Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
10854 Robin Lane
Term Begins: August 19, 2011
Col. Daniel (“Dan”) Bohlin, USAF (Ret.) of Stitzer, Wisconsin was nominated August 19, 2011 to the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs by Governor Scott Walker to serve six years for a term that expires May 1, 2017.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1971, Dan began his Air Force flying career as a forward air controller in the O-2A aircraft in Vietnam. He continued flying duties in the Strategic Air Command as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner in the KC-135A Stratotanker, performing air refueling missions throughout North America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His last flying assignment was during the Reagan Administration when as Air Attache in francophone West Africa he flew the C-12D in support of numerous US ambassadors and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s mission in Africa.
Selected by the Air Force in 1978 as an Olmsted Scholar, Dan studied for two years at the University of Grenoble, France; obtained an MA in political science at Arizona State University and then returned to France in 1992 when he attended the French Air War College at the Ecole Militaire, Paris. Earlier military education assignments included duty at the Defense Language Institute; Armed Forces Staff College; Squadron Officers School and the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Dan also served three years in Denmark with NATO as Senior US Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Intelligence for the Baltic Approaches, as well as two tours of duty at the Pentagon. The first Pentagon tour was with the USAF Air Staff as Africa Branch Chief, then as Deputy of its “Skunk Works” Strategy Division. His second (and last) tour of duty was as Deputy Director for Cooperative Threat Reduction in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Dan’s decorations and citations include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He is a life member of the Air Force Association, USAF Academy Association of Graduates, Military Officers Association of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars. After his retirement in late 1997, Dan and his wife Jean, whom he met in Africa, took over the family’s End-O-Way Farm which they are rehabilitating. They have three daughters.