New Legion National Commander Is Former Department of Virginia Commander Brett Reistad

Newly elected American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad will lead the organization as it begins a celebration of its 100 years of service to veterans, the military, community, state, and nation.

And while there will be plenty of time to look back at The American Legion’s many accomplishments, Reistad said the centennial celebration should be about more than that.

“Today begins a 15-month celebration of our centennial,” said Reistad, a 37-year member of McLean Post 270 in McLean, Va. “A lot of history has been made in the past 100 years. This is a unique opportunity for us to reflect on our many accomplishments and share them with our friends, neighbors, and communities.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to be a part of that history. My theme for the year is ‘Celebrating Our Legacy,’ but, it’s more than that. It’s also about charting the course for our future and remaining strong and relevant. Strength, my friends, is paramount.”

To maintain that strength, Reistad said, means maintaining a strong membership and working together. He has experience leading that effort, having taken The American Legion Department of Virginia to an all-time high membership while serving as department commander from 2005 to 2006.

Learn more about the American Legion’s new National Commander here.