A Letter from Colonel Al:
Hello District 8!
In recent years, I have been walking door-to-door throughout our District. My goal is to visit each and every neighborhood and to
meet each of you. I want to hear your thoughts about this great region in which we live.
This area is indeed very special to me. While serving in the military, my wife, Jackie, and I lived all around our nation and the
globe. We’ve visited over 80 nations on six continents. When our service ended, we chose to make Council Bluffs our home.
It is the caring and hard-working people who drew us here. There is truly a feeling of family. My father was a truck driver and
small businessman. My mother was his partner. They taught me the value of hard work and family and it is something I bring
with me into service of our District..
It is my goal to help to create laws and legislation that allow all citizens to thrive through supportive action and not excessive
I worked my own way through college and law school. I spent over two decades in the military because I placed my duty to serve
the nation before myself. As a prosecutor and an appellate judge, I worked closely with law enforcement ensure public safety.
As an international negotiator, I have helped be bring diverse perspectives together to solve complex and contentious problems.
I traveled abroad lend a hand to young missionaries. Here in Council Bluffs, I brought a smile to preschoolers at vacation bible
school. Like General Dodge, I believe that that success, whether great or small, comes from service before self.
Al Ringgenberg was born and raised in Perry, Iowa, where his parents operated a small farm
supply business. Just after turning age 14, Al became an Eagle Scout. He later graduated
from Perry High School in 1976.
In 1979, Drake University awarded Al a Bachelors Degree Magna Cum Laude, with a double
major in political science and history. In 1982, he received a Juris Doctor Degree from the
Drake University Law School.
1982 was a busy year for Al. That same year, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant
through the Air Force ROTC program at Iowa State University and married his bride, the
former Jacquelyn Walden, of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Al entered into active duty with the U.S. Air Force early in 1983. He was quickly certified as an
experienced trial counsel. Captain Ringgenberg logged nearly 100 courts-martial over a five-
Following assignments in California, South Dakota, Arizona, and Texas, Major Ringgenberg was
selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base,
Alabama. There, his Air Force career would take a change in direction involving international
law and military operations law.
Following an assignment at U.S. Strategic Command, at Offutt Air Force Base, Lieutenant Colonel Ringgenberg, Jackie, and their
two young boys were shipped off to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. During a very busy assignment,LT. Col. Ringgenberg
was twice deployed, participated in two military campaigns, and negotiated multiple military agreements between the Air Force,
NATO allies, and other militaries in the region.
Following Operation Allied Force, Al was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He was once again
separated by duty from his family, assigned in early 2001 as the senior legal advisor to the
Headquarters of the NATO Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia. There, Colonel Ringgenberg helped to
track down and arrest war criminals from the civil war and genocide in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia,
and throughout the former Yogoslavia. During his tenure, the list of war criminals turned over
for justice included the former Serbian President Slobodan MilosevicJust days after the attacks
on September 11, 2001, Colonel Ringgenberg was detailed to a newly formed Joint Interagency
Task Force that was directed against extremists using Muslim safe-havens within Bosnia. In that
role, Colonel Ringgenberg gained a close working relationship with a newly assigned Brigadier
General David Petraeus. Task Force operations netted extremists and intelligence that would later
prove invaluable in the U.S. war on terror.
Reunited with his family, Colonel Ringgenberg relocated to Washington D.C. in 2002 for a brief assignment as an appellate judge. Soon,
however, the war on terror would call Colonel Ringgenberg to the Pentagon, still recovering from the attacks on September 11. Assigned
to the staff of the Secretary of Defense, Colonel Ringgenberg was appointed an Associate Deputy General Counsel for International Law.
In that role, he was detailed to joint Defense Department and State Department team, lead by then Deputy Undersecretary of State John
Bolton. The job of that senior-level team was to negotiate international agreements to protect U.S. personnel engaged in the global war
against terrorism. That team successfully concluded agreements with over 100 nations; a milestone that Ambassador Bolton would call
“The most satisfying achievement of my career.”
In 2004, Colonel Ringgenberg retired from active duty so that Jackie and he could care for their special-needs son. They opted to return
back to their Iowa roots, buying a home in Council Bluffs. Still contributing to the nation’s defense, Colonel Ringgenberg accepted a civil
service position at the U.S. Strategic Command.
Colonel Ringgenberg has participated in multiple military campaigns to include Operations Just Cause, Desert
Shield, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Allied Force, Noble Anvil, Joint Forge, Resolute Eagle, and Enduring
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Joint Service Meritorious Service Medals,
and four Air Force Meritorious Service Medals.
Colonel Ringgenberg Is Awarded a Medal in Bosnia
Col Al in Bosnia
Today, Al and Jackie Ringgenberg
are veryinvolved in the community
of Council Bluffs. They remain very
active in their Churgh and
participate in evangelical missions
overseas. They are also engaged in a
number of civic activities in the
Council Bluffs area.
Al has found new way to continue his service to his country and his fellow
citizens in his entrance into the world of politics. Al enjoys putting his skills
and knowledge to work for the people of Council Bluffs on the City Council and
looks forward to expanding his service to representing all of District 8 in the
Iowa State Senate..
Al and Jackie Ringgenberg
|There's a lot to learn about Al Ringgenberg- his background- his qualifications-
his stand on the issues. But the most important thing to know is that
he will ALWAYS listen to the people. He will ALWAYS tell the people the truth
and he will ALWAYS do his level best to put the interests of the people first.
Right for Iowa
Right for Iowa
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