HaakeGermantown native and Air Force Lt. Col. John Haake will be the guest speaker at Monday’s Clinton County Veterans Day program in Germantown.     This year’s Clinton County Veterans Day Service is hosted by Germantown and the American Legion - Diesen Winkler Post 325 in Germantown.
    The day begins on Monday, Nov. 11, with a church service at 9:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. 
    Following the church service, all are invited to enjoy a chicken dinner at Germantown Legion at 11:30 a.m., with meal tickets going for $10. 
    The Veterans Day program officially begins at 1 p.m. with John Haake, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving as the guest speaker.
    Haake is a native of Germantown. He graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2001 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. His initial assignment was to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as an Infantry platoon leader, Infantry company executive officer, and as a Battalion air operations officer.
    While assigned to 2/327th, Haake deployed as part of the invasion of Iraq.
    Haake then attended the Infantry Captain's Career Course followed by completion of the U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course ('Q'-Course), with follow-on assignment to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the detachment commander of an Operational Detachment- Alpha (Special Forces 'A'-Team).
    While a detachment commander, Haake deployed to Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
    Following his detachment command, Haake served as a Special Forces Company executive officer and the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) assistant operations officer.

    Haake then completed the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
    He returned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and assumed command of a Special Forces Company and deployed to Afghanistan.
    Following the deployment, Haake served as a Battalion operations officer followed by a second Special Forces Company command where he deployed as part of the counter-ISIS fight in Syria.
    After this deployment, Haake was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Headquarters and deployed to Turkey as a task force chief of staff in the counter-ISIS flight.
    Haake then served as the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) operations officer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, before moving to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and assuming roles in the Theater Special Operations Command's Plans and Operations sections. He assumed command of 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the summer of 2019.
    Haake's education includes a bachelor's degree in History and two master's degrees: one in Military Operational Art and Science and the second in National Security Studies with a Capstone in Terrorism Studies.
    Haake's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab, as well as multiple campaign ribbons.
    Haake is married with two children.
    Following the Veterans Day program, the parade lineup is at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Green Street and Main Street in Germantown.
    The Veterans Day parade begins at 2:30 p.m., starting  at the corner of Green and Main streets in Germantown. Units then go east on Main Street to Munster Street, then south on Munster Street to Sycamore Street and continue west on Sycamore Street. The parade will end at the American Legion. 
    A dance follows from 4 to 8 p.m., with The Dale LaRose One Man Band (Classic Country and Rock 'n' Roll) playing at the legion. The annual 50/50 drawing will be held at 6 p.m.
    This is also the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and Germantown Post 325. The Germantown American Legion Post 325 charter was signed on Nov. 6, 1919. In addition, the first Veterans Day celebration in Clinton County was hosted by Germantown American Legion Post 328 in 1958. 
    Help the Legion honor their military veterans who served/are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces by celebrating on Veterans Day.

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