Officers

John "Radar" Meyer

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Commander

 Adjutant

George Peck

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Sr Vice Commander

Dennis Gardner

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Jr Vice Commander

Service Officer

Steve Preston

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Finance Officer

Jim Green

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Sgt at Arms

Jack Holderman

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Chaplain

Officers BIOS

John "Radar" Meyer

Commander / Adjuant

John "Radar" Meyer is a native of Texas who graduated from high school in Mesa, AZ, enlisting in the U.S. Army through the delayed entry program just three days after graduating from high school. He attended Basic Training at Fort Polk, LA.  Attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as 76V10-Materiel Storage And Handling Specialist at Fort Lee, VA.  Assigned 1989-1991, 167th Quartermaster Battalion in Phoenix Arizona.  1991-1992 assigned HHB 1/180th Field Artillery in Mesa, Az as 13E10 Fire Direction Controller.  1993 attended aviation school (93C10 Air Traffic Control)  at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.  1993-2010 assigned to 416th Air Traffic Control Platoon later redesignated F Company, 285th Aviation Bn.  Deployed to Bosnia in 1999 as Tower Chief.  Deployed to Iraq in 2003, as Non-Commission Officer in Charge Al Asad Tower Operations . He retired as an E-7 in 2010 after nearly 22 years of service to his nation.

He has been a member of Post 97 since 2011, held numberous positions to included Sr Vice Commander, Jr Vice Commander.  Chairperson for various Americanism programs to included Boys Scouts, JROTC, and Joe Foss Veterans in the Classroom.

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Sr Vice Commander

George W. Peck, III was born in Hammond Indiana and grew up in Munster, IN.  He graduated from Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, IN and enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982.  He served with LFTCLant stationed at Little Creek, Virginia and served with the 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade aboard the USS Mt. Whitney, Norfolk Va.  While serving with the 4th MAB he was deployed to Norway and participated in the 1985 and 86 cold weather NATO operations.  He was awarded his good conduct medal from General C.E. Mundy, Jr. (Commandant of the Marine Corps) and was an expert marksman in rifle and pistol.  After military service and being honorable discharged he attend Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health.  George has spent nearly 30 years working in the Pharmaceutical industry and moved to Arizona in 2005 where he met his wife and they have one daughter.  George and his family presently live in Queen Creek, Arizona and has recently joined Post 97 after years of being a member of the National American Legion.  

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Jr Vice Commander

 Dennis Gardner was born at Fort Leonard wood, Missouri, Dennis grew up in Southern California. His first job was at Knott’s Berry Farm, as a train bandit. He entered naval service in August 1977,  volunteered for the Submarine Service during Boot Camp in San Diego. He arrived at the home of the U.S. Submarine fleet, Groton, Connecticut for Underwater Fire Control class “A” school , he chose to train on an aging combat system only on submarines in Hawaii and left for the islands that June. After completing his training, he was assigned to the USS Patrick Henry (Gold) crew. He made five 90 day patrols before again heading back to Groton this time as an instructor. He taught Submarine tactics and weapons employment at the officer submarine school for 18 months before being sent back to the Pacific and two more Submarines, he was then assigned to Submarine Squadron 7 staff as Senior Combat Systems Assistant to the Commodore. Dennis spent three years reasonable for the conventional and nuclear weapons inspection and training of ten submarines. When it came time to once more return to sea he again moved to San Diego and the USS Louisville, which he took to Desert Storm and another Western Pacific deployment. He spent the last four years of his 20-year career in San Diego, assigned to San Diego at the Fleet Technical Support Center, Pacific supervising 33 technicians and responsible for the combat readiness of all submarines in the Pacific fleet. Recently Dennis works at Intel in Chandler in the Defect Metrology department, where he inspected product for defects smaller than the head of a pin. Dennis has been representing the Joe Foss Institute for over three years, where he visits schools to educate the students on civic responsibility and patriotism. 

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Chaplain

 Jack Holderman   

was born in Indiana on October 11, 1947, retired in 2012 and moved to Arizona
Married to wife, Judy, for 40 years and has 5 children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jack served in the Army from 1966-1969 as a wheeled and track vehicle mechanic achieving the rank as Specialist 5 (E5). 

Jack military duty station are as follows:

Basic Training at Ft. Polk, LA 

Wheel Mechanic Training – Ft. Polk, LA.
Tank Mechanic – Fort Sill, OK
Warner Kaserne – Munich, Germany (Oct. 1966-Jan. 1969)
Publication NCO – Ft. Riley, KS

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Sgt at Arms

Jim Green, was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Jim served in the US Navy from 1962-1966 on the USS Forrestal as a boiler-man 3rd class. A life time member of the VFW, Jim joined American Legion Post 97 when he and his wife retired and relocated to San Tan Valley in 2007to be closer to their two children and their families  

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Judge Advocate & Past Commander

 Robert Krumwiede was born and raised in Illinois, graduating Fenton High School in 1968. He joined the Navy in April of 1969, going to boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Base. Bob completed the usual training courses for Naval Aviators and reported to Naval Squadron VP-11, home ported in Brunswick, Maine. In 1972 his unit were deployed to Naval Air Station Cubi Point in the Philippines for duty in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1973, got married in 1974, had his first daughter and reenlisted in the Navy in 1976 spending that tour in Hawaii with VP-6. After getting out of the Navy the second time Bob went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a Letter Carrier, on the job instructor and a vehicle mechanic for them and retired in 2005 with 32 years of government service. Bob joined the American Legion in Virginia and has been busy ever since. He is a Past Commander for Post 97 and is currently the Department Baseball Chairman and the District 4 (Pinal County, AZ) Commander. 

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Finance Officer

 Steve joined the Navy in 1990 as an 18 year old and was enlisted as a Radioman. His first duty station was at COMPATWING ONE Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan where he served for 2 years. He was then sent to the USS Pyro(AE-24) home ported in Concord, California. He was fortunate enough to be part of the decommissioning crew of the USS Pyro. After decommissioning the USS Pyro, Steve went back to Okinawa, Japan for another 4 years at NAVCOMDET (Naval Communications Detachment) Okinawa, Japan. During this time, the Radioman rating was converted into IT(Information Systems Technician). When his tour was done in Okinawa, he arrived onboard the USS Peleliu(LHA-5) for a 4 your tour. During this time he made several deployments including being on the first ship carrying Marines that arrived in the Persian Gulf after 9/11. He also obtained his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist(ESWS) and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist designations(EAWS). When his tour was completed, he was assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE(ACB-1) in Coronado, California. During this tour he was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Steve finished his illustrious 20 year Naval career on the USNS Mercy(T-AH19) Hospital ship home ported in San Diego, CA. He made 2 humanitarian deployment missions to the Southeast Asia in support of Pacific Partnership missions. He retired in March 2010 as an E-6, IT1(SW/AW),  with full benefits.