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:

National Vice Commander William Flanagan

William Flanagan

William Flanagan is a 50-year member of Poelker Post 321 in New Baden, Ill., and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Vietnam era.  As a Legionnaire, he has served as department commander of Illinois (2009-2010), aide to national commander (2007-2008) and on the National Foreign Relations Committee. He has also been active with the Illinois Department Safety, Law and Order Committee for more than 20 years. 


National Vice Commander Paula Stephenson

Paula Stephenson

Paula Stephenson is a member of American Legion Post 27 in Farmington, Utah, and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 32 years. She was the first female to serve as department of Utah commander (2014-2015), and has served on the National Legislative Council and Veterans Education, Other Benefits and Homelessness Committee. Stephenson is a 2011 Legion College graduate and currently serves as vice president of the American Legion Utah Boys State Corporation. 

National Vice Commander Bobby Bryant

Bobby Bryant

Bobby Bryant is a member of American Legion post 108 in Cushing, Okla., and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees. As a Legionnaire he has served as a Legion service officer and department commander of Oklahoma. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, he completed two tours in the Republic of Vietnam.  After his Navy service, he spent the next 39 years in the telecommunications industry. 

National Vice Commander Byron Callies

Byron Callies

Byron Callies is a member of American Legion Post 17 in Watertown, S.D., and is a 41-year retired member of the South Dakota National Guard. He’s held many post-level positions including adjutant, Americanism chairman, first vice commander and commander. At the Legion national level he is a consultant for Children & Youth Committee, and his department-level offices held include Americanism officer, chaplain, department vice commander and commander (2012-2013).  


Larry Marcouillier

National Vice Commander Larry Marcouillier

Larry Marcouillier is a member of American Legion Post 7 in Harrington, Del., and served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as a munitions systems technician. His office positions within the Legion include department commander of Delaware (2009-2010), post commander, member of the National Foreign Relation Council, liaison to the Convention Committee and member of the Media and Communications Commission and National Executive Committee member (2012-2014).