Drake University (Political Science and History)
Drake University Law School
United States Air Force Air War College
Al, and his wife Jackie, are active members of their church, leading various groups and participating in mission outreaches, both local and overseas. Al is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.
After entering active duty in 1983, Al tried about 100 courts-martial over a five-year period. Al was deployed numerous times and participated in three military campaigns.
In 2001 he was again deployed as the senior legal advisor to the Headquarters of the NATO Stabilization Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia. There, Al helped to track down and arrest war criminals in the former Yugoslavia. Just days after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Colonel Ringgenberg was detailed to a newly formed Joint Interagency Task Force that was directed against extremists using safe-havens.
In 2002, Al was selected for a brief assignment as an appellate judge. Soon thereafter, he was appointed as Department of Defense Associate Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs. Al participated in the negotiation of 40 international agreements to protect U.S. personnel in the global war against terrorism.
In 2004, Colonel Ringgenberg retired to Council Bluffs, accepting policy-making positions with the U.S. Strategic Command.