Milwaukee County War Memorial

Donor Spotlight: VADM Dirk Debbink and Terry Debbink

VADM Dirk Debbink and Terry DebbinkNovember is a time of thankfulness and a time to honor those who have served our country through the many Veterans Day activities at the War Memorial Center.  We are so proud to feature this month’s spotlight on VADM Dirk Debbink and his wife Terry.

A retired three-star vice admiral of the U.S. Navy and former Chief of the Navy Reserve, Dirk now devotes his time to his company in Oconomowoc, his family and to giving back to the community.  Dirk and Terry actively support many community and veteran organizations, including the War Memorial Center, for which we are truly thankful.

Dirk participated in our Veterans Story Project, which gave him the opportunity to reflect on impressive 35-year Navy career. Dirk tackled tough issues like sexual assault in the military and was the face of a PSA campaign called Not In My Navy.” He also worked to change the system, making it easier to transition from the active duty Navy to the Naval Reserve.

Dirk recently summed up his career this way:

“Like so many Veterans, I had no idea what lay ahead when I ‘shipped out’ from Wisconsin to join the Navy at age 17.  The Navy gave me a great education, enabled me to meet my wife, and we literally traveled the world on both active and reserve duty doing what we called ‘real and meaningful work.’  As we look back on those 35 years of service, we truly feel it was a privilege to wear the uniform of a U.S. Navy Sailor and to serve our country.  We’d do it all over again!”

Thank you Dirk for your lifetime of service to our country and for your steadfast support of all veterans.

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