Lieutenant Colonel Jason Kettwig joins Milbank veterans recognized by an anonymous Milbank native seeking to honor local vets for their service and keep their stories alive. Kettwig was cited for serving 22 years in the military, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kettwig was already in the military when he moved to Milbank in 2003 and purchased the Taco John’s. He became administrator for the City of Milbank in 2005. In 2004 and 2005, he also spent 14 months in Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery. He earned a bronze star for his service there. He was awarded another bronze star for his service in Afghanistan from 2009-2010.
For the past three years, he has been with the 139th Combat Service Support Battalion of Brookings. He is their commanding officer. He was also selected by the Army War College and is currently enrolled in classes to obtain his second masters degree. In 2016, Kettwig was elected to serve as a representative for the South Dakota Legislature.
Milbank Police Chief Boyd VanVooren, presented Kettwig with his honorary plaque which joins others housed at the Milbank Visitor Center: 1st Lieutenant Dale E. Gold PFC Ronald Dexter Captain Bob Aasen Captain Neil Lee Major James E. “Dake ” Emanuel Captain Dave V. Raebel Petty Officer 2nd Class Doug Hegdahl 1st Lieutenant Leona Holt Shaw Fireman 1st Class Eugene (Gene) Leonhardt Sergeant Gerald (Jeff) Bunting Staff Sergeant Charles Ray Miller Staff Sergeant John A. VanLith Captain Jack Price Lieutenant Colonel Roger Cooper Captain Bob Treis