In addition to the national commander and vice commanders, six national constitutional officers are appointed annually by vote of the National Executive Committee. They are the adjutant, treasurer, judge advocate, historian, chaplain and sergeant-at-arms. Officers elected by the national convention take office upon adjournment and serve until the end of the next convention.

Responsibilities of national officers:

Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant

Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant

The administrative head of the organization, the adjutant oversees National Headquarters and all other national offices. He is charged in the Legion by-laws with administering the policies and mandates of the national convention and the National Executive Committee.

Daniel S. Wheeler is the national adjutant of The American Legion, a post he has held since October 2008. Prior to becoming national adjutant, he served as executive director of National Headquarters in Indianapolis (1995-2008). He joined the National Headquarters staff in 1979, during which time he served as The American Legion Magazine assistant editor (1979-1980), managing editor (1980-1981), assistant publisher/editor (1981-1985), publisher/editor in chief (1985-1995) and (2001-2007).

From 1994-2009, Wheeler also served as president of the Citizens Flag Alliance, devoting significant time to managing and administering this not-for-profit, nonpartisan coalition of civic, fraternal, veteran, business and labor organizations. The Citizens Flag Alliance's goal is to pass a constitutional amendment returning to Congress the power to protect the U.S. flag from intentional acts of physical desecration.

Wheeler was a U.S. Navy sonarman and journalist during the Vietnam War. His previous professional positions include staff writer for the U.S. Navy magazine All Hands; editor of the Navy Editorial Service; and staff member of Direction magazine.

Wheeler, a native of Richmond, Va., lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Kathy. He is a past president of the Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis, and a member of American Legion Post 137 in Virginia, the Indianapolis Rotary Club, and Mensa. 

 

Shawn T. Long, CPA, National Treasurer

Shawn T. Long, Certified Public Accountant, was appointed national treasurer of The American Legion on Oct. 16, 2019, during the annual Fall Meetings at National Headquarters in Indianapolis. The national treasurer serves as the chief financial officer of The American Legion, and is responsible for the custody and management of the assets of the organization.

Long had served as American Legion finance director since October 2008, and had additionally undertaken the supervision of the Purchasing Department and the Information Technology Division.

Long is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and a member of American Legion Post 252 in Greenwood, Ind. He earned a BS in accounting from Indiana State University in 1995; an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, in 2007; and a CPA license in 2000.

 
 

Stanley K. Hamamoto, National Chaplain

Stanley K. Hamamoto was appointed national chaplain of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Stanley K. “Pastor Stan” Hamamoto has also served as the chaplain for the American Legion Department of Colorado. He served in the Coast Guard from 1952-1960 and is currently a member of American Legion Post 209 in Colorado Springs.
He is an ordained minister with the Christian National Church (Disciples of Christ) and has extensive pastoral experience. Before becoming a minister more than 20 years ago, Hamamoto had a 40-year career as an accountant.

Hamamoto engages in many community activities, such as district visits, Four Chaplains observances and chaplain’s workshops. He fills the pulpit when called.

 

Robert B. Gilmore Jr., National Historian

Robert “Bob” Gilmore Jr. was appointed national historian of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.

Gilmore was raised in Phoenix and is a resident of Peoria, Ariz. He served in the U.S. Navy from September 1978 until January 1987 where he was trained as a nuclear propulsion electrical operator and served aboard fast attack submarines.  He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). He is currently working for Capital Power Corporation as a Instrument, Controls and Electrical (ICE) Technician. He has a BSEET from DeVry Institute of Technology and enjoys helping Scouts and others in the STEM field.

Gilmore joined The American Legion at Post 62 in Peoria in February 2002. He has served as post sergeant-at-arms, historian, adjutant and vice commander. He served as sergeant-at-arms,  senior and junior vice commander and commander for District 11. He was a two-year department historian and department vice commander for Area B. He has been a department delegate for 15 years serving on various committees and was a member of the Naval Forces division. He has been a past webmaster for The National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion (NADHAL) and a member since 2005. He is also a member of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) since its founding in 2011, donating time and equipment at the national headquarters. He is a 2005 graduate of the National College of The American Legion. 

Michael W. Griffith, Sergeant-At-Arms

Michael W. Griffith was appointed sergeant-at-arms of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.

A Navy veteran from Pottsboro, Texas, Griffith served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician from 1969 to 1973. Griffith, a Legionnaire since 1970, is a member of Missing in Action Post 231 at Lake Texoma, Texas. He has served as post commander six times. Griffith is a past district commander, division commander and department vice commander.

He has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1972; they have one daughter and two granddaughters.