VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS  

DEPARTMENT of IOWA

VFW National Commander-in-Chief

Keith E. Harman

Keith E. Harman was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 26, 2017, at the 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans, La. Keith served in the U. S. Army from 1967 to 1969. He served in Vietnam as a crew chief and door gunner on UH-1 Huey helicopters. His decorations include the Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citations, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Aircraft Crewmember Badge.


Keith joined the VFW in 1983 at Post 3035 in Delphos, Ohio, where he is a Gold Legacy Life member. He has served in elected and appointed positions at Post, District and Department levels, culminating with his election as Commander of the VFW Department of Ohio in 2004, where he achieved All-American status. On the national level, he has served on several committees, including the National Council of Administration from 2006 to 2008, and as Chairman of the National Veterans Service Committee.

Department of Iowa Elected Officers

State Commander: Carol Whitmore

State Senior Vice Commander: Russell Saffell

State Junior Vice Commander: Paul Arnold

State Quartermaster: Jerry Black

State Judge Advocate: Dan White (PDC)

State Surgeon: Roy Shortt

State Chaplain: Ron Leber

Past State Commander: Jacob Gruber (PDC)

Iowa National Council Member: Darrell Blasberg (PDC)

Appointed State Officers

Adjutant: Same as State Quartermaster

Assistant Chaplain: Scott McDonald

Chief of Staff: Don Fisher

Inspector: Travis Holden (PDC)

Historian: Don Fisher

Service Officer (Des Moines): Shane Pankonen

Service Officer (Iowa City): Richard Davis

Program/Committee Chairs

Buddy Poppy Chairman: Jack Lingelbach

Citizenship Education Chairman: Rick Martin

Community Activities Chairman: Rick Martin

I.T. (Computer) Committee: Russell Saffell

Webmaster: Russell Saffell

Department Outreach Chairman: Dennis Abel

Emergency Disaster Chairman: Russell Saffell

Homeless Veterans: Jacob Gruber

Hospital Chairman: Roy Shortt

Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs: Richard “George” Goebel

Legislative Chairman: Brad Whitmore

Life Membership Chairman: Dennis Abel

Loyalty Day Chairman: Steve Streeter

Membership Chairman: Travis Holden

Membership Recruiter: Richard “George” Goebel

National Home Chairman: Travis Holden

Assistant National Home Chairman: Darrell Blasberg

Patriot’s Pen Chairman: Brad Whitmore

POW/MIA: Todd Jacobus

Public Relations Chairman: Jerry Black

Safety Chairman: Scott McDonald

Scouting Chairman: Stuart Juarez

Student Veterans of America Liaison: Paul Arnold

Sergeant-At-Arms: Jack Lingelbach

Assist Sergeant-at-Arms: Dennis Abel

State Fair Booth: Travis Holden

Assistant State Fair Booth: Robert Forbes

State Photographer: Don Fisher

Teacher Award Chairman: Don Fisher

Veterans Service Chairman: Richard Davis

Veterans & Military Support Chairman: Patrick Stark

VFW Lobbyist: Brad Whitmore

Voice of Democracy Chairman: Brad Whitmore

Youth Activities Chairman: David Lee