LANSING - Delegates to Michigan's 94th State convention elected Tom Brown of American Legion Post 274 in Oscoda as the 2012-13 State Commander for the American Legion Department of Michigan.
Commander Brown earned his eligibility for the American Legion through his service in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1985. Mr. Brown retired from the United States Air Force with over 20 years of service.
After working for Lockheed Corporation as a supervisor for two years he went to work for the United States Postal Service. He retired from the Postal Service after over 22 years.
He has been married to Rysta, who is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 31 years. He has three sons, Abraham, Justin, and Benjamin, who are all members of the Sons of the American Legion. Tom is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, the 40 & 8 and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He is also a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Commander Brown is a 29 year Honorary life member of Loud-Merkel-LaPlante Post 274 in Oscoda. He has held every office in the Post, including Commander for four terms. He has held office of the District, State and National levels of the American Legion.
The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on "The Four Pillars;" veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers' advocate for veterans.