State Commander - Army
My name is Phil Patterson; I am married and have four beautiful children and two grandchildren. My wife is Lynn Patterson, daughters Bailey(22), Madelyn(18), Emma(9) Luke(4) and grandchildren Kaiden(3) and Ivy(1).
I joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 1987; I served Operation Desert Storm 1990-91 and Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2004-05 where I served as the Shop Foreman and Platoon Sergeant. In 2008 I was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8) and in 2010 I retired at that rank from the 46th Military Police Command where I served as the Maintenance Supervisor.
I am a Life Member of VFW Post 6695 located in Plymouth, Michigan. As a Post Commander, in 2010-2011 my Post achieved Captain of the All-State Team and All-American Post Commander honors and was an National Outstanding Community Service Award Winner 2010 – 2011. I have also had the honor of holding these other positions: Post Adjutant 2011-2012, At the District Level: District Jr. Vice 2010 – 2011, District Commander 2011 – 2012, District Quartermaster 2012 – 2013, District Chief of Staff 2012 – 2013, Department Level: Department Legislative Director 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, Dept. Jr. Vice Commander 2013/Nov 2013, National Level: Served on the Iraq/Afghanistan Committee 2010-2011, Served as Vice Chairman of the Iraq/Afghanistan Committee 2011-2012, Department Junior Vice Commander 2016-2017.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hard worker and strive to make myself and those around me better. I always try to put the organization above personal desires by doing what is best for the organization, fully believing in the VFW and its service to Veterans and their Families.
My philosophy has always been one of "Team building, Teamwork and Communication”. In doing this it has allowed me to establish strong personal and working relationships with our comrades in all Districts. I make it a point to "listen and learn” from all parties in achieving the VFW goals.
My goal is to encourage as many young Veterans to join our great organization and to take on leadership roles. This is so we as an organization can continue to grow, and have not only the experience of those who preceded us in the chairs, but bring new ideas that can help us prosper in many avenues in the VFW. We need to continue to help those Veterans and families in need.