Hall of Patriots – Class of 2018 Inductee
Sergeant Major Kenneth Baschke
It is our honor to announce this month’s Hall of Patriots inductee: Sergeant Major Kenneth Baschke of Payson, Utah. Ken is a retired Sergeant Major with the 5th Special Forces Group of the United States Army Green Berets. He is better known as “Cowboy Ken.” He is an exemplary American who continues to serve his country by diligently supporting our veteran community. We are proud to know men like Sergeant Major Baschke who make sacrifices for our nation even after retiring from active duty.
Cowboy Ken’s service began in March of 1975 when he enlisted in as an 11B Infantryman. He spent 9 years in the Infantry before joining the Special Forces, where he became a Demolition Engineer and a Light Weapons specialist. Cowboy Ken is HALO Jumpmaster qualified, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service during Operation Desert Storm. He medically retired in January of 1999.
Sergeant Major Ken Baschke has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jodi, for 43 years and has four children. A member of the Utah County Veterans Court, he has dedicated his life to supporting veterans. Cowboy Ken has held a variety of veteran fundraising efforts and is instrumental in the Little Warriors camp at Camp Wapiti, a camp for children who have lost a family member who served in the military.
Our country is great because of selfless men like Sergeant Major Kenneth Baschke and we are honored to have him as a part of our extended family. He sets an example for Americans across the country of what true patriotism looks like.