Jesse Kremer was born in 1977, and raised in a strong, loving Christian household by former parochial grade school principal, small business owner, and author Reynold Kremer and former school teacher and stay-at-home mom Edith Kremer. Jesse grew up with three other siblings. His parents worked tirelessly to put all four children through Christian grade schools and Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML) in Jackson. Jesse graduated from high school with high honors, was the student council president, National Honor Society member, and selected as one of the youth directors for the Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin marching band in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Jesse flipped thousands of burgers at McDonald's to follow his dream of becoming a pilot. He graduated at the top of his class and made the Dean’s list during his tenure at Fox Valley Technical College’s (FVTC) Professional Pilot Training Program. In August of 2001, Jesse became an airline captain with regional airline Midwest Connect in Milwaukee. The following month, he married his lovely wife, Janet.
Jesse can tell you exactly what it was like to be a captain at an airline in the days following the aftermath of September 11. He immediately began contemplating the idea of serving our country to preserve our liberties and maintain a safe and free future for his family. In June of 2002, Jesse enlisted in Wisconsin’s Army National Guard 832nd air ambulance unit based at the West Bend Airport. PFC Jesse Kremer graduated from the Army’s Flight Operations Specialist training at the top of his class as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Immediately following his training, Jesse was deployed to Iraq to serve with the initial wave of soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shortly after his return six months later, Jesse and Janet’s first daughter was born.
Jesse was employed as a pilot for eight years with Midwest Connect. In 2008, Midwest Airlines closed their wholly owned subsidiary. Jesse did utilize unemployment benefits for several weeks, but was willing to work any job available to stay afloat and be certain that his family was taken care of. Jesse attended the police recruit academy at the Waukesha County Technical College, and has dispatched for nearly two years with the Elm Grove Police Department. An entrepreneur at heart, Jesse and his wife Janet began three small businesses to include a cloth diaper company, website design company, and school diploma sales and manufacturing. Jesse and Janet even tried a stint at aerial photography on the weekends for a year.
Jesse has always believed in community service. While working full time at the airline, Jesse joined the Germantown Fire Department and attended classes part time to became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Village of Germantown. He continued his service as a part time day shift EMT even after he moved out of Germantown. Today, when Jesse is not flying a charter for West Bend Air – his full time employer, he is still serving 24/7 as volunteer firefighter, EMT, and fire inspector for the Village of Kewaskum where the Kremer family resides.