Ben "Felix" Ungerman retired from the Air Force in 2016 as a Colonel after nearly 25 years, serving on the White House staff working Presidential Advance for President George W. Bush, the Joint Staff as the Liaison for policy and strategy in Pakistan, in Afghanistan commanding a counterinsurgency battalion, in Islamabad Pakistan leading counter terrorism efforts with the Pakistan Air Force, and managing military cooperation and training activities in the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe. His primary role in the Air Force was as an Electronic Warfare Officer flying global reconnaissance operations onboard RC-135s based at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska that began in 1994 and concluded with more than 2700 flight hours, and over 200 hours of combat and 900 hours of combat support time supporting Operations UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti, SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq, DECISIVE ENDEAVOR in Bosnia, DELIBERATE FORCE in Bosnia, and ENDURING FREEDOM and RESOLUTE SUPPORT in Afghanistan. Felix has earned a Bachelor’s Degree and three Masters Degrees and earned the Bronze Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal along with the Army, Navy, and Air Force Achievement Medals, and various U.S. and NATO combat campaign medals. Felix has been married to Katina Ungerman for the past 24 years. They have 3 children (Zachary, Ashley, and Marquette) and two grandchildren (Lincoln and Meadow).
Ben was the Campaign Manager for Congressman Don Bacon’s successful 2020 re-election campaign. Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff & District Director for Congressman Don Bacon, since February 2017. He was also the Deputy Campaign Director for Don’s successful 2016 campaign. Ben will be resuming the previous position with the Congressman as his Deputy Chief of Staff in April, 2021.
March 11th, 2021 | 31 mins 50 secs
air force, ben, brian robinson, colonel, congressman, don bacon, felix, nebraska, real faith stories, ungerman
Ben thought he was going to be chosen to command the largest squadron in the Air Force. It was the next most obvious and logical step in his his amazing career. But it didn't happen because, as it turned out, God had a very different plan. Through the pain of that loss, Ben let go...and in doing so, God led him in a direction that he never could have imagined.