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:
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.