BOLINGBROOK – After serving his country for the past 30 years, one Bolingbrook native has recently retired from something his father inspired him to do.
Capt. Glen Krueger, 51, retired June 1 after eight years of active duty and 22 years as a reservist with the U.S. Navy. In the Navy Reserve, he served as an information dominance warfare officer with the Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command, which he was required to do one weekend a month and two weeks a year, but, as he explained, he often put in more time than needed.
“I’m definitely going to miss it,” Krueger said. “I stayed so long because I liked it and just kept coming back because I liked what I was doing … I looked forward to the weekends of not only doing work but spending time with the people I met and developed professional relationships with.”
Krueger said he is retiring from the Navy because he is required to do so after a certain amount of time to allow for other individuals to earn promotion to his position.
Krueger’s father grew up on a farm and, at one time, lived in Wisconsin, where he helped his family make cheese, he said. With an itch to leave the United States to see the world, Krueger said his father followed his desire to do something different and joined the Navy. He served for 27 years of active duty as a Chief Petty Officer.
During his time with the Navy, Krueger’s father was assigned to the Bolingbrook area for recruiting duty, Krueger said. His family moved to Bolingbrook when he was in sixth grade.
When it came time for the 1980 Bolingbrook High School graduate’s next step in life, Krueger turned to his father.
“My father was in the military and I thought I would like to serve also,” Krueger said. “He told me about the [United States] Naval Academy and it sounded challenging and interesting, so I applied and got in.”
Krueger graduated the four-year college with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Krueger said the most rewarding aspect of serving with the Navy occurred shortly after he graduated from college. During his first two tours aboard two different ships, he was named a Division Officer and was responsible for 20-30 enlisted personnel.
“You get a lot of responsibility quickly and this stuck out in my mind as challenging yet rewarding,” Krueger said.
Although Krueger is retired from the Navy Reserve, he will continue to work his civilian job as a full-time defense contractor in intelligence community work with the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia, where he currently lives with his wife of 30 years, Michele. He and his wife have four children: Joshua, Jennifer, Chelsea and Nathan.
Krueger said he plans to continue working his civilian job and continue his current volunteer work as his church’s treasurer and president of his homeowners association.
And although his retirement from the Navy is bittersweet, he said, he is becoming more excited about having the additional time to spend with his family.