Major General Jeffrey Kruse, U.S. Air Force, will return home on Friday, May 26, to be honored by his alma mater, Pettisville High School, at an assembly in the varsity gymnasium at 9 a.m. The public is welcomed.
Kruse, a 1986 graduate, was nominated as a Brigadier General and confirmed by the U. S. Senate on March 27, 2015. He was confirmed by the Senate for his second star this March 27.
The “Circle of Excellence” Award he will receive is designed to honor distinguished accomplishments by PHS graduates. He will be the first recipient of this new award, and was nominated for it in 2015 by Roger Rupp of Rupp Seeds, who will assist with the presentation.
Maj. Gen. Kruse will also be the featured speaker at Memorial Day services at 9:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Rebeau Hall in Archbold, and at 11 a.m. at Pettisville Cemetery.
According to the Air Force web site, Maj. Gen. Kruse is the Director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command. In this role, he serves as the Senior Intelligence officer in the Asia-Pacific region, and is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of intelligence operations across the 36-nation theater.
He was commissioned through ROTC at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His career spans leadership and command positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels in Air Force and joint assignments. He has commanded operational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units from squadron through wing level, to include leading ISR operations in support of Air Force and Joint Special Operations, and serving as the commander of the 480th ISR Wing directing global Air Force ISR operations in support of combat-engaged warfighters around the world.