About Us

About Us

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Mark Gullion, Post 500 Commander
Post Level
  • Has held every office within the Post with the exception of Chaplin
  • Post Commander in 1997-1998 and again for 2018- 2019
  • Member of the Post 500, 7 time National Color Guard Champions

District Level
  • Vice Commander
  • Executive Vice Commander
  • Service Officer
  • District Commander 2010-2011
  • Current Finance Officer

Department Level
  • Currently the Children & Youth Commission Chairman
  • Americanism Commission Chairman 2017-2018
  • Internal Affairs Commission Chairman 2016-2017
  • Rehabilitation Commission Chairman 2015-2016
  • Has served on numerous committees
  • Created and currently serving as chairman of the Indiana American Legion Youth Law Enforcement Cadet Academy
  • Presently the leading candidate for Department Commander for 2020 -2021
  • Awarded the 2018 Teacher of the Year from the Department of Indiana

National Level
  • 5 Year Member of the Convention Commission
  • Vice President of the 2012 National Convention Corporation
  • Vice President of the 2019 National Convention Corporation

  • 35 Year member of the American Legion
  • 25 Year member of the Sons of the American Legion
  • 8 year veteran of the US Air Force and a 14 year veteran of the US Army reserves, retiring as a 1st Sgt
  • Served 28 years with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, retiring from the Indianapolis
        Metropolitan Police Department as a Detective   
        Sergeant in Homicide
  • Currently a Criminal Justice teacher at the Area 31 Career Center/Ben Davis High School

Post 500 Executive Committee

Mark A. Gullion , Commander
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Johnette Lawson, 1st Vice Commander
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Steve Sabo, 2nd Vice Commander
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Joe Olofson, Judge Advocate
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Steve Tansel, Adjutant
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George Alyea, Finance Officer
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Bryce White, Sergeant-at-Arms
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Jasmin Pettiford, Historian
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Mike Florek, Trustee
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Danny Cain, Chaplain

Louis Day, Service Officer
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