“We have to be able to translate the academic theory to operational relevance. I can’t think of an officer that I have known in my career that is better positioned and does that better than Don Ohlemacher,” Allen said.
Green said there were myriad reasons to honor Ohlemacher, but the main reason was his character.
“At its core, it is about Don’s character; how he has lived his life and what he has done for us over the course of his career,” Green said.
As a final note to his career, Ohlemacher established the Civil Engineer School as the “place of homecoming” for all civil engineers worldwide to gather and discuss issues impacting civil engineer officer development and the civil engineer enterprise.
“It was a formative opportunity to come here and lead this organization because I find it very fascinating. So, over to you guys now to carry it on,” Ohlemacher said.
In written comments during the live streamed ceremony, viewers thanked Ohlemacher for his mentorship, time, compassion and dedication to the mission. Ed Oshiba, SES, director of Resource Integration, deputy chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection at Headquarters U.S. Air Force wrote, “Thanks for embodying and living the words of General Creech: ‘The first duty of leaders is to build more leaders.’ You’ve done that throughout your career, to include inspiring me to lead. Your fingerprints are embedded on Airmen, and will continue to be embedded on Airmen for generations to come. Thanks for inspiring us all to be better critical thinkers. You challenged all of us to raise the bar.”