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Welcome to The American Legion and Great Bridge Post 280

The programs, committees, and events that we are involved in are as diverse as: Children and Youth, Community Affairs, Law and Order, Americanism, Legion Youth Baseball, assistance with VA benifits, Youth Shooting sports and being involved in the solution for hospitalized Veterans.


Post Services Officers

Post 280 Service Officer, Phil Poffenbarger and Robert Martin, have received their accreditation which allows them to negotiate directly with Veteran's Affairs on your behalf.  Phillip can be reached at (757) 639-9013 or the post number 757-547-2120 or via e-mail to "" Robert Martin can be reached via the post number 757-547-2120.


American Legion Riders

Post 280 now has a Legion Riders group. The group is open to all Veteran Riders. Call the post 757-547-2120 for their meeting times and to join.


The following are some of the Post 280 programs:

Post 280 sponsors a Youth Baseball team. Post 280 won the 2022 American Legion Youth Baseball State championship, the 2nd District championship and the Easteren Regional championship and finished 5th in the American Legion World Series.

Post 280 sponsors a Youth Junior Shooting Sports Team. They are called The Ravens and have won a multitude of awards. Contact Adjutant Kellog Sharp via the post 757-547-2120 for more info or if you have a youngster that is interrested in the Youth Shooting Program.

For 2022, Post 280 sponsored 14 Boys State candidates.

For 2022, Post 280 sponsored 1 Senior Youth and 1 Junior Youth Baseball Team.

Post 280 supports the Junior ROTC programs for two Chesapeake schools.

Post 280 sponsors a Law and Order evening to honor the Chesapeake Police Departments - Patrolman of the Year, Chesapeake Sheriff Departments - Deputy of the Year, Fire Department/EMT - Officer of the Year, and Virginia State Police - Division 5, Trooper of the Year.

Post 280 host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the veterans of the local VA Hospital and the Virginia Beach Veterans Home - usually 50 very hungry veterans from the Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War eras. If you want to see the look of pure bliss, come see these veterans dig into a home cooked Thanksgiving Dinner. We can always use some help serving, cleaning up and providing hospitality.

Post 280 has two very active Services Officers who can help with almost any Veterans Affairs problem. Their contact info is above.

We, the members of The American Legion Great Bridge Post 280, Inc. will attempt to advise/support any Veteran in need of help.


Hall Rental

Post 280 rents its hall (capacity 85) with kitchen if needed, at reasonable rates, call 757-609-3439.


How is the American Legion Organized?

Post - smallest organization

Disrict - regional level, consisting of several posts

Department - state level, consisting of several Districts which have several posts

National - (Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana) consisting of 55 Departments made up of all 50 states

+ District of Columbia, France, Mexico, Philippines, and Pureto Rico