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National Vice Commanders

Elected at the national convention, five vice commanders act as representatives of the national commander. They may preside over meetings of the National Executive Committee or the national convention, and perform other duties for the commander. No two vice commanders can be chosen from the same department during the same year.

To contact an American Legion national vice commander, contact Jennifer Norton at National Headquarters by calling (317) 630-1234 or via e-mail.

Current national vice commanders:

Paul E. Dillard, Southeast Region

A U.S. Navy veteran from Whitesboro, Texas, and former Department of Texas commander, Paul E. Dillard is a member of American Legion Post 29 in Sherman. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion's post, state and national levels. Dillard served in the Navy from 1965 to 1969.

 
 

Robert Eugene Newman, Central Region

A U.S. Navy veteran from Garrett, Ind., and former Department of Indiana commander, Robert Eugene Newman is a member of American Legion Post 178 in Garrett. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion’s post, state and national levels. Newman served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969.

 
 

William A. Rakestraw, Northeast Region

A U.S. Army veteran from Wall, N.J., and former Department of New Jersey commander, William A. Rakestraw is a member of American Legion Post 346 in Neptune. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion’s post, state and national levels. Rakestraw served with the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea, 1953 to 1958.

 
 

Wayne Dennis Satrom, Midwest Region

A National Guard veteran from West Fargo, N.D., and former Department of North Dakota commander, Wayne Dennis Satrom is a member of American Legion Post 210 in Galesburg. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion’s post, state and national levels. Satrom served in the National Guard from 1964 to 1970.

 
 

Douglas Wayne Wooddell, Western Region

A U.S. Air Force veteran from Aurora, Colo., and former Department of Colorado commander, Douglas Wayne Wooddell is a member of Post 23 in Aurora. He has held numerous leadership positions at the Legion’s post, state and national levels. Wooddell served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1969.