December 28, 2018 SDLegion

The day selected to host the annual Legislative Reception is Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The day will begin with a luncheon for the Boys State Governor Seamus Duffy of Sioux Falls and Girls State Governor Calico Ducheneaux of Mobridge along with their parents and Department leader-ship. Following the luncheon, the governors will be taken to the Capitol to visit and take pictures with Governor Noem in her office, if she is available. At 2 p.m. they will be at the Senate Chamber and the House of Representatives for introductions. A Commemoration will go through the Senate and House honoring them…

December 21, 2018 SDLegion

Midwinter is right around the corner, February 8-10, 2019, and we’re looking forward to seeing all our Legion family again. If you haven’t already made your hotel reservations, the conference will take place at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center–please call (605) 642-4683 to reach the front desk. A full agenda can be viewed on the link below:

October 24, 2018 SDLegion

National Commander Brett Reistad will be visiting the Department of South Dakota from November  5th thru the 9th.  Below are links of his schedule with a contact list to RSVP for events that involve meals at the Host Post.

Please pass this information to all veterans and Legionnaires in South Dakota and invite them in to hear the National Commander speak.

This is a unique privilege for our Department to have the National Commander for such a long period of time.   All Posts and Legionnaires are encouraged to attend locations listed on the schedule to meet with him.

National Commander Reistad Dept. Visit for November 5-9, 2018

Brett P. Reistad | National Commander
Brett P. Reistad | National Commander

Brett P. Reistad (pronounced rye STAD) was elected national commander of the nearly 2 million-member American Legion on August 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, during the organization’s 100th national convention. He has been a member of the nation’s largest veterans organization since 1981.

A resident of Manassas, Virginia, Reistad is a life member and past  commander of Post 270 in McLean. The Department of Virginia reached an all-time high in membership, while he served as department (state) commander from 2005 to 2006. He retired as a lieutenant with the Fairfax County Police Department after twenty-six years of service and began a second career as a law enforcement services coordinator for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center of the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program, a congressionally funded law enforcement investigative assistance program of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia’s Bluefield College.

Reistad’s Legion membership eligibility is through his honorable Vietnam War-era service (1974-78) as an active-duty U.S. Army infantryman, where he served with the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rdU.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at historic Fort Myer, Va. He participated in the Inaugural ceremony for President Carter and other high-profile ceremonies. He has since been honored as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

Commander Reistad has served at every level of The American Legion. He is a past president and honorary life member of the National American Legion Press Association (NALPA). He recently completed a six-year appointment as chairman of the Department Legislative Committee and two three-year terms as a gubernatorial appointee to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations, where he helped coordinate the input of 23 VSOs in crafting veteran friendly legislation and advocating the proposed legislation before the governor and General Assembly. He is also a tenured past department historian and was recently bestowed an honorary life membership by the National Association of Department Historians of the American Legion (NADHAL).

He is a past Legionnaire of the Year from Post 270 and a member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 10 in Manassas. His wife, Jessica, and his family, are proud members of The American Legion Family. His theme as national commander is “Celebrating Our Legacy,” with special emphasis on the organization’s centennial.