Carl Tegtmeier followed in the steps of his two brothers and enrolled at Missouri Military Academy in 1958. In his four years as a member of the corps of cadets, Carl played varsity baseball and basketball, performed with the Fusileers, chorus and Glee Club, and was active in M Club and the student council. In his senior year, he rose to D Company commander and Honor Company. Carl dedicated his life’s work to banking and military service. In his 31 years as a soldier, he provided combat-ready units and soldiers to the Army and Joint Forces across the full spectrum of conflict to include support for Desert Storm. For his accomplishments, he is inducted into the 2022 MMA Hall of Fame for Distinguished Military Service.
After graduating from MMA, Carl earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Westminster College. He later earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University and in 1990 graduated from the U.S. Army War College. In 1966, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army artillery. Carl trained at Fort Bliss Air Defense School and deployed to 69th Artillery Group, Wurzburg, Germany, serving in the group’s operations control over Hawk battalions along the political border in southern Germany and later commanding a unit in Freising, Germany, providing operations control of German Hawk battalions. In 1987, Carl became chief of staff of the 102nd Army Reserve Command, responsible for overseeing, supervising and directing headquarters and headquarters staff operations of the general and special staff. He initiated, developed and executed a command strategic plan for the goals and objectives of 5th U.S. Army. The 102nd was rated first out of 22 commands in 1992.
Returning from active duty, Carl joined the Army Reserve and commanded units at the company, battalion and group level. His civilian life focused on banking while serving as senior vice president of Commerce Trust Company in St. Louis for 20 years.
Carl retired from the Army as a Brigadier General. His numerous awards and decorations for his military career included the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service medal. He has served as chairman of the MMA Board of Visitors and is a current member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. It is our honor to recognize his accomplishments with his induction into the MMA Hall of Fame.