Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
John M. Gaedke
S6310 State Road 113
Term Begins: June 8, 2011
John M. Gaedke, of Merrimac, was nominated in May, 2011 to the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs by Governor Scott Walker, and was confirmed by the state Senate in June, 2011, to serve a six-year term.
John has served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard for almost 32 years. He joined in August, 1979, serving as an enlisted member for almost six years, before earning his commission in May, 1985. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel, serving as the 115th Mission Support Group Deputy Commander for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch College in January, 1992. He also attended Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama, completing his Master’s Degree in May of 2008 from the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base.
A veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, John has served on active duty for over 42 months since 9/11. He has over 11 years of command experience, including a wartime command of a Security Forces Squadron made up of active duty, guard and reserve troops. He served in Iraq for over six months, and also served on the Headquarters Air Force staff as the Air Force’s Antiterrorism Officer. He has been awarded three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, and two Air Force Achievement Medals.
Recently elected to a fourth term as Supervisor on the Merrimac Town Board, John serves the residents in a non-partisan seat. He has also served his community as a Big Brother in the Baraboo Kid’s Companion Program, is currently the Cub Master of Baraboo Cub Scout Pack 393, and also volunteers at the Wisconsin National Guard Youth Camp at Volk Field. John is a life member of AMVETS and the VFW.
John is a devoted husband to his wife of 29 years, and is a dedicated father to their two sons. He has served his community and nation with distinction and honor, and his continual desire to help others demonstrates his character. With his proven track record of excellence, he has shown himself to be a valued asset to both his military family and his own.