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Bob Wheeler to be honored as Nevada Veteran of the Month

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club President Bob Wheeler will be honored this week as Veteran of the Month for the state of Nevada.

Wheeler, a retired Chief Master Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force, was informed of the honor earlier this year in a letter from Katherine N. Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

Gov. Brian Sandoval established the Veterans Service's Commission's Veteran of the Month program on Veterans Day 2011.

"Our purpose … was to recognize volunteer service to our veterans, our military, and community," Miller wrote. "Thank you for all you do. Your efforts are greatly appreciated."

Sandoval will honor Wheeler in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Old Assembly Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Carson City.

Wheeler, who has a position in Sen. Dean Heller's Veterans Administration advisory group, is also directly involved with a rescue wing at California's Moffett Field and plays an instrumental role in coordinating military exercises, including the Red, White and Tahoe Blue pararescue jump into Lake Tahoe.

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After 20 years of pararescue service, Wheeler —who currently is broker of Sierra Sotheby's International Realty in Incline Village — settled in Incline and met his future wife, M.J., a real estate broker here.

They raised M.J.'s three girls and opened Wheeler Associates Real Estate firm in 1986. The identical twin daughters (the Goldfish Twins, as known in real estate circles) and their younger sister graduated from San Diego State University and came home to join the firm in 1994 as broker/salespersons, get married, and settle in Incline Village.

Over the years, Wheeler has been recognized as Citizen of the Year for the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce, Realtor of the Year for the Incline Village Board of Realtors, and the recipient of the distinguished Don Beck Award for his efforts in protecting property rights.

His community service includes 22 years as a Rotarian, and he is a past President of the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline. He was also Grand Marshall of the 2012 RWTB parade, and is a current RWTB board member.