VFW National Commander-in-Chief

Hal J. Roesch II

Hal J. Roesch II was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 24, 2019, at the 120th VFW National Convention in Orlando, FL.

Hal served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 2002. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Southern Watch, and the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal (for Hurricane Hugo relief in South Carolina), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Department of Iowa Elected Officers

State Commander: Paul Arnold

State Senior Vice Commander: Michael Braman

State Junior Vice Commander: Ron Leber

State Quartermaster: Jerry Black

State Chaplain: Gary Ruffcorn

Past State Commander: Russell "Doc" Saffell (PSC)

Iowa National Council Member: Carol Whitmore (PSC)

Appointed State Officers

Adjutant: Same as State Quartermaster

State Judge Advocate: Michael Young

State Surgeon: Denny Abel

Assistant Chaplain: Scott McDonald

Chief of Staff: Don Fisher

Inspector: Scott McDonald

Sergeant-At-Arms: Jack Lingelbach

Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Gregory Allen

Historian: Don Fisher

Service Officer (Des Moines): Ben Dales

Service Officer (Iowa City): Richard Davis

Program/Committee Chairs

Buddy Poppy Chairman: Jack Lingelbach
Citizenship Education Chairman: Jerry Huffman
Community Activities Chairman: Jerry Huffman
I.T. Director: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Webmaster: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Department Outreach Chairman: Denny Abel
Emergency Disaster Chairman: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Fundraising Chairman: Ron Leber

          Fundraising Vice-Chairs: District Commanders

Homeless Veterans: Jacob Gruber (PSC)
Hospital Chairman: Denny Abel
Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs: Carol Whitmore (PSC)
Loyalty Day Chairman: Jerry Huffman
Membership Chairman: Mark Johnson
Membership Recruiter: Leon Edwards
National Home Chairman: Paul Arnold

National Legislative Chairman: Brad Whitmore
          National Home Vice-Chairman: Darrell Blasberg (PSC/PNCM)
Marketing & Communications Director: Herman Robinson

Patriot’s Pen Chairman: Tim Hahn
POW/MIA: Todd Jacobus

          Assistant POW/MIA: Don Kuhlman
Public Relations Chairman: Jerry Black
Safety Chairman: Mike Braman
Scouting Chairman: Vance Arnold
Student Veterans of America Liaison: Paul Arnold

State Fair Booth Co-Chairmen: Jack Linglebach & Mike Braman
State Legislative Chairman / State Lobbyist: Michael Young

State Photographers: Don Fisher, Dennis Appelhons
Teacher Award Chairman: Don Fisher
Veterans Service Chairman: Richard Davis
Veterans & Military Support Co-Chairmen: Todd Jacobus & Pat Stark
VFW National Legislative Representative / Federal Lobbyist: Brad Whitmore

VFW Riders Chairman / President: Larry Steele
Voice of Democracy Chairman: Tim Hahn
Youth Activities Chairman: Mike Braman

* PSC = Past State Commander

** PNCM = Past National Council Member