District 21 Officers 2020-2021

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Rudolph Valadez, Commander, 951-359-0902

Rudolph “Rudy” Valadez is a retired Senior Executive of the United States Government, presidential appointee as the Western Regional Administrator of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a 25 year veteran of the FBI, professor of law, and author. Since 2014, he has been a member of Post 79 in Riverside, California and held the offices of Post Adjutant, First Vice Commander, Judge Advocate, and Post Commander. He is a member of the National Mentor’s Corps and assists Veterans involved in the Criminal Justice System. His main goal is to be of service to all veterans. Painting and writing are his hobbies.

My mission is to push community outreach throughout all 17 American Legions in Riverside County. Utilizing our 4 Pillars as the foundation for our continued success, we will ensure that we take care of our veterans and youth, promote Americanism and protect our nation.

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Monique Clemons

Jr. Past Commander


US Army and US Navy for 15 years. Current 5th Area Membership Chair, California Department Chaplain AL Riders, California Department National Security Council and Secretary Committee to Elect.

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Richard Chalupnik

3rd Vice Commander/Finance


US Air Force Vietnam Veteran. Past Post Commander. Current Captain of Honor Guard. Riverside County Veterans Committee Chairman. American Legion Riders Chapter 79 Chaplain. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 47.   40 & 8 member. 

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Arturo Aguilar

Executive Board East


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David Mader





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Russ Mills

Judge Advocate


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David Brambila

1st Vice Commander


USMC Veteran. Board member for Veterans Assn. of Real Estate Professionals, fighting for veterans to become home owners.  Current Commander for Post 742. Owner of a Marketing Firm and Real Estate Brokerage.

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Tony Aguilar



Retired U.S. Navy submarine officer and committed activist. Founder of Greater Palm Springs Celebrity Golf Classic and Palm Springs Youth Charities that promote the educational interests of the City's youth.  He has earned a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

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Marquis Palmer

Executive Board Central


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Adalberto Navarro



Staff Sergeant USMC retired.  Served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Post 742 Past Commander. Past Area 5 Membership Chairman, Current Area 5 Sgt.-At-Arms.


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Larry Hernandez

2nd Vice Commander


Retired Special Forces Army Master Sergeant. Past Post 742 Commander, Historian, and Sgt-at-Arms; District 21 Sgt-at-Arms, and Executive Board West. Current Post 742 1st Vice Commander and 5th Area Chairman for Rituals.

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Amado C. Salinas II

Assistant Adjutant


US Navy Veteran, Aerospace Analyst for many years, worked with Government Project Development, Corporate Project Development & Management operations, Licensed Realtor in Commercial/Industrial Sales & Leasing for over 35 years.

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William Ashton

Executive Board West


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Johnnie Griffitts

Service Officer


Vietnam Veteran Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.  U.S. Army 7/17th Air Cavalry. President of Veterans Honoring Veterans, helping veterans with their earned benefits. VA Certified peer to peer specialist. Post 742 Service Officer.