A few years of military service enabled some of us to gain a college education.  For others, it was the start of a career.   For many veterans their military service was their earliest opportunity to gain independence, responsibility, and leadership skills while serving their country.  As Scots we wear the kilt instead of a military uniform to pay our respect and appreciation for what our Scottish ancestors endured, and to celebrate their traditions and culture.  And there’s also a way kilt-wearing veterans can still honor the traditions of their military service.  That’s by becoming a member of S.A.M.S., the Scottish-American Military Society!   

The Society was founded in 1981 as a non-profit veterans organization.  The membership is composed primarily of veterans of Scottish ancestry who have served -- or are serving -- in the Armed Forces of the United States and the Commonwealth.  

S.A.M.S. exists to preserve and promote Scottish and American Armed Forces customs, traditions, and heritage, by:

  •  Supporting Scottish activities at Highland Games;
  •  Providing a forum for the exchange of military history and genealogical information;
  •  Conducting public education programs;
  •  Presenting military student honor awards;
  •  Making contributions to qualified scholarship funds or institutions;
  •  Making appropriate charitable contributions;
  •  Providing a fraternal atmosphere for members.

Plus, S.A.M.S. is fun!  Our uniform is a service-type shirt which is worn with our kilts, and we have no ranks or rank insignia.  We’re all alike in S.A.M.S., serving our community and honoring our military service and Scottish heritage.

Membership is open to honorably discharged veterans or active duty or reserve military persons who have served or are serving with any branch of the United States or Commonwealth Armed Forces, including Coast Guard.  If you support the purposes shown above and qualify, we welcome your membership!

For more information or to join S.A.M.S., email Chuck Jamison, Post 808 Webmaster


Amanda Hess - Commanding Officer

I am so honored to be the new commander of Post 808! I was a linguist (CTI) in the US Navy from 1999-2005. I was stationed here in Hawaii and decided to make it my home. I currently work in private practice as a mental health counselor and also serve on the board of directors for the Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii. My goals for Post 808 include increasing meet-ups as well as our work with JROTC. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions, comments, or concerns. Aloha! 

Garth Hess - Quartermaster

Garth Hess served in the U.S. Navy from 2000-2006, achieving the rank of Cryptologic Technician Interpretive First Class. He has Scottish ancestry on his mother's side and Irish ancestry on his father's. Garth became involved with the Saint Andrews Society of Hawaii in 2014 and with SAMS in 2015. He has had a lifelong love of Scotland and has visited twice, most recently for the 2013 Hogmanay celebration in Edinburgh. Garth had been a resident of Hawaii since 2002. 

For khaki shirts check Marlow White. For covers check J Higgins. SAMS approves the Glengarry or the Balmoral.

Chuck Jamison - Webmaster and Adjutant:

Chuck was a Navy SAR helicopter pilot during the Viet Nam era and did two tours to WestPac. Later he joined the National Guard as an NCO in a Combat Engineer Bn. In 1990 he joined the 91st Division band and learned to play the bagpipes. Chuck has been a past CO of the N California SAMS Post 1921 and currently is a member of both posts. He is the Aide to the Regional Commander as well as our Adjutant. He maintains the two post websites and plays pipes with the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii whenever he is visiting the Islands.

Chuck is currently an active piper in N California, Clan Gunn piper and N CA Clan Gunn Commissioner, and a member of the Hawaii Caledonian Club, St Andrews Society, Friends of St Patrick, and he's also playing with a cowboy band playing in the western United States.


Sita Menor - Founding Commander

Primasita (Sita) MacGregor Menor was the founding commander of Post 808 in the Hawaiian Islands.  She is a retired Army veteran who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during the last days of the Vietnam War.  On dissolution of the WAC, Sita moved to the Ordnance Corps where she served as one of the first female ammunition specialists in the Army. She and the other 4 women who preceded her in the ammunition school were honor graduates.  She transferred to the Hawaii Army National Guard in 1984 and served as the Administrative Assistant to the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii.  She retired from the National Guard after 22 years of service. 

She is currently retired with a combined Federal career of 40 years. Formerly a tenor drummer in the Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii, she has been very active in volunteer work with wounded Soldiers in transition from the Army to civilian life. She now living in Colorado but planning to move to Florida. She will be supporting the post and the band whenever she can visit. 

She attended Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii-Manoa (B.S, in Business Management), as well as the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Lee B. Shellko (Kirkbride) - Past Commander

Lee is a veteran of the United States Air Force, Security Police.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 1985, and served at multiple locations CONUS and worldwide.  Lee’s final duty position was Chief, Security Police, Balikesir Air Base, Turkey.  He is a veteran of the 1st Gulf War.

Upon leaving the USAF, Lee worked 20-years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, at various locations.  His career culminated in obtaining the Colorado Corrections Association “Medal of Valor,” for “extraordinary valor & bravery.”  Lee retired from Federal service and now works as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the First Circuit Court, Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is also an adjunct faculty instructor of Criminal Justice at Heald College, Honolulu, Hawaii, campus.

Lee’s Scottish heritage can be traced back to Odard de Logis, First Baron of Wigton, born 1095.  He is of Kirkbride lineage.  Lee’s family has a confirmed history of military service back to the War of 1812.


Post 808 Photo Links

April 2017 - Hawaii Scottish Games at McCoy Pavilion Waikiki

April 2016 - Hawaii Scottish Games at McCoy Pavilion Waikiki

April 2015 - Hawaii Scottish Games at McCoy Pavilion Waikiki

April 2014- Hawaii Scottish Games at McCoy Pavilion Waikiki

April 2013- Hawaii Scottish Games at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki


Webmaster: Chuck Jamison · oakpiper(@)