Gene Hellickson of Sisters, Oregon was elected Department Commander of The American Legion, Department of Oregon on June 24th, 2017, during the 99th Department Convention in Florence, Oregon.
Gene served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He then became a member of the Oregon Air National Guard, as an Air Technician of the 116th Tactical Control Squadron. Upon his retirement from the service, Hellickson went on to serve a 18-year career in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Electronic Engineering Division’s Quality Assurance Specialist for the fleet of NOAA research ships. Gene retired in 2005 and moved to Sisters.
After moving to Sisters, Gene served as a volunteer with the Deschutes County Library. Because of his desire to help our veterans, he joined The American Legion. He served in various capacities at his local Post, where he became the Post Commander for 6 years. Hellickson next served as the District Vice-Commander, and then District Commander. In 2015 he was elected as the Department of Oregon’s 2nd Vice-Commander. In 2016 he was elected to the position of 1st Vice-Commander. During the 99th annual Oregon American Legion Convention, Gene was elected as Department Commander.
Gene is a Paid Up For Life of The American Legion and a life member of the Sons of the American Legion, and a member of other Veteran organizations.
At the National level, Gene is a past member of the Americanism Counsel.
During the 2017-18 Legion year, Commander Hellickson has dedicated himself to strengthening of the American Legion programs and the Oregon American Legion Foundation.
Gene and his wife, Linda, live in Sisters, Oregon, have two adult children and three grandchildren and 2 great-grand children.