Milwaukee Armed Forces Week
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Baseball Hall-of-Famer Bob Uecker to Receive Ninth Annual Citizen Support for Our Armed Services Award

Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, led by two new co-chairs, honors those who support and serve our Armed Forces as civilians.

By - Mar 22nd, 2018 02:10 pm

Bob Uecker. Photo by Steve Paluch (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Bob Uecker. Photo by Steve Paluch (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Milwaukee, March 22, 2018… Under the guidance of two new co-chairs, the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee announced today that “Mr. Baseball” Bob Uecker will be presented with the Ninth Annual Citizen Support for Our Armed Services award on Monday evening, May 14, at the annual Armed Forces Week Banquet held at the Wisconsin Club of Milwaukee. This event is organized by Candee Arndt, Vice President Programs, Navy League Milwaukee Council.

The Milwaukee Armed Services Committee is led by two new military co-chairs, Captain Thomas Stuhlreyer, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and Colonel James Locke, Wing Commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, in addition to the continuing civilian chair Dr. Thomas Buck.

Between appearances on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show and earning prestigious awards such as the Ford C. Frick Award, Uecker always found time to support the Armed Forces. He frequently met with members of the Armed Forces to arrange opening pitches at Miller Park, taking time to highlight the dedication of active, reserve and retired military at every opportunity he received. In 2015, he donated his on-screen abilities to film an informational video about the newly-commissioned USS Milwaukee, explaining its many features and its importance to the US Navy.

Entering his 48th season as a broadcaster for his hometown team, calling games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, Bob Uecker celebrates his 63rd year in baseball. Uecker is highly respected in both the baseball and sportscasting industries. In 2001, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, alongside American icons such as Bob Hope and Orson Welles. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. Uecker’s success will be forever recognized in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

About the Citizen Support for Our Armed Services Award
The Citizen Support for Our Armed Services Award recognizes individuals who support and serve the Armed Forces in outstanding ways as civilians. Past recipients, among others, include Dan Buttery, Iraq veteran and founder of the Fisher House Foundation, and Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel.

Announcing Two New Co-Chairs for the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee
Captain Thomas Stuhlreyer assumed command of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in July 2017. He directs all Coast Guard operations in a four-state area on and around Lake Michigan. In addition to the sector staff, he oversees 18 boat stations, two aids to navigation teams, Marine Safety Unit Chicago, Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay, and Sector Field Office Grand Haven.

Colonel James Locke commands an organization that is responsible for maintaining worldwide unit readiness for KC-135 combat support operations. Col. Locke received his commission in 1989 after graduating from the Air Force ROTC program at California State University, Sacramento. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours.

About Milwaukee Armed Forces Week
The 2018 Milwaukee Armed Forces Week, to be held Monday, May 14 – Saturday, May 19, is a joint effort of the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, comprised of members of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as Milwaukee-area citizens and veterans. Its mission is to increase public understanding of the role of the military in a democratic society as well as honor and acknowledge the Milwaukee area people serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.

For more information about Milwaukee Armed Forces Week, please visit and follow the organization on Facebook @MKEAFW. For more information about the banquet, please contact Candee Arndt at

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