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


Larry Phillips - Commanding Officer

I served in the Navy, am a Vietnam Vet, and have retired from AT&T as a Maintenance Splicer(26 years), and theU.S Postal Service as a Machine Mechanic(14 years). I served as Vice president of the Golden Bear Chapter, Telephone Pioneers (a volunteer organization which serves the community) and have been the Vice-President of the Local Postal Workers Union. I am Past Chieftain of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii and Past Chieftain of the Hawaiian Scottish Association. I believe in giving back to the community and hope as a Post we can be more involved with our local military and veterans. 

Amanda Hess - Quartermaster

Amanda Hess is a US Navy veteran, who served as an enlisted linguist. She settled on O’ahu after discharge, making Hawai’i her home with her husband (and fellow SAMS member), Garth Hess. She is a former SAMS 808 Post Commander and established the post badge in 2017. She is currently serving as Quartermaster. Amanda attended Chaminade University of Honolulu, earning her BA in Psychology, then MS in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed marriage & family therapist working in private practice in Waipahu. She is a participating provider with the Give an Hour program (, which provides free mental health counseling to military personnel, veterans, and their family members. 

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

Garth Hess - Historian/Genealogist

Garth Hess is a US Navy veteran, who served as an enlisted linguist. He previously served as Quartermaster for Post 808 and is currently serving as Historian. He earned his BS in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Korean Studies from Excelsior College. He earned his BA in Historical & Political Studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu. He earned his MS in International Relations from Troy University. 

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 managing and playing with a cowboy band performing in the western United States.

Sita Menor - Sergeant at Arms and current National Adjutant (2017-2019)

US Army veteran, first entered in 1974 in the Women’s Army Corps. One of the first female ammunition specialists in the Army who retained her skills from active duty to the Department of Defense where she served as Deputy to the Commander of an Army Field Support Battalion, and consequently the Brigade Ammunition Manager of a forward deployed unit. Retired from Federal Service as a GS14 Senior Logistics Officer in 2015.

Served as commander of Post 808 in Hawaii from 2013-2016 and Color Sergeant from 2018 to present. Currently serving as the National Adjutant for the Scottish American Military Society since 2017. In Post 808, she is the POC for the JROTC program.

Current member of the St. Andrews Society of Hawaii (S.A.S.H.), Hawaiian Scottish Association, Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii, and Clan Gregor of North America and Scotland.  (More info on Sita on the History Page)


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 2018- Hawaii Scottish Games at McCoy Pavilion Waikiki

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(@)