Tina Moriarty, a retired lance corporal in the United States Marine corp is the first woman to be sworn-in as commandant of the local veterans group. The 47-year old Moriarty assumes the post succeeding her husband, Pat Moriarty II, who now serves as the group’s senior vice commandant and junior past commandant.
The couple met while serving in the same Marine squadron. They live in Portersville.
The nearly 20-year old group is made up of about 100 people, mostly ex-Marines, who help family members of servicemen and women who deployed overseas.
About 15 Leathernecks gathered for Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony at the Jasper VFW Post. Tina Moriarty was sworn-in by Ann Hunsinger who is the Marine Corps League’s state commandant.
Also sworn-in Thursday night were the other officers of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks. They are Chris Fleck of Jasper (junior vice commandant), Clint Reuber of Jasper (judge advocate), Dave Englert of Jasper (paymaster), Dennis Englert of Jasper (adjutant), Marvin Wild of Odon (chaplain), and Allen Fritz of Huntingburg (sargent-at-arms).