Post Officers 2018-2019

The VFW Post 1741 is comprised of Elected Officers and Appointed Positions. Collectively, we are responsible for administering the affairs and transacting the business of the VFW Post 1741 in Auburn, WA.

Elected Officers

Tony Whetstine VFW Post 1741 Commander; 2016, Photo by Auburn Reporter
Photo by Auburn Reporter
Tony Whetstine

Tony Whetstine served honorably with the Marines in the first Gulf War.
“Tony is one of the new group of veterans who will carry on the VFW traditions in the community,” said Bill Peloza, former Post 1741 commander and longtime post member. Read More in the Auburn Reporter

Sr. Vice Commander:
Francis W Bannister, LTC, US Army (RET), Senior Vice Commander, VFW Post 1741

Frank Bannister was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Chapman University and a BA in Social Work from Marshall University. He relocated from Kaiserslautern, Germany in July 2010 to Auburn, Washington and transferred his life membership to Post 1741.  He served in the US Army for 21 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer and for five years as an enlisted Soldier Medic. He still serves the US Army as a Civil Servant, Senior Healthcare Administrator at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Frank Joined the VFW in November 2001 while on Active Duty Serving in Kaiserslautern Germany.

Since joining Post 1741 Frank has held Chairman of Membership Committee and Commander from 2011- 2015. Post 1741 earned selection to the All State Team from 2013 to 2015 and All-American Post in 2014-2015. Frank has also served as District 11, Chief of Staff, Veteran of the Year Committee Chair for District 11 and National AIDE-DE-CAMP in 2015-2016. He is currently serving Post 1741 as Senior Vice Commander

Significant military assignments include: Chief of Staff for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC); Commander, Baumholder, Army Health Clinic, Chief Patient Administration Division (PAD, ( LRMC) and PAD Consultant to Europe Regional Medical Command; Patient Admin Officer, US Army V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany; Chief, Clinical Support Division, Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC); Administrative Officer, Department of Medicine (MAMC), Deputy Chief PAD (MAMC); Chief PAD 121 EVAC Hospital, Company Commander, HHC 121 EVAC Hospital and 18th Medical Command , Seoul Korea; Aide-de-Camp to CG, AMEDD Center in 2014and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Chief PAD, Fort Monmouth Army Hospital and Medical Platoon Leader, 3/60th Infantry Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Military Awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals (5), Army Commendation Medals (4), Army Achievement Medals (3) and other service ribbons. He was inducted into the Military Order of Medical Merit and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. He also earned the Outstanding Military Volunteer Award in 2004.

Jon Quackenbush
Jon Quackenbush

Jon Quackenbush is a Life Member of the VFW and has been serving as Post Quartermaster since 2011.

Jon is a U.S. Navy veteran who began his service as a boatswain mate aboard a Navy Destroyer Escort the USS Hissem. Following his “Tin Can” duty Jon was assigned to an aviation ordinance division aboard the Air Craft Carrier USS Ticonderoga. In 1971 the carrier and its crew were deployed overseas that included the waters off Viet Nam.

A retired Law Enforcement Officer, Jon resides in the City of Auburn.

Jr. Vice Commander:
Derek Dean
Bonn Trinidad
Jesse Jose

Appointed Positions

Roger Flygare
Judge Advocate:
Roger Flygare

Roger lives in Federal Way, Washington. Karla and Roger celebrate their 42nd anniversary in 2018. Roger serves as JAG and Service Officer for the Auburn VFW Post 1741 and has done so for a number of years. He is very active in helping with Buddy Poppy fundraising , other types of fundraising activities and membership drives. He first joined the VFW as an at-large member in 1978 and has been a life member since 2011.

He is the CEO/President/Owner of two court reporting agencies in Washington, Roger G. Flygare & Associates, Inc., and Alliance Reporting, Inc. His companies employ court reporters in all 39 counties of the State of Washington. Roger served for eight years as the chair of the Court Reporter Advisory Board for the Department of Licensing (DOL) and is requested frequently by DOL to serve on ad hoc committees and workshops for the court reporting profession. He also provides the twice yearly examinations for the Washington Certified Court Reporter licensing.

Roger is the Immediate Past President & Commanding General of the Association of Washington Generals, having served as President & Commanding General for two years, 2014-16. The Association of Washington Generals is a non-profit organization chartered by the Washington State Legislature. He has been a member since 1997 and has served in every board position except treasurer.

Roger is the current President of Court Reporters United, a Washington State based nonprofit, which focuses on providing continuing education
opportunities for its membership. He is also a past president of the Washington Court Reporters Association where in his capacity as president-elect and president worked with the legislature to pass Washington CCR mandatory continuing education legislation as well as the legislation authorizing certified court reporters to be added to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) as individuals authorized to administer oaths and affirmations.

For his community service, he is currently involved serving as Chair of the Federal Way Civil Service Commission, which oversees the hiring of police officers, and is a member of the Federal Way Parks Department. He recently completed the Federal Way Citizens Police Academy in 2018 where the inner workings of the police department were shared with residents of Federal Way who took the classes.

If you would like to contact Roger directly, you can reach him at (253) 214-2999 or by email at

Larry Osburn
Larry Osburn

Larry has claimed the state of Washington his my residence since 1969. He has lived in Auburn since July of 1991. Larry is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He retired from the Army as a CW4 in May 1992 after serving over 22 years. Larry has been a member of the “White River Valley- VFW Post 1741” for over 12 years, serving actively for the past 1.5 years. (Jun 2018)

Mike Sepal
Officer OTD:
Mike Sepal

Mike served on active duty as a medic with the 9th Medical Battalion from 11/74-3/76; tasked to G-3 (Training) 9th Infantry Division as a mountain climbing & cold weather training (ski instructor) instructor with 9th Infantry Division at the Huckleberry Creek Mountain Training Camp from 6/75 – 3/76; served as a medic with the 3/11 ACR in Bad Hersfeld, Germany (4/76 – 6/77) as part of its border surveillance mission along the East – West German border; served in U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) from 10/84 – 1/06: with 50th General Hospital – (Desert Shield/Storm 11/90 – 03/91, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); with 6250th USAH as 91W in the ICU of the U.S. Army Hospital at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia – Herzegovina from 9 Jan 03 to 17 Sep 03 as part of Operation Joint Forge; Task Force Medical Eagle; Stabilization Force (SFOR) 13; a NATO Peacekeeping Mission. Retired from USAR in 1/06.

Jack Anderson
Service Officers:
Roger Flygare
Cory Rueb

What We Do

Post Position Descriptions

Leader of the post and presides over post meetings.


Post Treasurer and material procurer

Senior Vice Commander

Leads when Commander is unavailable.


Performs prayers in meetings and special veterans services.

Junior Vice Commander

Leads if both the Commander and Sr. Vice Commander are unavailable.


Educates Post members on veterans health related issues.