Colonel Richard L Jaehne US Marine joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1968 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah in 1968. Over his 29 year Marine Corps career, he served as an infantry platoon and company commander in Vietnam, and in command, operational, and education positions in the US, the far east, Latin America, Europe and the Mideast. His last positions were as Director of Marine Corps Operations worldwide in Washington, D C and then as the Commandant of NATO’s operational school in Oberammergau, Germany. He retired in 1997. His military awards and decorations include: the Navy Cross, (3) Defense Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat “V”, Purple Heart, and numerous other personal U.S. and foreign awards.
In 1997, he assumed the position of Director, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute in Urbana-Champaign, which is the statutory Illinois State Fire Academy. During his 15 years at the Institute he also served as a member of the Illinois Governor’s Terrorism Task Force, Co-Chair of the Task Force’s Training Committee and a member of the congressionally mandated FEMA Region V Regional Advisory Council. The Institute delivers some 500,000 student hours of training to some 50,000 firefighters and other first responders annually. He also led efforts to collaborate with public safety officials in China, Hong Kong, India and across Asia to address emerging disaster management and response training issues for the 21st century, that have built upon his 40+ years of experience in international, national and regional incident management and disaster response.
He is married to the former Madeleine Muller. Together they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They are retired living in Daphne, AL on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.
Madeleine Anne Jaehne
Captain Madeleine A. Jaehne joined the US Navy in 1964 and was commissioned an Ensign in the Nurse Corps in 1965, just prior to receiving her Bachelor in Science degree in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 1966. Over her 32-year Naval Reserve career, she served various periods of active duty in Naval Hospitals, including the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda MD, serving as Director for Total Quality Management. She served as a Special Assistant to the Surgeon General for Training, and on the Secretary of the Navy’s Reserve Policy Board. Captain Jaehne commanded three naval reserve units as well as a special unit for the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. She also served as Deputy Director of Medical Programs for the Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs.
Her civilian career has included serving as a faculty member and administrative officer at various universities including the University of Miami, Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the University of Illinois, and Lakeland College. She was also a clinical specialist, a director of nursing administration, a program analyst for the Department of Defense Inspector General, and the Senior Instructor in the English Language Department at the George Marshal Center for European Security Studies in Germany.
She retired from the active Naval Reserve in 1995 and from civilian service in 2012. Her military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Leo G. Bilger Unit Award and other personal US military and civilian awards.
She is married to Colonel Richard L Jaehne, USMC retired. Together they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They reside in Daphne, Alabama, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.