VFW National Commander-in-Chief

William J. “Doc” Schmitz

William J. “Doc” Schmitz was elected National 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, Fla.

Doc served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970. He served in Vietnam as a corpsman attached to United States Marine Corps infantry and artillery. In recognition of his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Department of Iowa Elected Officers

State Commander: Russell "Doc" Saffell

State Senior Vice Commander: Paul Arnold

State Junior Vice Commander: Mike Braman

State Quartermaster: Jerry Black

State Chaplain: Gary Ruffcorn

Past State Commander: Carol Whitmore (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: Jake Beaver

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. Director: Russell Saffell
Webmaster: Russell Saffell
Department Outreach Chairman: Denny Abel
Emergency Disaster Chairman: Russell Saffell
Fundraising Chairman: Mike Braman

          Fundraising 1st Vice-Chairman: Jake Beaver

          Fundraising 2nd Vice-Chairman: Aaron Martinez

Homeless Veterans: Jacob Gruber (PSC)
Hospital Chairman: Denny Abel
Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs: Carol Whitmore (PSC)
Loyalty Day Chairman: Steve Streeter
Membership Chairman: Dale Boicourt
Membership Recruiter: Dale Boicourt
National Home Chairman: Paul Arnold

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

Patriot’s Pen Chairman: Brad Whitmore
POW/MIA: Todd Jacobus
Public Relations Chairman: Jerry Black
Safety Chairman: Mike Braman
Scouting Chairman: Russell Saffell
          Scouting Vice-Chairman: Vance Arnold
Student Veterans of America Liaison: Paul Arnold
Sergeant-At-Arms: Jack Lingelbach
Assist Sergeant-at-Arms: Jake Beaver
State Fair Booth Co-Chairmen: Jack Linglebach & Mike Braman
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 Lobbyist: Brad Whitmore
Voice of Democracy Chairman: Brad Whitmore
Youth Activities Chairman: Mike Braman

* PSC = Past State Commander

** PNCM = Past National Council Member