OAKHURST — In the 75-year history of VFW Post #8743, serving the mountain communities, there has never been a female commander.
On December 11, 2021, Maryann Enciso was elected to that post.
Maryann served 10 years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, spending her career working in the S-1 shop. and she was a Sergeant (E-5) in charge of payroll & finance. Maryann was a member of the All-Marine Corps Track and Field Team, Cross Country Team, and Marathon Team. She holds various records in long distance running.
She served 20 years in the California National Guard and served nine years as a First Sergeant assigned to the 163rd Medical Squadron where she deployed numerous times. Maryann was selected as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) in August 2009. She was the Senior Human Resource Advisor tasked with overseeing diversity, force management, and force development initiatives in the Air National Guard. Maryann was a member of the 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Relay. She deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and received the Air Force Meritorious Service medal and the Air Force Achievement medal. After 30 years of service she retired from the California Air National Guard on August 15, 2012.
Currently employed as an Area Director by the Internal Revenue Service, Maryann began her career there in 1992 as a GS-4 Taxpayer Service Representative. Promoted to Field Collection in 1994, she joined management ranks in 2004. She was selected as an SB/SE Field Collection Territory Manager in 2009.
In June 2019, Maryann graduated from George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leaderships, Executive Leaders Program. Maryann is a graduate of the 2018 Senior Executive Service Program.
Maryann has earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Workforce Education & Training, from Southern Illinois University. Maryann is a graduate of the Air Force Academies Senior Leadership Program.
Maryann and her husband, Tony, have three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, making crafts, hiking/running, and home improvements projects.
In her free time she is committed to volunteering in her local community. She thinks it’s important to give back and works with the local high school scholarship programs, military appreciation day and helping veterans in need.