About John Ratzenberger

Since 2004, I have been active in the Town:
Planning Board,
Chair, Citizens Advisory Committee,
Personnel Grievance Panel,
Chair, 50th Anniversary Committee,
Land Use Planning Committee,
Beach Road Advisory Committee,
Beach Nourishment Education Committee,
Community Watch.

A regular attendee at the Board of Commissioners meetings, I have occasionally addressed them on items of concern. My wife, Annette, and I have, since 2003, published a small informative newsletter to residents and property owners in South Nags Head, the Village, and others.

Since 2005, I have been pleased to be the curator of the Dare County Airport Museum, responsible for a piece of local history. In 2012, with the invaluable assistance of Frank Blazich, PhD, we were able to obtain an NC Historical Marker denoting the service of Tarheels at Coastal Patrol Base 16 in WW2.

Since 2009, I have been the Director of Foreign Liaison on the Executive Board of the International Plastic Modelers, USA Branch, a hobby organization with some 4500 members in the USA.

Since 2010, I have been on the Architectural Control Committee of the Village at Nags Head.

In 2012, I was the Transportation Manager for the First Outer Banks Seafood Festival, drawing on my previous experience with the 50th Anniversary celebration on the Outer Banks Event Site.

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a minor in Statistics. Annette and I met at the university and married upon graduation -- 44 years ago. Although my parents honeymooned here in 1941, we didn't discover the Outer Banks until 1992 when we began driving from Kansas to vacation in Nags Head. It did not take long for us to decide we really liked it here and, in 1997, we purchased a home at MP 20 in South Nags Head. In 2003, we retired, moved to that home, and subsequently relocated to the Village at Nags Head in 2010.

We have two wonderful adult children; daughter Amy, with husband Scott and granddaughter Sadie, in Seattle, and son John, in Topeka. After my son's wife, Sara, was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in 2010, lung cancer awareness and research has become very important to our family and we work together in many ways to share Sara's story and raise funds for LUNGevity. Collectively, we have raised over $200,000 to date for cancer research. Our daughter, Amy, and her family, have coordinated Breathe Deep Seattle, a 5k run/walk in Seattle for three years now. Sara passed away in November 2012 but we continue the effort to eradicate this horrible disease in her memory. For more information, please visit LUNGevity.org.

In March, 1970, I entered active duty in the U.S. Army. In 1980, I transferred from active duty to the active reserve where I served continuously until retirement in 2001 with the rank of Colonel. During this time I earned the designation of Multi-functional Logistician and completed the Army War College. My final, and most rewarding, assignment was as Commander of the 561st Corps Support Group in Omaha, Nebraska, a position I held for 3-1/2 years. In 31 years of service, I served as operations officer, executive officer, and commanding officer at company, battalion, and group levels; and in a myriad of logistics staff positions at all echelons.

From 1993 to 2003, as a Department of the Army Civilian, I traveled extensively to provide logistics training via war-game simulations to US Army units in the United States, Germany, and Korea, to include the Republic of Korea Army. From 1980 to 1993, I worked in several civilian computer jobs -- applications programmer, systems programmer, data processing manager, consultant-- in the Kansas City area for Univac, Temperature Industries, and self-employed.

From my experience I understand what it takes to make plans, to make decisions, to provide customer service, and to live within the available resources. Through my prior service with the Town I have demonstrated my interest and my ability. Now I ask for your support so I can continue to serve the community as a Commissioner.