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. 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


Tim Cook - Commanding Officer

Tim served as Commander of SAMS National 2010-2014

Nancy J. Smiley, M.D. - Executive Officer

Dr. Smiley is a Family Medicine Physician who resides in Honolulu since being stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in 2001. She was a Family Physician and Aerovac Flight Surgeon while in the Air Force and was discharged honorably as a Major in 2003. She then worked as a federal civilian for the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks taking care of Army dependents and retirees. She retired in 2016 and now is a Family Doctor at Straub Hospital and Clinics in Honolulu. She is actively involved with several local Celtic organizations and serves as the Chieftain/President and Membership Coordinator of The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii.

Larry Phillips - Quartermaster

I served in the Navy, am a Vietnam Vet, and have retired from AT&T as a Maintenance Splicer(26 years), and the U.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. 

Chuck Jamison - Webmaster and Adjutant:

Chuck was a Navy SAR helicopter pilot during the Vietnam 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, a Clan Gunn piper, the Hawaii Clan Gunn commissioner, and the Clan Gunn North America Membership Secretary. He is a member of the Hawaii Caledonian Club, St Andrews Society, and Friends of St Patrick.

Sita Menor - Sergeant at Arms

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. 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)


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(@)