RETIRING, BUT NOT FROM SERVICE
After graduating from Tomahawk, Keith Hanse wanted to see the world so he joined the US Air Force. During his time with the Air Force and later the Air National Guard, Hanse served in Operation Iraqi Freedom before returning to Tomahawk to be with family while still being part of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. This past March, Hanse finished out his longstanding military career retiring after 28 years. “I’m so proud of all the honor, pride and dedication he has shown through the years. Thank you for your sacrifices and military service so the rest of us can enjoy freedoms and endless opportunities because of your service,” Nicloe Hanse, Keith’s wife, said on social media. “Thank you to all the men and women that have stood beside Keith and brought him back to us safe. It’s very emotional for all of us, but especially him as he walks away from a job he loved and a big extended family.” Nicole also thanked the 115th Fighter Wing for the thoughtful gifts and certificates that were presented to the family. “It truly is a team effort being a military family. Regardless of the sacrifices I made, Keith truly deserves the bravery award. We love you and are so proud of you Keith!” While Keith’s military career might have come to an end, he will remain a familiar face in the Tomahawk community as he coaches volleyball, serves as a volunteer driver for the Kwahamot Water Ski Team during the summer and continues to work for Northwoods Community Realty. Pictured with Keith and Nicole are their children Mady and Zach.