Colonel Larry J. Herke Retires After 31 Years of Service
On July 31, 2016, Colonel Larry J. Herke retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard after 31 years of service. Major General Rick Nash, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, was the presiding officer at the Retirement Ceremony. During the ceremony, Major General Nash awarded Colonel Herke with the Legion of Merit Medal for his 31 years of service to the U.S. Army on active duty and in the Army National Guard.
Colonel Herke received his commission from the R.O.T.C. Program at Minnesota State at Mankato in 1985. He served in Air Defense, Artillery, Infantry,?Armor and Calvalry. Colonel Herke’s career included deployments in Iraq (16 months), Germany (4 years), and Norway (11 rotations). His last assignment was at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN?as the Construction and Facilities Management Officer in charge of maintaining all 61 armories, six Field Maitenance Shops, two Aviation support facilities, and Ranges throughout Minnesota.
After two days of retirement Colonel Herke began a new job as the Director of the Office of Enterprise Sustainability for the State of Minnesota. In this position Larry will be responsible for assisting the state agencies with all aspects of Sustainability to include reduction in water, waste, and energy.
Colonel Herke is the son of Larry W. and Sheila J. Herke (Jacobson) formerly of the Graettinger and Cylinder areas. He is married to Debbie R. Herke (Korteum) and they have three sons- Jonathan (Meagan), Joseph (Laura), and Justin. His grandparents were the late Ed and?Ina Herke (Graettinger) and the late Joy and Florence (Watson) Jacobson (Cylinder). His great grandparents were Sam and Gertrude Watson, owners and managers of the “Watson Theatre” during the 1940s through the 1960s in Graettinger.