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John M. Gaedke


WDVA Board member John Gaedke photo

S6310 State Road 113
Merrimac, WI  53561
(608) 712-2301

Term Begins: June 8, 2011
Term Expires: May 1, 2019
Represents: 2nd Congressional District


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 Senate in June. He will be serving a six year term.

John served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard for over 34 years. He joined in August, 1979, serving as an enlisted member for almost six years, before earning his commission in May, 1985. He retired June 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel and is now spending time with his wife and two teenage sons.

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 Nobel Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Unified Protector, John has served on active duty for over 52 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 Qatar in 2013 for over eight months and Iraq in 2006 for over six months. He also served on the Headquarters Air Force staff as the Air Force’s Antiterrorism Officer in 2005. He has been awarded four Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, and two Air Force Achievement Medals.

Recently elected to a fifth 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 a committee member for Baraboo Scout Troop 77, 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 32 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.

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