Alan Schweinhagen, a 1987 Archbold High School graduate, will retire from the United States Army following 21 years of service on July 1, 2008.
The son of Eldon and Darlene, Archbold, Schweinhagen joined the Army after graduating from high school. He and his wife, Kellie, are the parents of a daughter, Amberly, and a son, Alan Jr.
He will retire as a sergeant first class. Over the years he was stationed in Georgia, Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Alaska, and Iraq. He was a member of parachute units, special forces (airborne); was an inspector/tester in defense distribution; and served as a recruiter.
His responsibilities have included supervision assignments, ranger support, squad leader, and airborne combat team. He completed noncommissioned officer training, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, parachute support and operation training.
One of Schweinhagen’s many assignments was at the forward operating base in Kalsu, Iraq.
He will complete his Army career as a parachute rigger platoon sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 725th Support Battalion (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infan- try Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
During his career, he has completed many courses, including: warrior leader, basic noncommissioned officers, free fall, jumpmaster, recruiter, airdrop inspection, and oxygen equipment operator. Specializing in criminal justice, he earned an associate degree from Troy State University.
Among his many awards, badges, and decorations are several with oak leaf clusters. Awards include the Royal Thai Army and Marine Parachutist Army badge, India Army and Air Force Badges, U. S. Joint Service Commendation medal, six U.S. Army Good Conduct medals, and Global War on Terrorism service medal.
Alan and his family plan to make their home in Archbold following retirement.
He will be associated with the Reserve Officer Training Candidate (ROTC) program at the University of Toledo.