3rd District Association


District Commander's Corner

  3rd District Commander Duane Miller welcomes you to our website

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your Post for support and the trust you have placed in electing me to this position. I look forward to working with you and your staff to assist your Post in those areas in which I can support you with your Command responsibilities.  

As I assume my responsibilities for the District Office, I am pleased to announce the elected and appointed 3rd District Staff who will be assisting me throughout the 2020-2021 legion year.

          Ralph Gottschalk, is the Senior Vice Commander.  He is also the Branch County Commander and is currently the Commander of Post 196 in Union City. 

           Sonja Patrick, is the Junior Vice Commander & Web Administrator for 3rd District. She has also been the 3rd District Sgt-At-Arms.  She is currently the Adjutant for Post 79 in Marshall. Past Adjutant for Post 298 in Battle Creek, secretary for MALPA (Michigan American Legion Press Association), &  Department of Michigan Media & Communications committee member.

          James Jennings, is the Adjutant for 3rd District, past Adjutant and current finance officer for Post 55 - Albion.

          David Riley, from Post 298 is the Finance Officer. He has served in this position for the last three 3rd District Commanders and has done an outstanding job.

         Dan Osborne, from Post 48 is the Sgt-At-Arms and has held positions as Past Commander 3rd District, Past Sr. Vice Commander 3rd District, District Sgt at Arms, Past Commander of Post 48 and will be a great advocate for the District.  He is also a board member for Wilwin Lodge at Cygnet Cove & the VAVS chairman for the Battle Creek VA Medical Centers Bingo. 

          Andrew Mohlman from Post 257 is the 3rd District Historian.  He is very eager to get started and we are all excited to have him on board.

          Cliff Rose, from Post 465 is the Judge Advocate and brings his 60+ years of Legion experience and knowledge as a dedicated Legion member.  Cliff has held almost every position in the Legion, currently judge advocate for Post 465 (Climax-Scotts).

          Gerald (Jerry) Schmidt, from Post 465 has been appointed as the Service Officer, Jerry has been a Service Officer within the Legion for 25 plus years and will be a Great asset in this capacity.

          Robert (Bob) Berger, from Post 360 is our Chaplain.  Bob is the Past Department Vice Commander for 2nd Zone 2018-2019. He is also our 2015-2017 Past 3rd District Commander.  Bob has held numerous other positions as well to include Post Commander, 1st Vice, Finance Officer, Chaplain and others. 


This is a great group of Officers who are highly motivated and I look forward to working with them.


Duane Miller

3rd District Commander