The American Legion Department of Florida
State Commander Steve Shuga
Department Commander Stephen Shuga, a Legionnaire from Altamonte Springs Post 183, was elected during the 99th Annual Convention in Orlando on July 1st, 2017. Through his 20 year active duty service in the United States Marine Corps, between 1975 to 1995, he has been a member of The American Legion for 14 years.
Commander Shuga was born on the October 5, 1957, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Very Reverend Stephen and Emily. His family migrated from Edwardsville Pennsylvania to Hammond, Indiana for a short stay then into Homestead, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh in 1958, where he attended public school and graduated from Steel Valley High School in 1975.
Commander Shuga enlisted in the United States Marine Corps April 8, 1975, entered Marine Corps Boot Camp in Parris Island, South Carolina on June 16, 1975 graduating as a E-2 / Private First Class with Honors. Military assignments spanned from North Carolina; Hawaii; Western Pacific, Virginia; Saudi Arabia; Sweden; Zaire; El Salvador; Japan; Gulf War I Combat – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait; and Virginia.
Commander Shuga has been married to his wife, Leonor, for the past 33 years two children – daughter Carol with her husband Jonathan, two grandsons Johan and Andren including one son, Kenneth, all active member of The American Legion family.
Commander Shuga’s distinguished military career includes the below listed decorations:
- Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Navy Unit Commendation
- Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
- Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/Silver Star
- Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Southwest Asian Service Medal w/Two Bronze Stars
- Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
- Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service w/Three Bronze Stars
- Naval Arctic Service Ribbon
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/Three Bronze Stars
- Marine Security Guard Service w/Bronze Star
- Kuwait Liberation (Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait Liberation (Kuwait)
Commander Shuga’s distinguished service also bridges into the Boy Scouts of America and was honored with a District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Service rendered has impact the lives of youth in the Scouting programs and continues to impact Scouts well into the future.
Commander Shuga has served in numerous Post, District, Area, Department, and National level positions that include chairmanships and key leadership roles. Extremely diversified due to his knowledge, skills, and abilities his dedication and association with various veteran service organizations, effectively impact our communities, state, and nation.
The American Legion, Department of Florida proudly stands at over 130,000 members with approximately 295 Legion Posts across the state and 2.2 million members who operate through more than 13,000 posts across the United States. The American Legion is The Nation’s Largest and most powerful organization of U.S. wartime veterans and their families. Since its inception by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has delivered substantial improvements for veterans, families and communities. The American Legion drafted and drove home passage of the GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The American Legion has brought into existence dozens of health-care benefits for veterans and programs designed to provide civilian careers after active duty discharge. For more information on how you can be involved with The American Legion or for an interview with Commander Shuga, please contact The American Legion Department of Florida at 407.295.2631 x239 or through email at Commander@floridalegion.org.