of 1990 where we were tasked as extra embassy guards during a brutal three way civil war. After a brief leave period I was shipped off to South West Asia were I participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm from Dec 1990-July 1991 with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division. I was honorably discharged in 1994 due to a medical condition.

    I am a life member of the Ballwin Memorial Post 6274 in Ballwin, Mo where I am the sitting Senior Vice Commander. I also belong to the post 6274 and District 12 Funeral/Honor guard teams where we respectfully lay our comrades to rest honorably. I am also the sitting Senior Vice Commander for District 12. I have the honor of being a National Aide-De-Camp for the year 2016-17. I am a Cootie in good standing and a charter member of Pup Tent 12 where I hold the office of Hide Gimlet (JrVice Cmdr).

    I qualify for the position of Department Surgeon by being a member in good standing and the leadership skills I obtained as a NCO in the Marine Corps. I believe to be an effective leader you must first learn to follow. As Jr/Sr vice for my post and district 12, I’ve learned from past All-American and All-State post and district commanders that have guided me along the way.

    My vision as Surgeon for the Department is simple, maintaing the highest regards for every veteran I come across, this is NOT a one service vision but all branches of the military. The moto “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND” is more than a punch line to be used amongst us but a way of life every veteran must take to secure the future of ALL veterans. An attentful ear and words of encouragement will do more than you think.

    Born in Chicago Il, my mother and three brothers moved to St Louis Mo in 1975 where I grew up in north city. I attended Lutheran High School North for two years in 1980 and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1984. I am a father of four, 3 daughters and a son, and married to my beautiful wife Cassiétta of 28 years where we reside in Manchester MO.

    My name is Ronald D. Portis, Jr and I would be honored and humbled if you gave me your support for the office of Surgeon for the state of Missouri.