Veterans will be honored in a pair of ceremonies next week in Galva.

Veterans will be honored in a pair of ceremonies next week in Galva.

Galva Junior-Senior High School principal Jerry Becker will lead a program for veterans at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and Col. Kenneth J. Tauke is the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.


At Galva High School

Becker organizes the program that honors area veterans and is open to the public at the GHS gym. Becker said the guest speaker will be from the Rock Island Arsenal. Galva’s elementary and  junior-senior high choirs will sing patriotic songs, as well as the service songs.

At Veterans Park

Col. Tauke will speak at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony that also features military rites by the Galva Fusiliers and free chili at the Galva American Legion building after the program.

Col. Tauke is a native of Worthington, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1982, serving tours in Fort Riley, Kan., Germany, and Fort Hood, Texas. 

In 1987, he entered the University of South Dakota ROTC program at Vermillion, S.D., and commissioned in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant.

Col. Tauke served in various command and staff positions to include Commander, 300th Military Police Company; Commander, 463rd Military Police Company; Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy; S-3, 1st/1st Infantry Battalion; Deputy Division Provost Marshal, 2nd Infantry Division; Director of Operations, United States Disciplinary Barracks. He also served as the Battalion Executive Officer of 705th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

In 2009, Col. Tauke assumed command of the 1001st Military Police Battalion (Criminal Investigation Division), Fort Riley, Kan. After 24 months, he relinquished this position to become the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. In 2012, Col. Tauke assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 535th Military Police Battalion, in Afghanistan.

Prior to graduation from the United States Army War College, Col. Tauke deployed to Qatar, as the CENTCOM Joint Security Officer Forward. After the United States Army War College, Col. Tauke was the I Corps Provost Marshal, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medals, and the Combat Action Badge among others.

His military education includes a Masters of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Command General Staff College and Special Reaction Team Training.

His civilian education is a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice, Masters in Political Science and Masters in Communications from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, S.D.

He is married to the former Wendy Cox of Sioux Falls, S.D. They have one son, Jacob, who is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps, and four daughters — Meghan is a college freshman at Kansas, Molly a high school student, Macy a junior high school student and Alexa an elementary school student. The three youngest daughters reside with their parents on Rock Island Arsenal.