Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
Carl H. Krueger, Jr.
6240 South Elaine Avenue
Term Begins: June 8, 2011
Rev. Dr. Carl H. Krueger, Jr. of Cudahy was appointed in August, 2011 to the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs by Governor Scott Walker, and was confirmed by the state Senate in October, 2011, to serve a term as a new seat on the Board until May 1, 2015.
He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, having joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing as a Chaplain in 1984 and retiring in 2004. He attained the rank of Chaplain, Lt. Colonel. His military service deployments include Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and England. He had been activated during Operation Desert Storm and his Chaplaincy included ministry to the bereaved at the tragic explosion of a KC-135 Tanker at Mitchell Airport, which killed five Air National Guardsmen.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and was awarded a Masters of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL. His professional military education included Senior Wing Chaplain School, Suicide Prevention Trainer, Critical Incident Response Trainer, and Air Command and Staff Diploma.
Among his awards include Veteran of the Year-2000 by the City of Cudahy Veterans Committee and Honored Citizen of the Year-2011, sponsored by the joint Chambers of Commerce of St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek. In 1997, Rev. Krueger was elected as District President (Bishop) of the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC) District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and as of 2009 he was elected to his fifth three-year term. Since 2003, Rev. Krueger has served in the appointed office of Milwaukee County Veterans' Service Commissioner.
As Rev. Krueger retired from the Parish Ministry of St. John Lutheran Church of Cudahy, where he served from 1979 until February 2010, he will continue to serve as District President (Bishop) for the SELC District, and as Milwaukee County Veterans' Service Commissioner.
He and his wife Dianne have five adult children and five grandchildren. They live in Cudahy.