U.S. Senator Mike Johanns today announced Lieutenant General (NE, ret.) Roger Lempke as State Military Affairs Director. General Lempke most recently served as Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard, and will handle military and veterans' issues for Senator Johanns in Nebraska.
"General Lempke is passionate about serving veterans and will be a tremendous asset to our team as we assist Nebraskans on military issues," Johanns said. "He brings a vast base of knowledge from his nearly 40 years of experience in the Air Force. Nebraskans are very familiar with him and his commitment to public service. Roger is a true role model and I am honored to have him join our team."
As Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard, General Lempke directed the training and utilization of the National Guard (Army and Air), a force of over 3600 soldiers and 900 airmen in 50 units throughout the state, and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, General Lempke logged over 1600 flight hours and achieved senior pilot status. He was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology, where in 1976 he earned a Master's degree with honors in Logistics Management. General Lempke joined the Nebraska National Guard in 1984, becoming commander of Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CAMRON) in 1991 and, after his promotion to Colonel in 1996, led the 155th Logistics Group until his promotion to Adjutant General in 2000. Lempke retired with many decorations from the National Guard in 2007.
General Lempke was born and raised on a farm near Tecumseh, Nebraska, and currently lives in Lincoln with his wife Shirlee. They have two children and four grandchildren.