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2022 Local Heroes Parade Marshall – AJ Banford, A Seasoned Veteran

July 1, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

The Local Heroes parade organizers are proud to announce that AJ Banford has been selected as the 2022 Parade Marshal.  He is a longtime resident of Incline Village and a member of the Incline Village Veterans Club.

AJ Banford is a 1962 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He took his commission in the US Navy and served a combat tour in South Vietnam, flying Huey gunships for the Navy Seawolves HAL 3. He received the following medals while serving; Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medals, and Combat Air Crew Wings.

After serving in the Navy, AJ moved to Incline Village and worked with Boise Cascade. In 1975 AJ accepted a position as an adviser to the Saudi Arabia National Guard. In 1976 AJ became partner and general manager of the North Shore Club Casino. Three years later he formed The Radford Company, a full service, independent mortgage company, based in Incline Village; which he has owned and operated for forty-three years.

As a three-time-wounded warrior, he volunteers his service as a counselor for the Veterans Administration’s PTSD rehab program in Reno. He is a member of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans club. He lives in Incline Village with his wife Karen Dennison.

The Local Heroes parade is on July 2 at 10 am. It starts at 893 Southwood and continues along Southwood to Incline Bowl where it turns left on Incline to the Village Green. The parade is organized by IVCBA and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline. Many people are involved in planning it, but Jeff Sheldon, who, along with his wife Pam, was involved with running the Rose Parade in Southern California, is the acknowledged leader of the parade staging and execution.

Note: Every year the Local Heroes Parade committee chooses a local veteran to be honored as the Parade Marshal. Jeff Poindexter was last year’s marshal.

Get all the info re: Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration Weekend: https://www.4thofjulytahoe.com

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