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Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke to visit campus as part of
Journalism Alumni Speaker Series
October 20, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel Ellen G. Krenke (KREN–kee), a Chief of Command
Information for the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Public Affairs and
Strategic Communication, will visit the Arkansas State University campus
Tuesday, Oct. 25-26, as part of the Journalism Alumni Fall
Speaker Series. Lt. Col. Krenke, who holds two degrees from ASU, will
speak and interact with students and faculty in classes and other
Born at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, she graduated from Arkansas
State with a bachelor of science degree in journalism in 1986 and earned
her master’s degree in mass communications in 1987.
Two years later, Krenke joined the Arkansas Air National Guard as an
enlisted administrative specialist for the 223rd Combat
Communications Squadron in Hot Springs. At that time, she was also a
sportswriter for the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record.
In 1990, Krenke was hired as a sportswriter for the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, and subsequently transferred to the 189th
Mission Support Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base.
Later that same year, she was selected for a public affairs officer slot
with the National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit at Camp Joseph T.
Robinson in North Little Rock. She was commissioned on June 5, 1991, by
the Academy of Military Science at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base
in Knoxville, Tenn.
In 1992, Krenke accepted an Active Duty for Special Work position as
associate editor of the On Guard newspaper published by the Office of
Public Affairs for the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. She
has been on extended active duty with the National Guard Bureau since
Krenke has completed Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and
Squadron Officers School receiving the Writing Award for her squadron.
She also has completed the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs
Officers Course (short course in 1991 and long course in 1993) and the
Air Force Executive Officers’ Course.
In addition to the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious
Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Krenke’s military decorations
include the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air
Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster; the Air Force
Outstanding Unit Award; the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
with two oak leaf clusters; the National Defense Service Medal with one
oak leaf cluster; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Air
Force Longevity Award with two oak leaf clusters; the Basic Training
Honor Graduate Ribbon; and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
Krenke resides with her husband, Bob, in Alexandria, Va. They have three
children, April, Grace and Brett.
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