The Caswell County Senior Center, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7316, American Legion Post 89 and Piedmont Community College honored local veterans in a ceremony Monday at the Caswell Civic Center.
Retired United States Army Colonel Step “Dick” Kuehl from Sanford was the guest speaker. Colonel Kuehl entered the Army in 1978 and was commissioned in 1985 through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and returned to active duty as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps.
Kuehl has served numerous positions in the Adjutant Corps. From 2003-05, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the Executive Officer for the Secretary of Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He also served as the Battalion and Group Adjutant, Company Commander, Corps Strength Manager and Division G1. He has also served as the HHC-8th Personnel Command in Seoul, Korea, and 18th Personnel Services Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg. From 1993-96, the Colonel was also assigned additional duties as a White House Social Aide for the Clinton Administration.
His deployments include Operation Just Cause-Panama, tours in Balad, Iraq, as the Chief of Staff-Joint Services Operations Task Force 714 (2007-08), Operation Iraqi Freedom and then in United States Forces-Iraq, Operation New Dawn in 2011.
Colonel Kuehl retired in Aug. 2014 as the Adjutant General for the United Forces Command—Fort Bragg. Previously, Colonel Kuehl’s key level assignments included Assistant Chief of Staff-G1/AG, XV111 Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, Director of Manpower, Personnel and Administration -J1, US Forces-Iraq, US Special Operations Command-MacDill Air Force Base-Tampa Florida and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Fort Bragg.