Gretchen Klingler is a former Tactical Systems Operator and a veteran of the Air Force Special Operations community. A born Buckeye, Gretchen graduated from Ohio State in 2019 with degrees in anthropology and Arabic and received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2022. She continues to use her experience in both advocacy and ethnographic research to build outreach programing within the veteran community, as well as work with refugee and military interpreter (SIV) communities. She is an avid supporter of veteran service organizations and can be found at her VFW Post when she has free time. Gretchen lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Aaron, and their small menagerie of pets.