Department Commander

Arnold Whatley

740-362-7478 |  commander@ohiolegion.com

Arnold Whatley was elected to serve as the 2024-2025 Department of Ohio Commander on Sunday July 14th 2024. His eligibility stems from holding office in 2023-2024 as the Department of Ohio 1st Vice Commander and was elected to serve this high office on Sunday July 2nd 2023 and also appointed to serve 2022-2023 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander by order of Executive Session decision on August 6th 2022.

Arnold also earns his eligibility by serving 22 years in the United States Air Force as a retiring Master Sergeant with four tours of duty (Clovis, Mexico, Lajas Field, Azores, Montgomery, Ala, Special duty to South Korea and special duty to Dayton, Ohio).

Arnold joined the American Legion in 1990 and soon thereafter became a paid up for life member with 34 continuous years of service at General Daniel “Chappie” James Post 776 located in Dayton, Ohio. Offices held at the Post level include; Post Commander (quota commander), 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, and 9 years as Trustee. At the District level; District Commander (quota commander), 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Finance Officer, and served on the Past District Commander Committee. At the Department level; 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Sergeant at Arms, and Assistant Sergeant at Arms. Arnold “AJ” Whatley also served on the National Cemetery Committee, Standing Commissions, and the Internal Affairs Commission.

Arnold obtained an Associates Degree in Structural Tech, Certification of Law Enforcement at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, and a Certificate in Human Communications at Chapman College, Dayton, Ohio.

He has one daughter who resides in Miami, Florida.

 

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Stan Oren | 1st Vice Commander

1stvice@ohiolegion.com

The First Vice Commander serves under the Commander of the Department of Ohio. His responsibilities include being Membership Committee Chairman, ensuring that the Legion message is heard by all veterans, and providing the overall mission for the membership year.

Stan Oren was was elected to serve 2024-2025 as the Department of Ohio 1st Vice Commander on Sunday July 14th 2024 at the 105th Department of Ohio Convention. He was also elected to serve 2023-2024 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday July 2nd 2023.

Stan earned his eligibility by serving in the United States Navy in 1969-1971.

Stan is a 41-year member of Harter-Williams Post 536 Gilboa, currently serving as Finance Officer, Membership Chairman, and Post Adjutant. He is Past First District Commander 2017-2018 and Past Department Assistance Sergeant-at-Arms 2018-2019. He is a member of the Buckeye Boys State Staff 2021-2023. Stan has served on the Department Americanism, Oratorical, and POW-MIA commissions and is a National Appointee for Americanism Commission.

He serves the veteran community as President of Putnam County Veterans Service Commission and membership in veterans organizations, SAL, Forty & Eight, VFW, DAV, AMVETS and VVA.

Stan is married to his long time partner, Ruth.

Gary Cox Jr. | 2nd Vice Commander

2ndvice@ohiolegion.com

The Second Vice Commander serves under the 1st Vice Commander and the Commander of the Department of Ohio. Their responsibilities include being Post Activities Chairman.

Gary Cox Jr. was was elected to serve 2024-2025 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday July 14th 2024.