Notable Veteran Executives: Dirk Debbink

Chairman & CEO, MSI General Corp.

  • Category: Notable Veteran Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 37
  • Number of years with your current company/firm:
  • Undergrad degree/university: Systems Engineering/United States Naval Academy
  • Graduate degree/university: MBA/University of Chicago

Last updated on November 18th, 2020 at 10:19 pm

Dirk Debbink is an Oconomowoc native who has faithfully served his country for 35 years.

He is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Nashotah-based design-build firm MSI General Corp.

Debbink holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and a masters in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977 and was assigned to the USS Fanning. Later, he served aboard the USS Dale and as reserve deputy commander and chief of staff of the United States Pacific Fleet. He was named deputy chief of the Navy Reserve in 2007 before being named chief of Navy Reserve on the staff of the chief of Naval Operations in 2008.

He has been honored with several military honors including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with second award star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with second award star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with second award star, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

“(Debbink’s) service to our country, his community, and our economy epitomize the value of military veterans to our economy and the vitality of our communities,” said Saul Newton, executive director of Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

Upon retirement from the Navy, Debbink returned home to Oconomowoc to serve as Chairman of MSI General.

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