Badger High grad to lead FBI's counterterrorism efforts
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Ralph Boelter, who grew up in Lake Geneva, has been named the FBI's deputy assistant director in charge of counterterrorism.
LAKE GENEVA -- It's unlikely that Ralph Boelter even tried to predict where his career would take him when he joined the Marines at age 17 right out of Badger High School.
But the latest turn for the Lake Geneva native will bring him to Washington D.C. where he has been named the FBI's deputy assistant director in charge of counterterrorism.
In that role, he'll be responsible for the FBI's efforts in rooting out terrorist threats to national security.
Boelter, 52, honed his skills as the FBI's special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Division where he led one the largest counterterrorism investigations since the attacks of 9/11.
Boelter's philosophy is that to combat extremism, the FBI needs to build solid, sincere relationships with the community.
That was the key to his investigation into his investigation into the radicalization of young Somalis who were recruited to return to their home country to fight.
"We had to be able to show people they could trust me, trust us," Boelter told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for a story published Sunday.
After his stint in the Marines, Boelter work as a police officer in San Diego before joining the FBI.