American Legion Department of Michigan elects new commander

LANSING -Delegates of American Legion Posts throughout Michigan convened to select a new commander for the 2014-15 year. Jim Wallace, a member of American Legion Post 419 in Pinckney, was elected as the new state commander for the American Legion Department of Michigan.

Wallace begins his new position as state commander with a list of exceptional credentials. He earned his eligibility during his service in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, and he retired from the Ann Arbor Fire Department as an assistant chief. Wallace has been a legionnaire for more than 40 years and actively continues to volunteer and to serve in his local community.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 80,000 members in the state of Michigan. Founded in 1919, the American Legion was based upon “The Four Pillars:” veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security. Above all, the American Legion seeks to continue its mission as an advocate for veterans.

For more information, contact the Michigan Legion at (517) 371-4720, ext. 16 or at You can also learn more about the Michigan Legion by visiting their website at