Department Commander

2024-2025 Department Commander

Dan Cooper

Commander Cooper

 Dan Cooper was elected as the 106th Department Commander of Michigan for 2024-2025 in Sault Ste. Marie on July 14, 2024.

     Born and raised in South Haven, Michigan, Dan joined the Marine Corps in 1971 during the Vietnam era and served as a Crash, Fire, and Rescue Crew Chief, directing on-site fire and rescue efforts. Dan worked his way up to Dispatcher, directing all firefighting crews in all emergencies.

     After leaving the Marine Corps in 1975 as a construction project foreman, Dan moved the family to several states across the Southwest and West.
When returning to Michigan, Dan worked with Consumers Energy at the JH Campbell power plant in West Olive, where he became a certified power plant operator.
Dan served in several post-officer positions, including Post Commander for three years at Post 6 in Holland, where he has been a paid-up-for-life member for 20 years. Dan served two years as the 5th District Commander and then as 2nd Zone Commander before being elected as the Department's first and second Vice Commander.

     He retired from Consumers Energy after 22 years as a certified hydro operator at the Rogers Dam in Big Rapids. Dan also holds a degree in business administration and has been a licensed general contractor for over 30 years. Dan and his wife Virginia have been married for 50 years and raised two children, Jim and Jennifer. Dan enjoys taking his fishing boat out on inland lakes, often just to enjoy the scenery. Dan’s hobbies include working on and restoring antique tractors and cars, leather crafts, and woodworking.

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I first joined the U.S. Air Force National Guard in 1979. I went to Western Michigan University and earned my Bachelor of Business Administration Accountancy.


I rejoined and earned eligibility during the Global War on Terrorism Era with the U.S. Air Force National Guard 1990-2012. While Serving my Posts 298 & 257 as Commander 2015-2022, we achieved 100% Post Membership All Years. I attended National American Legion College in 2018.Since then, I have continued to serve the American Legion Department of Michigan in various roles, including Kalamazoo County Commander 2017-2018, District 3 2nd Vice-Commander 2019-2020, Department DMS Coordinator 2018-2019, Department Membership Director 2020-2021 & 2021-2022, Department 1st Vice-Commander 2022-2023, National Americanism Council 2018-2021, and Membership & Post Activities Committee 2021-2023.



National Executive Committeeman 2023 - 2024

Larry Money U.S. Army





Alt National Executive Committeeman 2023 - 2024


Brett Holt U.S. Navy