Delphine Metcalf-Foster, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, was elected National Commander for the more than 1 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Vallejo, California native’s military career included service with the U.S. Army Reserve, 689th Quartermaster Unit, 6253rd Hospital Unit and 6211th Transportation Unit, Letterman Army Medical Center. She retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of first sergeant in 1996.

Metcalf-Foster was injured in January 1991 while serving in Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. At the time she was supporting the Grave Registration Company mission. She was medically evacuated to Germany for care and treatment.

First Sergeant Metcalf-Foster is a life member Disabled American Veterans, as well as a member of The American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She currently serves on the First Data Military Advisory Council and is a member of the DAV Department of California Claims and Service Committee, and has served as Chairman for the DAV Department of California Resolution Committee. Metcalf-Foster also completed a four year appointment as a member of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans in November 2015.

A retired Quality Assurance work leader from the Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, Metcalf-Foster’s leadership has been sought at the local, state, and national levels. She served as chairman of the Hospital/Volunteer Intern Committee, National 16th District Executive Committee, and has served as director and treasurer for DAV at the national level.

A graduate of Solano Community College and Sonoma State University, Metcalf-Foster majored in psychology and liberal studies. She currently resides in Vallejo, California, and is the mother of three children, Linda, Shawn and Dana.