Area native and Kee High School graduate John Walleser promoted to U.S. Army Major ...

U.S. Army Major John Walleser was promoted from Captain to Major during a ceremony held May 5 of this year at the Lock and Dam 9 embankment of the Mississippi River next to the spillway. Colonel Eric Swenson (St. Paul District Commander), Lieutenant Colonel Robert Wilkins (St. Paul District Deputy Commander), and John Walleser’s family and friends were in attendance at the promotion ceremony. John Walleser is an active-duty U.S. Army Engineer since 2012 and is currently assigned to the United States Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District where he works with the Levee Safety Program.

As a part of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Major Walleser inspects infrastructure critical to flood protection and assists in emergency response to natural disasters. Immediately following his promotion ceremony, Major Walleser hosted a reception with those in attendance at the American Legion in Harpers Ferry.

Major Walleser is a 2008 graduate of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (Kee High School in Lansing). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Studies from the United States Military Academy-West Point, a Master of Science degree in Geological Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Major Walleser is the son of Nancy J Walleser and the late Joe Walleser of Harpers Ferry.

Pictured in the top photo at right is Major Walleser holding his son, Roman, and standing with his wife, Tamar, and daughter, Anastasia. Pictured in the photo below, left to right, are Major Walleser’s siblings, Hannah and Hans Walleser, Major John Walleser, and his mother, Nancy Walleser. Submitted photos.