Brother Tim Ahlgrim, the current Camp Commander has been with the Col. James D. Brady Camp since 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, he has called Virginia home since his retirement from the Navy as a Chief Photographer's Mate going on to receive his Paralegal Certification from Old Dominion University focusing on asbestos litigation and personal injury.
Tim's family lineage can be traced back to the arrival of his 9th great grandparents in the New England Colonies in 1637. Besides the SUVCW, he is presently an active member of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution, the National Society of Sons of the American Colonists, General Society of the War of 1812, and the National Organization of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.
His Civil War ancestors includes two 2nd great grandfathers and 7 of their brothers whose enlistments spread across 6 northern states and territories.
Purpose of the Camp Commander
The purpose of the office of Commander is to direct and to provide oversight of Camp operations in order to foster and promote the goals and objects of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The Commander shall preside at all meetings of the Camp. He shall decide all questions of order without debate, subject, however, to an appeal to the Camp. It shall be his duty to detail all officers and appoint all committees (of which he shall be a member ex-officio) not otherwise provided for, approve all orders or requisitions made on the Treasurer or Camp Council for appropriations of money, or any property of the Camp, and perform all other duties pertaining to his office. The activities of the Camp
Commander should include:
(a) Presiding at all meetings of the Camp.
(b) Appointing the appointed officers and all committees.
(c) Become familiar with all SUVCW forms that are utilized for conducting the business of the Camp, especially those that require the Commander's signature, and ensure that all reports are submitted to the Department by the specified time
(d) Ensuring that the Camp officers and committees do their jobs.
(e) Representing the Camp at community functions.
(f) Becoming familiar with the Camp's and Department's Bylaws and the Order's Constitution and Regulations.
(g) Keeping the membership informed by issuing "Camp Orders", attested to by the Camp Secretary.
(h) Consulting with Past Camp Commanders for advice on Camp matters.
(i) Becoming familiar with the duties of the office as set forth in the Order's Ritual and Ceremonials.
(j) Serving as liaison between the Camp and Department.