Allen W. Batschelet

Wahpeton, Iowa State University
Major General (retired)
United States Army
B.S. History, Iowa State University, 1983

General (retired) Allen Batschelet, from Spencer, Iowa, enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1981, graduating from Iowa State University in 1983, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army the same year.

During his 35-year career, Batschelet served in a variety of leader and staff positions. Among his assignments are tours with the 1st Armored, 1st Cavalry, 3rd Infantry,1st Infantry, and 4th Infantry Divisions. Command positions include Acting Commanding General, V Corps, Deputy Commanding General 4th Infantry Division and Commanding General United States Army Recruiting Command. Key staff assignments include service on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Director, Operations, Plans and Exercises, United States European Command and Chief of Staff, United States Strategic Command.

Batschelet served on numerous combat deployments. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he commanded A Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. During Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia he commanded the 3rd Battalion, 82 Field Artillery. While on multiple tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom he led Soldiers as commander of the 4th Infantry Division Artillery and Fires Brigade, and as the Chief of Staff, 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division-Baghdad.

Allen is married to his high school sweetheart, Terri, they have two children, Adam and Kelsey. The Batschelets are a proud Cyclone family – Allen graduated in 1983, Terri in 1984, Adam in 2009 and Kelsey in 2016. Allen is a recipient of the College of LAS Citation of Merit and is an inductee to the U.S. Army National ROTC Hall of Fame. Allen and Terri are life members of the Iowa State Alumni Association and Order of the Knoll.